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“ MY DAYS ARE AS AN HAND'S BREADTH.”
A truth I very fully acknowledge; yet to how little practical effect do I consider it! How seldom as applied to my own self, does its remembrance come home with realizing power! I cannot stir beyond my door but the tolling bell repeats the lesson ; I hear it, and I heed it not. An acquaintance drops, and I am startled; a nearer and a dearer friend is withdrawn, and now I weep, and reflection busies itself in following the departed; and a voice is heard, saying, “Set thine house in order, for thou shalt die;" “ Prepare to meet thy God.” Conviction follows the appeal; for a little season the solemn change appears to be at hand : “ Lord ! comest thou to me in this watch ?” is the enquiry, which the heart, impressed under such warnings, will with solicitude put forth. Time passes, and the summons comes not; forgetfulness and security succeed: but every closing day abridges something of the short remaining portion of the sojourn here; and, ere another sun arises, “I may go hence and be no more seen.” The sentence may even now have proceeded from on high, “This night thy soul shall be required of thee;' shall I not therefore ask, “Then
whose shall those things be which I have provided ?” Shall they be thine, my Saviour and Redeemer? Shall this soul, this spirit, which thou didst
forth to purchase at so dear a rate, shall it return to Thee ? Where are my thoughts, my affections, my desires ? Roving to the very ends of the earth ? Centered in some little spot of home endearments, and of intellectual joys ? Or, fixed on heaven, on things unseen, on the living God," the heavenly Jerusalem, on an innumerable company of angels, the general assembly and church of the first-born, and God the Judge of all, and on the spirits of just men made perfect ?” Where are my hopes ? Rest they on myself ? On the faint prayers which I have breathed ? On the poor pitiful performances of a charity but scanty in its measure, and cold and tardy in its performance ? On tears of repentance seldom shed; on deeds of self-denial, in number few ; in spirit, little in accord with Him who trod privation's painful path? Are these my hopes ? Poor perishing delusions all! Or, are they anchored on a firmer rock? Ascend they to the Rock of Ages, to Salvation's Lord? Do they with trembling yet believing faith, lay hold on Christ? Am I in lowliness of spirit, come to “ Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel ?”
Lord ! if here I make my resting-place I fail not; therefore do thou henceforth take my heart, my life, my thoughts into thy keeping ; mould them into confor,
mity with thy will, and then shall I be safe. Then shall I know no fear, for the everlasting arms shall be beneath me and shall bear me up; and, with confiding trust, my latest breath may testify that “into thy hands," I do in hope, “commend my spirit,” because “ Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of Truth.”
TRIED AND FOUND FAITHFUL.
“ I HAVE no greater joy,” writes the beloved disciple, “than to hear that my children walk in truth;” and it must afford the friends of the London Female Mission great gratification at all times to learn that those who have been the objects of its solicitude, either in the Probationary House or in the District Asylums, are conducting themselves well in the situations to which they have been introduced. The following are some of the communications which have been received by the St. Marylebone Female Penitentiary Society, relating to the young women who have left its asylum :
S “Dear Madam,
" At the request of Mary J.'s mother, I have promised to write to you. Her parents regret you have not received any account of her before this, but they concluded that the gentleman to whom Mary brought a letter from Mr. Nasmith would have written. Mrs. J. wishes me to say that she · feels very grateful to you for your kindness to her daughter, and that Mary has conducted herself well
since her return home. I am happy also to be able to confirm this statement so far as I have had an opportunity of judging. She has been in our family since Christmas (1838), and we have not witnessed the slightest evidence of her former conduct; I cannot speak decidedly of a real change of heart, but she appears desirous of attending the house of God, and embraces other opportunities for getting good.
Mary desires I will return you many thanks for the kindness she experienced, and begs you will be so good as to present her duty to the Matrons.
Hoping that your exertions, and those of the Society with which
you are connected, will be greatly honoured of God,
“I remain, &c., M. B." To Mrs. Love, Treasurer.
R“ Mrs. G. E- — has great pleasure in informing the ladies of the Committee that Mary Ann Fhas been in her service twelve months ; she has conducted herself with great propriety, and gained the confidence and best wishes of the family by her consistent and general good conduct.
“January 30th, 1840."
“W-, July 13th, 1840. " To Mrs. Lowe, Madam,
“ The kind and Christian treatment that my daughter, Janet L- received from you, and the other ladies of the Committee, during the time that she was under your care, assures me that you will still feel an interest in her welfare. I am happy to
that she has conducted herself with propriety ever since she left the Asylum. The instructions that she received while under your care seem to have made a salutary impression upon her mind, and I sincerely hope it may be lasting. She is at present in a situation in a respectable family, and they are perfectly satisfied with her. Janet has expressed a wish that when her mistress shall give her leave of absence, she might be permitted to come and see you, and visit the Asylum ; this I cannot allow unless it meet your approbation.
“I remain, Madam, &c., Alexander L
“S- NDear Madam, “I am happy to say that Ann S
has conducted herself greatly to my satisfaction : she is honest, willing, and exceedingly good-tempered, and I sincerely hope she will continue with me, as I should be much grieved to part with her. She appears happy, and I purpose giving her a holiday this week to go and see her father, as she is very anxious to visit her parents again.
“I am, Dear Madam,
“ Yours obliged,
“M. T-" To Mrs. Lowe.
“S, May 6th, 1840. Madam,
I hope you will pardon me, and not think me ungrateful in not sending to you before, but as I have been living in a gentleman's family I had no time to write to you. I never shall forget your