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THE PJL'i'JLHBTJBG- DISPATCH, MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1892.
GOD LIKE A MOTHER,
A Characteristic Sermon on Bis Mer
cies by Dr. Talmage.
THE EXTREME OF TENDERNESS.
People ire Usually Struck by the Harsh
INBTEAD OF THOSE SHOWING FATOE
CEFECT1I. TELXGBAM TO TITE DIErATCn.l
Beookltjt, Dec. 1L Rev. Dr. Talmage
to-day, in select in? a subject for bis sermon,
chose an aspect of the divine character
which is seldom considered. To an un
usually large audience he discoursed on
God as "The Mother of All," the text be
ing taken from Isaiah, Ixvi., 13: "As one
whom his mother comforteth, so trill I com
The Bible is a warm letter of affection
from a parent to a child, and yet there are
xoany who see chiefly the severer passages.
As there may be 50 or 60 nights of gentle
dew in one summer, that will not cause as
much remark as one hailstorm of half an
hour, so there are those who arc more
struck by those passages of the Bible that
announce the indignation of God than by
. those that announce His affection. There
may come to a household SO or SO letters of
Ejection during the year, and they will not
make as much excitement in that home as
one Sherifl's writ; aud so there are people
who are more attentive to those passages
which announce the judgments ot God than
to those which announce His mercy and His
The text of this morningbends with great
gentleness and love over all who are pros
trate in sin and trouble. It lights up with
compassion. It melts with tenderness. It
breathes upon us the hush of an eternal lul-
JaDj, J or it announces tliat ttoa is our
Mother. "As one whom his mother com
lorteth, so will I comfort you."
A Mother's Simplicity.
I remark, in the first place, that God has
& mother's simplicity of instruction. A
father does not know how to teach a child
the A, B, C Men are not skillful in the
primary department, but a mother has so
much patience that she will tell a child for
the hundredth time the difference between
P and G, and between I and J. So God, our
Mother, stoops down to our infantile minds.
Though we are told a thing a thousand
times, and we do not understand it, our
heavenly Mother goes on, line upon line,
precept upon precept, here a little and
there a little.
Gorl puts us in the school of adversity,
and the letters aie black, and we cannot
spoil them. If God were merely a king He
would punish us; if He were simply a father
He would whip us; bat God is a mother, and
so we arc borne with and helped all the
A mother teaches her child chiefly by
pictures. If she wants to set forth to her
child the hideousness of a quarrelsome
spirit, instead of giving a lecture upon that
Eubject, she turns over a leaf and shows the
child two boys in a wrangle, and savs,
"Does that not look horrible?" If she
wants to teach her child the anfulness of
war, she turns over the picture book and
shows the war charier, the headless trunks
of butchered men, the wild, bloodshot eye
of battle rolling under lids of flame, and
she says, "That is war!" The child under
stands" it. In a great many books the best
part are the picture's. The style
may be insipid, the type poor,
but a picture always attracts
a child's attention. Now God, our Mother,
teaches us almost everything by pictures.
Is the dn ine goodness to be set lbrth? How
does God, our Mother, teach us? By an
autumnal picture. The barns arc lull. The
wheat stacks are rounded. The cattle are
cliewing the cud lazily in the sun. The or.
chards are dropping the ripe pippins into
the lap of the tanner. The natural world,
that has been busy all summer, seems now
to be resting in great abundance. "We look
at the picture and say, "Thou crownest the
year with thy goodness, and thy paths
drop fatness." Our family comes around
the breakfast table. It has been a very
cold night, but the children are all bright,
because they slept under thick coverlids,
and they are now in the warm blast of the
open register, and their appetites make lux
uries out of the plainest fare, and we look
at the picture and sav, "Bless the Lord, O
my soul I"
The Sheep and the Goats.
God wishes to set forth the fact that in
the judgment thefcood will be divided trom
the wicked. How is it done? By a picture;
by a parable a fishing scene. A group of
hardy men, long-bearded, geared ior stand
ing to the waist in water; sleeves rolled up.
Long oar, snngilt; boat battered as though
P3 J k&y iJ&FZ?" Afir ll3f
For Gbnstmas Its
it had been a playmate of the storm. A
lull net thumping about with the fish,
which have just discovered their captivity,
the worthless moss-bunkers and the useful
flounders all In the tame net. The fisher
man puts his hand down amid the squirm-,
ing fins, takes out the moss-bunkers and
throws them into the water, and gathers
the good fish into the paiL So, says Christ,
it shall be at the end of the world. The bad
He will cast away, and the good He will
Does God, our Mother, want to set forth
what a foolish thing it is to go away from
the right, and how glad divine mercy is to
take back the wanderer? How is it done?
