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No. 6. JUNE 1873.
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"The same kind Jesus who took the li tle children in His arms. put His hands pon them, and blessed them, is the
infinite, cternal, und unchangeable God."--p.62,
HOME LESSONS FOR THE LORD'S DAY "God is our Father in heaven,' said Katie,
and Willie added, ““God is a Spirit; and WHAT IS GOD ?
they that worship Him must worship Him THE answer we have got to learn to in spirit and in truth."!
1 day in the Catechism is a very difficult These are all correct answers, and I am one. Please, mamma, will you help us?' sure you could find many more. The said Katie, as the children seated themselves Catechism answer, though so short, is around their mother.
gathered from a great many passages of I would like first to tell you a story Scripture. Little Harry will tell us now about that answer, and then I will help what he has learned about God?' you to learn it. It is told that when the Jesus is God, mamma, and Jesus loves Westminster Divines, in preparing the little children,' said Harry Catechism, came to the question, What is
That is the best answer; Jesus is the God? these good men were so impressed brightness of the Father's glory, and the with the greatness of the subject, and with express image of His person. When Philip their own inability to frame a suitable said to Jesus, Lord, shew us the Father; answer to so very solemn a question, that Jesus said, He that hath seen me hath seen for a long time no one spoke at all. After the Father. The same kind Jesus who having met four days to consider it, George took the little children in His arms, put Gillespie, the youngest of the Scotch Com- | His hands upon them, and blessed them, is missioners, stood up in the Assembly and the infinite, eternal, and unchangeable repeated the words, God is a Spirit, infinite, God.' eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, Jesus said that He was not a spirit, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. mamma. He said, a spirit bath not flesh Some of the other ministers wrote the and bones as you see me have,' Katie answer from his lips, and no one suggested remarked enquiringly. a single alteration. All felt that this one You know, dear, that a spirit cannot be sentence contained so much truth, in words seen. No man hath seen God at any time. 80 well chosen, that a better answer to the It was His human body that Jesus shewed question, What is God? could not be to His disciples, and after they had seen prepared.'
Him ascend to heaven, they returned to Why was it so much more difficult to Jerusalem with great joy. When Jesus answer this question than the others in the told them shortly before His death that Catechism, mamma?' asked Willie.
He was going away, sorrow filled their It was more difficult because this answer hearts, and yet after they had seen Him go is the foundation on which all the others up to heaven in the clouds they were filled are built. The first three questions are with joy; why were they so glad? only the entrance to the building. Know I don't know. I thought they would ing that a right belief concerning God is have been very sorry that Jesus had gone the foundation of all true piety, these good away and left them.' men were most anxious to teach the young Jesus' parting words, “lo, I am with the knowledge of God in the very best you alway, tell us the secret of their great words that could be chosen, and they felt joy. They knew that though they would that the subject was too wonderful for them. not see Jesus any more on earth, He was You will understand this better if you still with them, that He would never leave think for a little of how many answers nor forsake them, and that He would might be given from the Bible to the supply all their need out of His infinite question, What is God? Maggie knows a stores of wisdom, power, holiness, justice, little text which tells us what God is ?' goodness, and truth. They rejoiced be
bio God is Love,"and I know another one, cause they knew that the same Jesus who mamma, “God is Light,” ' Maggie replied. | had been their friend and teacher is the
unchangeable God. I think, Willie, that I 'It is the work of saving sinners, you you could tell us now what is the meaning | mean, mamma.' of the words, in finite, eternal, and unchange • Yes, it is the cross of Jesus which able, in His being ?'
shews us most clearly the wonderful They mean that God is everywhere, that character of God. There, mercy and truth He never had a beginning and will never meet together; there, we see a just God have an end, and that He is alwaysthe same.' and a Saviour. Herein is love, not that
Quite right, Willie ; and then the Cate we loved God, but that He loved us, and chism tells us that God is infinite, eternal, sent his Son to be the propitiation for our and 'unchangeable, in His wisdom, in His sins.' power, in His holiness, &c. We must think Then the children read the story of the of what that means now. Who was it that cross, of asked God for wisdom, and received a very
That wonderful redemption, large share of it from Him?'.
God's remedy for sin, It was Solomon, mamma,' said Katie. and mamma told them that God's wisdom He was the wisest man in the world; the had planned the great salvation before the queen of Sheba came a long journey to world was made, and that His eternal truth hear his wisdom?'.
will carry it on till all the redeemed, that "And yet Jesus said, “a greater than great multitude, which no man could Solomon is here." Solomon's wisdom was
number, stand around the throne, clothed only finite, that is, measured; there were a with white robes, and palms in their hands great many things that Solomon did not And they spoke of a little Persian girl know; but the wisdom of Jesus is in finite ; who had learned the story of the cross in it cannot be measured, because He knows Miss Fiske's Mission School, and had given everything. Solomon was a very powerful her heart to Jesus. One day she came to king, but there were a great many things her teacher and asked her if it was wrong that he could not do. He could not heal the to wish to die. •Why should you wish to sick, raise the dead, or command the winds die,' asked Miss Fiske, , and the child and the sea, because his power was only replied, “That I may go and stay with Jesus finite. Jesus can do everything because and never sin again. Another time she His power is infinite. Solomon built a said, “It seems to me I cannot wait, I do so magnificent temple; Jesus created the want to go to my Saviour.' heavens and the earth.
