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climbed mamma's knee, saying, Please,
tell me a story.' HOME LESSONS FOR THE LORD'S DAY.
And what will my story be about, THE WORD OF POWER.
About the sea, mamma, and the big waves.' 6THE work of creation is God's making all •I think we shall read about God making
1 things of nothing, by the word of His the sea and the dry land. It is the first power, in the space of six days, and all very story that ever was written, for it tells us good.'
of what God did long ago before the world Our young friends had learned this was, and before time began. Can you tell answer from the Catechism, and as they me where to find that story, Maggie? were now spending their holidays by the It is in the first chapter of Genesis, at sea-coast, their parents thought they could the very beginning of the Bible, and Moses explain it to them best, by helping them wrote it, mamma.' to observe the wonderful works of creation "And why is the first book of the Bible spread around them. The Bible and the called Genesis ?' book of Nature were the only volumes the • Because Genesis means "the begin. children were expected to study during the ning,”' Katie replied. vacation. All other lesson books had been The chapter we are going to read is the laid aside, and both parents and children only true history of the beginning of the heartily enjoyed their sea-side rambles. world; all other accounts are only foolish · The parents were very desirous that the fables, for none but God could tell us how minds as well as the bodies of the children the world was made. Now we will read should be braced and strengthened by their the chapter, and Harry will listen to the residence at the coast; and so they took wonderful story.' great pains to point out to them many When they had finished reading, mamma proofs of the wisdom and care of God, in said to little Harry, · When a man is going the structure of shells, plants, and fishes &c. to build a house, he collects stones, and
The children got interested in the sub lime, and wood, &c., of which to build it; ject, and soon learned to discover new can you tell me of what God made the wonders for themselves.
world?' On Sabbaths, it was a great pleasure to Of nothing, mamma; God made the them to walk to and from the house of world, and the sun, and the moon, and the God by the edge of the sea, and to watch stars, all of nothing.' the waves as they broke on the shore. • Yes, how very wonderful. God alone Then papa or mamma would talk to them can make anything of nothing. What of that word of power which in the begin word in our lesson tells us that God made ning brake up for the sea its decreed place, all things of nothing, Katie?'. and shut it up with bars and doors, and The first verse says, “In the beginning said, "hitherto shalt thou come, but no God created the heaven and the earth." further; and here shall thy proud waves Created, is the word, mamma.' be stayed. Again they would speak of God's making all things of nothing, is how every ebbing and flowing tide exe called the work of creation. This is the cuted that perpetual decree, by which God first truth the Bible makes known to us. had placed the sand for the bound of the It is the first Bible wonder, and the next is sea, that it cannot pass it; and when the how he made all things. Can you tell me storm was raging around, they would point this, Harry?' to Him who said to the waves, Peace, be "God said, Light be, and it was, and He still; and there was a great calm.
said, Let the dry land appear, and the When the children were seated round waters flowed into the seas, and the dry the table for their Bible lesson, little Harry | land appeared.'
6“By the word of the Lord were the playing on the sea-shore, and diverting heavens made; for He spake, and it was himself in now and then finding a sinoother done; He commanded, and it stood fast." pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, And still God upholds all things by the while the great ocean of truth lay all unword of His power. This is the second of discovered before me.” The more we creation's wonders. Do you know what know of God, the more will we feel our the word “day," means, in this chapter?' own ignorance. In studying the works of
A day means twenty-four hours, from creation, there is one truth which we must one morning till the next morning,' said not forget. It is stated six times in the Katie.
chapter we have been reading, and is menA day commonly does mean twenty tioned in the catechism: What is it Willie?' four hours, but in Scripture it often means a All very good. “God saw every thing period of time which may be of any length. that He had made, and, behold, it was
The six days of creation cannot mean days of very good."" twenty-four hours, because the sun was not Every thing was created perfect, and appointed to rule over the day, and to divide served the end for which God had made it. the light from the darkness, till the fourth Nothing could have been made better than day. Time, as we reckon it, did not begin it is. All God's works praise Him. The till Adam was created. The six periods of heavens declare His glory, and the earth is creation are called days, to bring before full of His goodness. Mountains, and all our minds at one view, the whole of this hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; beasts great work, and to fix in our hearts the and all cattle; creeping things and flying truth, that one day is with the Lord as a fowl: all praise the name of the Lord.' thousand years, and a thousand years as Do you remember, Willie, how Jesus one day. Now, Willie, you might name taught His disciples to look at the works some of the wonders done by that word of of creation around then ? What did He power, in these six days ??