By a picture. A good father. Large
farm, with (at sheep and oxen. Fine house.
with exquisite wardrobe. Discontented
boy. Goes away. Sharpers fleece him.
Feeds hogs. Gets homesick. Starts-back.
Sees an old man running. It is father!
The hand, torn of the husks, gets a ring.
The foot, inflamed and bleeding, gets a san
dal. The bare shoulder, showing through
the tatters, gets a robe. The stomach,
gnawing itself with hunger, gets a- full
platter smoking with meat. The .father
cannot eat for looking at the returned
adventurer. Tears running down tho
face until they come to a smile the night
dew melting into the morning. No work
on the farm that day; for when a bad boy
repents, and comes back, promising to do
better, God knows that is enough tor tone
day. "And they began to be merry."
Picture Prodigal son returned from, the
wilderness. So God,tonr Mother, teaches
us everything by pictures. The sinner is a
lost sheep. Jesus is a bridegroom. The
useless man a barren fig tree. The -gospel
is a great supper. Satan, a sower ot tares.
Truth, a mustard seed. That which we
could not have understood in the abstract
statement, God, our Mother, presents tq us
in this Bible-album of pictures, God-engraved.
Is not the divine Maternity ever
thus teaching us? '
Has a father's Favoritism.
I remark again, that God has a mother's
favoritism. A father sometimes shows a
sort of favoritism. Here is a boy strong,
well, of high forehead and quick intellect.
The father says, 'I "ill take that boy into
my firm yet;"'or, "I will give him the'' very
best possible education." There are .in
stances where, for the culture of the one
boy, all the others have been robbed. A
sad lavoritism; but that is not the mother's
favorite. There is a child who at 2 years of
age had a falL He has never got dver it.
The scarlet fever muffled his bearing. He
is not what he once was. That child has
caused the mother more anxious nights
than all the other children. If he coughs
in the night she springs out of a sound
sleep and goes to him. The last thing she
doe3 when going ont of the house is to give
a charge in regard to him. The first thing
on coming in is to ask in regard to him.
"Why, the children of the fomily all
know that he is the favorite, and say,
"Mother, you let him do just as he pleases,
and you give him a great many things
which you do not give us. He is you favor
He." The mother smiles; she knows it is
so. So he ought to be; tor if there Is any
one in the world that needs sympathy more
than another, it is an invalid child, weary
on the first mile of life's journey; carrying
an aching head, a weak side, an irritated
) lung. So the mother ought to make him a
lavorite. God, our .Mother, has lavorue.
"Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth."
That is, one whom he especially loves he
chasteneth. God loves us all; but is there
one weak, and sick, and sore, and wounded,
and suffering, and faint? That is the one
who lies nearest and more perpetually "on
the great, loving heart of God. "Why it
never coughs but our Mother, God, hears
it. It never stirs a weary limb in the bed
but our Mother, God, knows of it. There
is no such a watcher as God. The best nurse
may be overborne by fatigue, and fall
asleep in chair; but God, our Mother, after
being up a year of nights with a suffering
child, never slumbers nor sleeps.
Bcfincd l)j- Affliction.
"O!" says one, "I cannot understand all
that about affliction." A refiner of silver
once explained it to a Christian lady; "I
put the silver in a fire, and I keep refining
it and trying it till I can see my face in it.
and I then take it out." Just no it is that
God keeps His dear children in the furnace
till the divine image may be seen in. them;
then they are taken out of the fire. "When
I see God especially busy in troubling and
trying a Christian, 1 know that out of that
Christian's character there is to come some
especial good. But after awhile the mantle
tit affliction will fall off, and his soul will
be greeted by the one hundred and forty
four thousand, and the thousands of thou
sands, as more than conqueror. Oh,, my
friends, God, our Mother, is just as kind in
our afflictions as in our prosperities." God
never touches us but for our good.
