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“God bless our going out, nor less
Our coming in, and make them sure;
Whate'er we do-whate'er endure:
ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED.—“It is a very remarkable · fact that scientific and health-giving medical and surgical practice is found only in those lands where Christianity Illustrated
by Medical has become established. It may therefore be accepted that
Science. rational and beneficial medical and surgical science and skill are blessings which come to us directly, in the providence of God, as many other blessings do, from the gospel.”
Rev. A. P. Hopper, D.D.
OBSERVATION AMONG THE INDIANS.—Rev. Mr. Shelton, who has lived many years among the Indians, says that he has not found a single Indian who has yet been civilized before he was Christianized.
LIBRARY.-Trumbull's “Studies in Oriental Social Life," The Need of Healing.
INDIVIDUAL AND NATIONAL RICHES.—"We should attend to the distinction between an individual and a community, when viewed as possessing a remarkable share of wealth. The two cases differ immensely, as far as the moral effects of wealth are concerned."- Whately.
One cultivates pride, the other not; one cherishes luxury, indolence, selfishness; the other tends to the opposite virtues. Hence the gospel promise of “all these things added” refers probably to the general welfare and to the individual as partaking thereof. This is true of all Christian nations in proportion to the purity of their Christianity.
LIBRARY.—Whately's “Annotations,” pp. 370–374, for a full discussion of the above.
INEQUALITIES.—"That strange and searching genius, Nathaniel Hawthorne, in one of his spiritual fantasies, has imagined a new
34. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Adam and Eve coming to the earth after a Day of Doom has swept away the whole of mankind, leaving their works and abodes and inventions,—all that bears witness to the present condition of humanity,—untouched and silently eloquent. The representatives of a new race enter with wonder and dismay the forsaken heritage of the old. They pass through the streets of a depopulated city. The sharp contrast between the splendor of one habitation and the squalor of another fills them with distressed astonishment. They are painfully amazed at the unmistakable signs of inequality in the conditions of men. They are troubled and overwhelmed by the evidence of the great and miserable fact that one portion of earth's lost inhabitants was rich and comfortable and full of ease, while the multitude was poor and weary and heavy laden with toil."—Henry Van Dyke, D.D., in Gospel for an Age of Doubt. See Hawthorne's Mosses from an Old Manse, p. 297 (Riverside Edition).
The gospel tends to equalize these inequalities. Even now in the best communities the poor can have the richest libraries, the most beautiful churches, the best streets, well lighted; healthful sewerage, electric cars, and many, many other comforts denied even to kings in the not-so-long-ago.
LIBRARY.—That each individual should receive worldly rewards in proportion to his virtues, and immediately, would tend to destroy virtue. See illustration in Rogers' "Greyson Letters,” which describes a man whose conscience became so entangled with his stomach that every deception made him sea-sick and the least thought of untruth unsettled his stomach, so that he became truthful almost by force and longed to be free so that he could know whether he really loved the truth and were willing to make sacrifices in order to maintain it.
34. SUFFICIENT UNTO THE DAY IS THE EVIL THEREOF.-Sidney Smith says that the best remedy for melancholy is to take short views of life. Why destroy present happiness by a distant misery which may never come at all? “For every substantial grief has twenty shadows, and most of them shadows of your own making."
“It is certainly a frenzy to go now and whip yourself, because it may so fall out that Fortune may one day decree you a whipping, and to put on your furred gown at Midsummer, because you will stand in need of it at Christmas."— Jacox.
DREADING THE FUTURE.--" That great, though morbid man, John Foster, could not heartily enjoy the summer weather, for think
ing how every sunny day was a downward step toward John the winter gloom. “I have seen a fearful sight to-day,' Experience. he would say, 'I seen a buttercup!! The bent of his
mind was so onward-looking that he saw only a premonition of December in the roses of June.”—From A. K. H. B.
LIBRARY.-A. K. H. B.'s “Recreations of a Country Parson "; Jacox's “Secular Annotations,” Vol. I., pp. 47–55, for illustrations from Literature.
BEARING THE FUTURE BURDENS.
Waits the rising of the sun.
“ By the bedside, on the stair,
At the threshold, near the gates,
Like a mendicant it waits;
“Waits and will not go away;
Waits and will not be gainsaid:
Each to-day is heavier made;
“Till at length the burden seems
Greater than our strength can bear;
Pressing on us everywhere.
“And we stand from day to day,
Like the dwarfs of time gone by,
On their shoulders held the sky."
1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
A.D, 28. 2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged : Summer. and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you
ON THE again.
JUDGING. 1. JUDGE Not, i.e., do not decide on that which of is beyond your knowledge; do not impute bad motives and condemn men on this assumption. “For," says Carlyle, "to judge another correctly, we must not merely measure the few inches of aberration from the mathematical orbit, but reckon the ratio of these to the whole diameter. This uoging
Others. orbit may be a planet's, its diameter the breadth of the solar system; or it may be a city hippodrome, nay, the circle of a gin-horse, its diameter a score of feet or paces. But the inches of deflection only are measured; and it is assumed that the diameter of the gin-horse and that of the planet will yield the same ratio when compared to them.
“Granted, the ship comes into harbor with shrouds and tackle damaged; the pilot is blameworthy, he has not been all-wise and all-powerful; but to know how blameworthy, tell us first whether his voyage has been round the globe, or only to Ramsgate and the Isle of Dogs."
A FLY ON THE CATHEDRAL PILLAR.—“There is a striking passage in which a great philosopher, the famous Bishop Berkeley, describes the thought which occurred to him of the inscrutable schemes of Providence as he saw in St. Paul's Cathedral a fly moving on one of the pillars. He says: “It requires some comprehension in the eye of an intelligent spectator to take in at one view the various parts of the building in order to observe their symmetry and design. But to the fly, whose prospect was confined to a little part of one of the stones of a single pillar, the joint beauty of the whole or the distant use of its parts was inconspicuous. To that limited view the small irregularities on the surface of the hewn stone seemed to be so many deformed rocks and precipices.' That fly on the pillar, of which the philosopher spoke, is the likeness of each