teach them from the light, and the life, •Light was created on the first day; air and the air?? on the second; the dry land appeared, and • He taught them that light, and life, are plants were created on the third day; the emblems of the gospel; and that the wind sun and moon became lights to the earth or air, is an emblem of the Holy Spirit.' on the fourth day; then living creatures Every thing in nature is designed to were made, and last of all, God created teach us spiritual truth, and the Bible man.'
teaches us to read the book of nature How many wonders you have named, aright. I remember some lines written by Willie. We might study any one of them John Newton on the sea-shore. I learned all our lives long, and be ever finding new them long ago, and I think you might wonders regarding it. Do you know what learn them now:lesson God taught Job from the works of creation ? Read Job 42. 3-6.'
In every object here, I see "I have uttered that I understand not; Something, O Lord, that points to Thee: things too wonderful for me, which I knew Firm as the rock Thy promise stands ; not...Wherefore I abhor myself, Thy mercies countless as the sands ; and repent in dust and ashes.'
Thy love, a sea immensely wide; Humility is the great lesson we should Thy grace an ever flowing tide. learn from the wonderful display of God's
In every object here, I see power and wisdom in the works of creation.
Something, my heart, that points at thee : The great Sir Isaac Newton said, a short
Hard as the rock that bounds the strand; time before his death, “I do not know Unfruitful, like the barren sand; what I may appear to the world ; but to
Deep and deceitful as the ocean; myself, I seem to have been only like a boy ! And, like the tide, in constant motion.
THE SWALLOW. W ITH the summer come the Swallows. | for these happy creatures to remain here,
YY There is but little of spring remain- | but they love to come to the shores of ing to us when they begin to appear, and Britain when the warmth of summer inby the time they have built their nests and vites them and makes the climate such as made ready the home for their little ones, they can stand. It is here, however, that summer, with its wealth of foliage and they have their true home, where they flower, has decked the earth with beauty. | hatih the young brood, and find delightful Our northern climate is too cold in winter l employment all through the long days of
summer in providing for the wants of the of swallows were found roosting in the hall. hungry little mouths at home.
For a good many years back they had built Those who have watched the swallows their nest in the outer porch, and when the say that they come every three minutes old nest was examined there was in it a large throughout the day to the nest with food piece of glass. The maid confessed that for their little ones. And it is a long day when they began to build in the old place with them,-up in the early morning, in she put the glass in to prevent them; that the bright sunny hours when nature is they had then gone to a corresponding fresh and glad, long before man begins his nook on the other side of the porch, and work, and on till the night closes in with she had put in a piece of glass there too. lingering shadow ;-a day truly of busy and Being thus driven altogether from the old incessant, yet glad and happy working. haunt, they had come within doors to
The quantity of insects which the swal complain, as it were, of what been done. lows destroy is really enormous. A table So soon as they were noticed the glass was spoonful was taken from the mouth of a removed, and the swallows at once, with swallow accidentally shot. Indeed, but for joyful chattering, began to build in their swallows and other insect-feeding birds, dear old home. Swallows often build the we would be overrun with wasps, cock nest in a belfry, and have been known to roaches, beetles, and other noxious insects. build in a large school-house. And here I may mention a curious circum I do not doubt but our little readers stance, that while they feed upon bees, could tell who it is that says, “The sparrow swallows rarely touch the working bee. hath found an house, and the swallow a They prefer the big lazy fellows we call nest for herself, where she may lay her drones; and I wonder sometimes whether young, even Thine altars, O Lord of hosts, it wouldn't be a good thing if there could my King, and my God.' Would that all be a swallow or two attached to every who read this could feel towards that school to snap up the lazy boys and girls loving and kind Father, who has made us that won't work. There are some older and the swallow, such a trustful love as folks too in the world, who find it very David felt when in the swallow's confidence difficult, with all the sunshine that is in it, he found an emblem of his own. to extract any honey from the flowers of With us the swallow's nest is composed life, and for these also a big swallow might externally of tempered clay, neatly built be a good medicine.