I remark that God has a mother's capacity
ior attending to little hurts. The father is
shocked at the broken bone o,f the child, pr
at the sickness that sets the cradle on fire
with fever, but it takes the mother to sym
pathize with all the little ailments and
little bruises of the child. So every wound
of the soul, however insignificant, God is
willing to bind up. As at the first cry of
the child the mother rushes to kiss, the
wound, so God, our Mother, takes the small
est wound of the heart, and presses it to
the lips or divine sympathy. "As one
whom his mother comfortetb, so will I com
I remark farther that God has a mother's
patience for the errinsf. If one does wrong,
first, his associates in life cast him off; if he
goes on in the wrong way, his business
partner casts him ofl; if he goes on his best
friends cast him off his father casts him
ofl. But after all have cast him off, where
does he go? "Who holds no grudge,
and forgives the last time as well
as the firsl? "Who sits by the
murderer's counsel all through
the Jong trial? Who tarries the longest at
the windows of a culprit's cell? "Who, when
nil others think ill of a man, keeps on
thinking well of him? It is his mother.
God bless her gray hairs, if she be still
alive, and bless her grave, if she be gonel
And bless the rocking chair in which she
used to rock, and bless the Bible she used
to read I
, God to the Rescue.
So God, our Mother, has patience for all
the erring. After everybody else has cast
a man ofl, God, our Mother, comes to the
rescue. God leaps to take charge of a bad
case. After all the other doctors have got
through, -the heavenly Physician comes in.
Human sympathy at ' such a time does not
amount to much. Even the sympathy ot
the Church, I am sorry to say, often does
not amount to much. I have seen the most
harsh and bitter treatment on the part of
those who professed faith in Christ toward
those who were wavering and erring. They
tried on the. wanderer sarcasm, and Billings
gate and caricature, and they tried tittle
tattle. There was one thing they did not
try, ana that was forgiveness.
Oh, Church of God, quit your sarcasm
when a man falls! Quit your irony, quit
your tittle-tattle, and try forgiveness. God,
your Mother, tries it all the time. A man's
sin may be like a continent, but God's for
giveness is like the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans, bounding it on both sides.
The Bible often talks about God's hand.
I -wonder how it looks. You remember dis
tinctly how your mother's hand looked,
though 30 years ago it withered away. It
was different from your father's hand.
"When you were to be chastised, you had
rather have mother punish you than father.
It did not hurt so much. And father's
hand wai different lrom mother's partly be
cause God intended it to be different The
knnckles were more firmly set, and the
palm was calloused. But mother's hand
was more delicate. There were blue veins
running through the back of it. Though
the fingers, some of them were picked with
a needle, the palm of it was soft. Oh! it
was very soft." "Was there ever any ponltice
like that to take pain out of a wound? So
God's hand is a mother's hand. "What it
touches it heals. If it smite you it does
not hurt as if it were another hand. Oh
your poor wandering soul in Bin, it is not a
bauitt s hand that seizes you to-day. It is
not a hard hand. It is not an unsympathetic
hand. It is not a cold hand. It is not an
enemy's hand. No. It is a gentle hand, a
loving hand, a sympathetic hand, a soft
hand, a mother's band. "As one whom his
mother comforteth, so will I comfort you."
Soothes lis In Death.
I want to say, finally, that God has a
mother's way of putting a child to sleep.
You know there is no cradle song like a
mother's. After the excitement of the
evening ft is almost impossible to get the
child to sleep. It the rocking chair stop a
moment, the eyes are wide open; but the
mother's patience and the mother's soothing
manner keep on until, after awhile, the
angel ot slumber puts his wing over the
pillow. "Well, my dear brothers and sisters
in Christ, the time will come when we will
be wanting to be put to sleep. The day of
our life will be done, and the shadows of
the night of death will be gathering around
us. Then we want God to soothe us, to hush
us to sleep. Let the music at our going not
be the dirge of the organ, or the knell ot the
church tower, or the drumming of a "dead
march," but let it be the hush of a mother's
lullaby. Oh! the cradle ot the grave will
be soft with the pillow of all the promises.
"When we are being -rocked into that last
slumber, I want this to be the cradle song:
"As one whom a motner comforteth, so will
I comfort you.",.
aa SATISFACTION WITH SALES
The good old-time kind revived
twilled orl both sides the widest you
ever saw 70 inches of this extreme
width very few yards ,make a dress
$2.00 a Yard.
2 other lots BLACK MERINOS,
44 inches wide,
$100 and $1.25.
Such extra value and great width
to the woman who gets a dress of it
that there will be many an extra
Black Dress sold here to-day.