Soon her longing soul was satisfied. A Can you tell me what good man was so few months after she was seized with distinguished for his holiness, justice, cholera, and joyfully departed to be with goodness, and truth, that his enemies could Christ, which is far better. "Blessed are find nothing against him, except con the pure in heart: for they shall see God.' cerning the law of his God?'.
That was Daniel, mamma; he was the man greatly beloved.'
A NEW KIND OF SOCIETY. Daniel was a very beautiful character, THEN one is very poorly and tired, and yet you know how he confessed his
and not well enough to go out of sins to God, and besought his forgiveness. doors or even run about in the house, how Jesus alone is infinite or perfect in holiness, nice it is to have something fresh to read ! justice, &c. He alone did no sin. But something not too heavy, because a big the best way to learn the wonderful wisdom, | book makes one's arms ache; and not too power, and holiness of God, is to consider long, because one soon gets tired; and not them in His works. Do you know in too hard, because it would make one's which of God's works His wisdom, power, | head ache. How particularly nice if it holiness, justice, goodness, and truth, are happens to be the first Sunday in the all most gloriously displayed ?'
month, and there is a new Dayspring ready A NEW KIND OF SOCIETY.
to read! Now, do you not think that the Society? I hope a great many Dayspring poor little invalids in a Children's Hospital, Societies' will be formed at once, so that or in the Children's Ward of other Hospi the poor little invalids may not have to tals, would like very much if somebody wait for their magazines while we are would send the Dayspring to them? thinking and hesitating about it. It There they lie in their little beds for weeks would be a very kind thing if some of the or months, and if just well enough to sit Dayspring Societies would send a copy or up and walk about the ward, they get two to the poor children in workhouses, restless and tired, and would be just as for they have very few little pleasures, and glad to have some new pictures to look at are in many ways much more to be pitied and a new magazine to read, as you are than even the little ones in the Hospitals. when you have been ill. Who will be the Many are orphans, and all are very, very poor good Somebody?' A day or two ago a and friendless, and no one comes to see them kind clergyman arranged to send several and bring them little books or presents. copies every month to the Children's Perhaps some little girl or boy living in Hospital at Birmingham, but who will send the country, says, 'Oh dear! I can't have to all the other Hospitals ?
à Dayspring Society, because I have no I will tell you what I would do if I were little friends living near!' Then I will tell a little girl or boy of nine or ten years old. you what to do. I daresay you can afford I would start a ·Dayspring Society!' The an extra halfpenny a month, then order grown-up people have plenty of great two Daysprings (or three) to be sent to you, grown-up Societies, and why should not the instead of one, every month. Then, when children have little wee Societies, and plenty a rainy-day comes, (and no fear but there of them too, on their own account?" This will be plenty), get your little paintbox, is how I would set about it. First, I would and colour a few of the pictures as neatly ask God to help me, and to show me how and prettily as you can, and then post to do it in the best way, and to bless my them to any Hospital or Workhouse which little •Society. Then I would go and ask your parents will tell you of. It will be so one or two of my little friends to join me, very pleasant to feel that you have a little and then we would set to work, perhaps work to do every month for the poor little three of us. Then we would ask our sick or friendless ones; and pleasanter still, friends-kind old ladies, big brothers, if you look up to the Lord Jesus and ask good-natured uncles, and so forth, to give Him to bless and accept your little work, us an odd penny or two, (never despising and to let it make the poor little children stray farthings ;) and I dont think it would glad and happy. be many days before we had money enough. As the ·Dayspring Societies' will take Then we would put it all together, and see only a little time and money, they need not how many Daysprings it would supply; in the least interfere with the Bible Society and then we would send it to Messrs or Missionary work in which I hope every Parlane, 97 High Street, Paisley, with an little subscriber to the Dayspring has a order for copies for any Hospital our good share. Many of you are interested in the friends advise. Only fancy twelve Day · Birds' Nest' at Dublin; I wish one of springs going to brighten up the poor little the Dayspring Societies' would undertake sick children for every sixpence we get! to send half a dozen copies, or even a And if our funds were sufficiently magnifi- dozen, every month to the little Irish cent, we would also order a bound copy of Birds. I hope to hear in next month's last year's Dayspring, which only costs a magazine that somebody has undertaken shilling, because that would last a long this, and started a Birds' Nest Dayspring time, and amuse numbers of little ones in Society.' 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one a Children's Ward. Would not this be a of the least..ye have done it unto Me.' very easy and delightful new kind of |
F. R. HAVERGAL.
THE LITTLE OUTCAST. Haggard face and hungry,
Features wan and thin, Little feet and fingers,
Early trained to sin. Eyes, whose blue is often
Dimmed by blinding tears, Loving voices never
Meet his childish ears. Bred in courts and alleys,
Dark and foul and sad, Even God's bright sunshine
Cannot make them glad. Never breath of summer
Spring with all its sweets, Comes with perfumed breezes
Down such narrow streets. Little lonely orphan!
Are there none to bless
In its loneliness ?
Mother's voice and touch!
Can we wonder much?
Are there none to help him ?
Have we all forgot
Said, Forbid them not?'
He is dear to Christ.
Call they not to us,
Shall we leave them thus ?
Give us strength to see, Helping these Thy children
We are helping Thee.
Teeth as white as pearls, Hair like threads of sunshine,
Oh such sunny curls! Little clinging fingers,
Little pattering feet, None of spring-time's flowers
Seem to us so sweet,