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share with you? Do you pray with them? Do you pray
for them ? Did you ask, that you might be directed to those best suited to this important office? Do your consciences answer yes to these questions? —Then, take courage; if no ;-then wonder not at the results of your own neglect. God has given you the means, you have not used them. Oh! mothers, mothers, awake; I see that the regeneration of the world depends in a great measure on your efforts, on your prayers. What are all other duties to yours?
Oh! be women of faith, of prayer, of holiness, of love; see that the generations to come will from you receive their impress; look at the little immortals you are training as the instruments, perhaps of incalculable good, or incalculable evil, to the whole human race; look at them and see in those germs the future man-nay, more, see in them the germs of a future immortal -destined to live on through illimitable ages-destined to exist when the earth shall have been swallowed up in the last flames; look upon them, and wonder that God has entrusted such precious jewels to such weak hands; look on them, and think my child's destiny through eternity, depends instrumentally on me; oh! look, and fall down with adoring gratitude and praise at his feet, who
says, “I will help thee.” I have shewn thee the weight of thy burden that thou mightest not rest till thou hadst laid it on me. “I will strengthen the weak and support the feeble knees,” and at length thou shalt stand the conflict over, and the trial past, with these immortal spirits before my throne, washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb.
“ A GIFT FOR MOTHERS." THE FEMALES' ADVOCATE.
It is one of the most distinguishing and lovely features of Christianity, that it not only inculcates, but actually produces and cherishes, the grace of true humility. So remote is this Christian grace from the spirit of paganism, even in its least exceptionable forms, that the language of the most enlightened nation at the advent of Christ, did not supply a word expressive of what we mean by humility. It belongs to the Gospel to have made the discovery that there is a spirit of self-abasement, which, while it is befitting our character as sinners, is intimately connected with the highest moral dignity.
There is, however, much that passes current in the world for humility, which does not deserve the name ; and in respect to this, as of all the other graces of the Christian, it is important that we should be able to detect its counterfeits. There is, for instance, an abject spirit, which is grovelling in its nature, and finds its appropriate element amidst a corresponding set of objects; whereas, true humility lifts the soul from the dust, and brings it in contact with some of the most glorious objects
in the universe. There is also a desponding spirit, which lives upon doubts and anxieties, in respect to personal religious experience, and turns away from the promises as if they were made only for those who could appropriate them with absolute assurance: this cannot be genuine humility ; but is the legitimate offspring of unbelief; because humility is always connected with living faith. There is, moreover, a timid spirit, which attempts little, and therefore accomplishes little, on the ground perhaps, that there may be danger of overrating one's own powers; but humility is perfectly consistent with forming large plans, and entering upon the most extensive field of action provided it be from Christian motives.
But there is nothing in which a spirit of false humility discovers itself more decisively than in speaking more unfavourably of oneself than facts will warrant. Expressions of this kind almost uniformly fail in producing their object; for it requires but little discernment to detect the unworthy motive. If we attribute to ourselves faults with which we and the world know that we are not chargeable, instead of being taken as a mark of humility, it will be regarded as an indication of a weak mind, and an unworthy attempt to provoke commendation which we do not deserve.
Another common and very painful exhibition of spurious humility, consists in the indiscriminate and often somewhat public confessions of professed Chris
tians, in respect to their own coldness and neglect of duty, when they manifest no disposition to be more active and faithful. These unmeaning confessions are often found a most convenient substitute for the performance of duty; and if we mistake not, many a lukewarm Christian has found in them an opiate to his conscience, which has lulled him to sleep many days. Wherever we see active efforts to forsake sin and an earnest desire to rise to a higher tone of religious feeling and action, there we may feel assured is true humility ; but where nothing appears but confessions of delinquency, however deep or often repeated, we may rely on it, the genuine grace is not there.
True humility is one of the effects of divine grace operating upon the heart. It discovers itself in heartfelt expressions of abasement before God, and in the modesty of our appearance, conversation, and pursuits, before the world. It is an essential and prominent part of Christian character; we have so much, and only so much, of true religion as we have of true humility. It is also essential to the Christian's comfort. Pride makes the soul restless and unhappy, but wherever genuine humility appears, whatever the external circumstances may be, there you may look with confidence for true happiness.
We may also add, that a spirit of humility will go far towards rendering its professor useful. The usefulness of the proud man must be limited, not only because his pride will keep him in a narrow sphere,
but because the efforts which he actually makes, being prompted by a wrong spirit, will not be likely to draw down upon them the blessing of God.
D. O. B.
* THE ORPHAN'S CURSE. Thomas Baker, a tradesman of good character, resided a few years ago in the small town of in the south of Ireland. His family consisted of a wife and six children, all of fair promise and healthful appear
His character was good, and his small shop enabled him, with the assistance of occasional lodgers, to support them with comfort in the humble rank which Providence had assigned.
A poor friendless orphan girl, whom they took from a charitable institution in the neighbouring city, was their sole domestic. She had become their apprentice at the age of nineteen, and for some time appeared to give them satisfaction, until her mistress fancied that she saw a freedom in Mary's manner towards some of her lodgers, and charged her on no pretence to enter the apartments belonging exclusively to them. This was a command more easily issued than obeyed; as being the only servant she had to attend on them in some degree; and soon after, unfortunately, her mistress met her coming out of one of their rooms. Exasperated at having her commands disregarded, Mrs Baker ran down stairs and told her husband that they must immediately part with Mary, as she had no doubt of her being a very badly-conducted creature, whom she could not, and would not, allow to remain longer in her house. But how to get rid of the poor orphan was the question.
* This narrative has been authenticated to the Editor.