A superb lot of Priestly's Black
CAMEL'S HAIR CHEVIOTTES,
44 inches wide,
$1.00 a Yard.
New weaves in fine and extra good
IMPORTED BLACK SUITINGS,
52 inches wide,
$1.50 a Yard.
6 lots of FINE BLACK SILK
75c, $1, $1.25, $1.40 and $1.50
A yard that are so much less per
yard than usual as to be worth special
4 numbers extra fine Black SILK
$1.75, $2.00, $2.50 and $3,
That are under price.
20 pieces, 1,000 yards all-wool
imported Black Cashmeres, 46 inches
MAKES PUBLIC PATRONAGE
A SELF-EVIDENT TRUTH RECOGNIZED AT
YOU WILL BUY
WHEN YOU ARE CONVINCED
Your Interests Are at Stake.
These coats meet all requirements in
shape, style and workmanship. Profit by
taking advantage of our stock.
IN OUR KLOTH1NG DEFT,
Is Antipe FoIei TaMe
With every sale of 10 or over.
SILENT HAT STARTLERS.
A Child Enjoys
The pleasant flavor, gemlonotion find sooth
Insr effector bjrupor Figs, when In need of
a laxative, and If tho father or mother be
costive or hiltous, tho most gratifylns re
sults lollour Its use; so that it Is the best
family remedy known and every lamily
should have a bottle.
500 yards BLACK WHIPCORD
SUITINGS, fine and well made
three-fourths wool double width, 34
F, 'PA -iala lul rill flllRsn
There'll be extra Black Goods
business of all kinds good goods
and less prices will bring it see for
yourself and save your money.
Toys. Toys. Tojg.
Others may try to follow, but we lead, as
you will quickly seo by a personal inspec
tion. Our prices aio lower, our assortment
double that of any other in Pittsburg.
J.'W. Grove, Filth avenue.
Smoking or House Jackets, all
sizes and all kinds. Here are three
items from a score of others:
.Nice Jackets in Fancy Plaid
Cheviot Cloth, bound with silk
cord; fancy silk fastenings
House Jackets in fine English
Plaids; tine silk cord fastenings
and bindings; silk lined collar
Plain Cloth Jackets in brown,
nary, grav or tan; quilted satin
cuffs, collar, roll, and lining
, throughout; satin bound; silk
irogs 5iu ou,
IMPORTED CASHMERE SOX,
S3 Pairs for $L
Half dozen pairs of these would make a
Very acceptable gift.
50c and 75c,
Come in light fancy colors. Just the
thing to put in that tie case you're making.
$3 to $15.
All the newest handles carved ivory,
horn and gold, gold mounted, natural wood,
For Cirisias Gifts.
Hard to tell what is Bric-a-Brac
The word covers a lot of ground.
Here are ideas of what we can show
you in Bric-a-Brac:
PHOTO FRAMES, PLAQUES,
SMOKING SETS, Etc.
Then in Chinaware. A splendid
array of Imported Fancy Chinaware,
such as '
AUSTRIAN WARE, ,
BOHEMIAN WARE, 1
Find all these on second floor,
near Book Department. Take eleva
1 Fresh Kevr Fancy Goods
Opened overy day in aU lines. Wo handle
everything found In lino fancy goods stoies.
Open every evening.
Jos. JSichbadm & Co., 8 Fifth avenue.
It pays to advertise for a sitnatlouin THE
DISPATCH. One cent a -word is the cost
81, 83, 85, 87 and 89 Fifth Ave.
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81, 83, 85, 87 and 89 Fifth Ave.
For GMstmas Gifts.
Toys and Games.
Can't pretend tq give you any definite
list. Can only say "we have them to please
boys or girls, children or youth, in
- Parlor Games,
Punch and Judy,
Then dolls. Could write a whole "ad"
about them alone. See them' in
1 . Unbreakable Dolls.
4 Talking Dolls,
' . Rubber Dolls,
' Etc., Etc.
, Bring the children to see them, even if
yon don't buy. But you will. The low
prices will tempt you.
OUR GREAT HOLIDAY SALE
ART ROOM, 2d floor Choice
goods and thousands for selection.
25c to $65.
el e 12-9 .