up-a mud cabin, such as is to be found Like the robin the swallow is endeared in some parts of Ireland, and within it is to our hearts. They come so trustfully to lined with hay, wool, moss, feathers, or build in our houses, either under the eaves, some soft substance. They can protect or in the chimney, or close by us in the themselves if attacked, and have been church steeple, and they fly in and out with known, when other birds, such as sparrows, such fearless confidence that they win their take possession of their nests, to assert way to our affections. There are few boys their right of property vigorously, and by 80 cruel as to kill a swallow. The swallow the help of one another, even building in is greatly attached to its own particular the intruder as a punishment, and somenest. Year after year they come back to times tearing the nest down and throwing the same building and construct their nests out the little sparrows. in the selfsame nooks. They have been The edible nests we read of, as found in known to come back for twenty summers Java, are constructed by swallows. The to the same cottage, and if by any chance Chinese prize them as great delicacies, and the building has come down in the interval, make soup of them. They are said to be they fly round and round the well remem very nutritious and wholesome. They are bered spot and make mournful cries. built on the perpendicular rocks and the
This spring, in a country house, a pair | sides of the lofty caverns which abound in
Java. The men who gather them are let! 15 What did Jesus say should become of the down by ropes at great risk of their lives; righteous and of the wicked then? These shall but the trade is profitable and extensive.
go away into everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into life eternal.” (Matt. 25. 46.) The annual weight of nests brought to
16 What then should we do? Watch and market is 5000 pounds, and the value
pray: for ye know not when the time is. realized, £200,000.
(Mark 13. 33.) The swallow excels in the swiftness of its
V.-Comfort for Weary Sinners. flight and grace of its movements. They
17 What does Jesus say to those who labour live on the wing, and it is the free air that and are heavy laden? Come unto Me all ye they love. Dr Chalmers once wished, as that labour and are heavy laden, and I will he watched their flight, that he was a bird ;
give you rest. (Mat. 11. 28.) and David says, Oh that I had wings. .
18 But will He not turn you away if you have
been wicked? Him that cometh to Me I will for then would I fly away, and be at rest.'
in no wise cast out. (John 6. 37.) To the swallow there is no rest. They are 19 And is He able to save you? He is able on the wing the livelong day. It is sup also to save them to the uttermost that come posed that they have a king or captain, at
unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to
make intercession for them. whose call they are ready to fly. Two
(Heb. 7. 25.)
20 and what is there in store for then that love quick, sharp notes are heard, and all the
Jesus? Eye hath not wee:1, nor ear heard, swallows in sight disappear. At the close neither have entered into the heart of man, the of the summer they collect in large num things which God hath prepared for them that bers; the hosts are marshalled, and in
love Him. (1 Cor. 2. 9.5 great flights they set out for a warmer
VI.-Rest. clime. Wearied on the wing, they some 21 Is there any rest for us if we are wicked? times light on a passing ship, or on the The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it ocean's kindly bosom to rest, and then they
cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. rise with renewed energy to pursue their
There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
Isa. (57. 20-21.) flight. They never swerve from their
__22 Shall we find peace if we learn of Jesus? course, but press ever onwards. They Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for seek a country, and they never cease their
I am meck and lowly in heart: and ye shall flight till they arrive in its genial warmth.
find rest unto your souls. (Mat. 11. 29.) I close with a question for all. Are you
23 What did Jesus say about the mansions
above? In my Father's house are many manseeking a better country? Then are you sions : if it were not so, I would have told you. pressing on and never halting till you reach I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14. 2.) its blessed shore? Swift as an arrow is 24 Are God's people sure of rest at last? There the flight of time; and it will be sad, when
remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. we should be seeking the eternal summer
(Heb. 4. 9.) of heaven, if we are overtaken and de VII.--The Widow and the Orphan. stroyed by the frosts of earth.
25 Has God promised to remember the lonely widow and the orphan? Leave thy fatherless
children, I will preserve them alive; and let PIONEER QUESTIONS
thy widows trust in me. (Jer. 49. 11.) PREPARED FOR THE CHILDREN'S SERVICE' AT
26 And the poor and destitute, will God hear
their cry? He shall deliver the needy when he GOUROCK BY REV. DAVID MACRAE.
crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no
helper. (Psa. 72. 12.)" SERIES A.-SCRIPTURE QUARTETTS.
27 Would God have us be kind to the poor?
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord IV.-The Judgment.
will deliver him in time of trouble. (Psa. 41. 1.) 13 What is appointed unto all men? It is 28 Is it the mark of a Christian to care for the appointed unto all men once to die, but after poor and the lonely? Pure religion and undethis the judgment. (Heb. 9. 27.)
filed before God and the Father is this, To visit 14 Will all our secrets be brought into the light the fatherless and widows in their affliction, then? God shall bring every work into judge and to keep himself unspotted from the world. ment, with every secret thing. (Eccl. 12. 14.) I (James 1. 27.)