CHILDREN'S . KLOTHiNG
But 132 remain of those All-Wool Children's Suits, hat to match, CDPx HH
with extra pair of pants, at. .' QkJ ,JJ
To economize you should secure a suit
K OUR GIFT LIST
AN AIR GUN, A BLACKBOARD, A FLOBERT RIFLE, A BANJO OR A METALEPH0NE,
- Your choice with every sale of $5 or over in our Children's Department
ECONOMY IS GETTING THE HIGHEST VALUES for the LEAST MONEY
LINEN 2,100 FINE
Cor. Srnithfield and Diamond Streets.
For Christmas Gifts.
, 81, 83, 85, 87 and 89 Fifth Ave.
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Thousands upon thousands to select from.
We can give but a few ideas:
INFANTS' ILLUSTRATED. BOOKS,
5c. 10c, 15c and 25c.
AUNT VIRGINIA'S BOOK, 19c.
FAIRY TALES. ) A VOL.
For 1891 59c.
For 1892 89c
UNCLE SAM'S STORIES..
LIFE OF JESUS
BOYS' BOOKS, 75c.
600 1'ages Illustrated.
WILD ANIMALS 1 npn
HEROES OF CHIVALRY.... ! h
COLONIAL DAYS lUU
SAILOR LIFE ) A VOL.
All the above are illustrated. Then in
plain books, instructing stories for Youths,
HUNDREDS OF TITLES,
25c, 35c, 50c, 75c, Etc.
Give your children something instructive.
Give them books.
For CiirislMs (lite.
Handkerchiefs at 5c. Fine Lace Hand
kerchiefs at $7 SO. Handkerchiefs of all
kinds and all prices. Here are Handker
For CMstias Us,
LADIES SILK flARDKEHGHIEFS.
Good size, scalloped edges, silk
sewn, handsome silk embroidery in
self or lancy colors 10c
MEN'S mill UEHCMEfi
81, 83, 85, 87 and 89 Fifth Aver
' ' ' dell-275
Hemstitched, with two-inch hem.
Large handsome initial. The price
LADIES' SILK HANDKERCHIEFS.
1 Dft Solid colors; hemstitched. Come in
I Tl. "bite and fifteen diflerent colors
J.UU 15c, or 2 for 25c.
OPEN WORK SILK HANDKERCHIEFS.
Ladies' fine Silk Handkerchiefs, scal
loped edes, open work, handsomely
embroidered 19c, or 3 for 50c.
MEN'S SILK HANDKERCHIEFS.
Plain, hemstitched Silk Handker
chiefs, inll size,- lj-inch hem; all
silk; worth 50c our price 25c.
SM INITIAL Hi
For Ladies. 19c and 35.
For Sieu, 50c and 75c
The bicgest handkerchief stock and the
smallest handkerchief prices ever shown in
these two cities.
No writer of fiction, history or poetry
that isn't represented in our splendid Book
Department. See these price ideas:
Standard Authors Complete,
Sold in Sefe or Singly.
Charlrs Dic!cen. 65c a vol.
George Eliot, 25c a vol.
Edoa Lvall, 25c a voL
"W. M. Thackeray, 25c a vol.
Alexander Dumas, 25c a voL
ALL THE POETS,
Leather Back and Cloth Sides,
50c a Volume.
RED. AND GOLD EDITION,
35c a Volume.
Handsome library edition, red and gold
leather back, cloth sides, 100 different titles
THE WORLD I LIVE IN,
At $1.25 Each.
Pictures of the World,
Flans of the Heavens,
Flags of all Nations,
History of States,
The cheapest collection of books ever
brought into Pittsburg. Second floor. Take
For GMstmas Sifts.
81, 83, 85, 87 and 89 Fifth Ave.
81. 83. 85. 87 and 89 Fifth Ave.
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There are lots of people to whom
the gift of an ornamental article
would be a nuisance! The gift of
some warm, useful article would be a
God-send. Here are ideas of what
to give them:
A Warm Wrap,
A Nice Jacket,
A Fur Set,
A Dress Pattern,
A Silk Dress Pattern,
A Nice Umbrella,
A Pair of Gloves,
A House Jacket,
A Pair of Slippers,
So much for wearing apparel now
for household warmth and comfort:
A Pair of Blankets,
An Eider Comfort,
A Linen Table Set,
A Silk Table Cover,
A Fur Rug-,
A Smyrna Mat,
A Pair of Curtains,
The list might be continued indefi
nitely, butwe've given enough. Your
imagination can supply the rest.
You know what is needed. Rest as
sured that we can supply you.
81, 83, 85, 87 and 89 Fifth Ave.
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