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SOUTHERN STANDARDS M9MINNVILLE,' iTENNESSEEi-SAirURRAYi SEPT;, f 31890
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2 Cor. IV. 17.
BY I1EV. ALFRED II. FA1IXKSTOCK.
But for a moment is our light affliction,
And Lope can cheer its ;looni:
Each grief has n peculiar benediction;
By faith the rod will bloom. ,
O, let not sorrow, then, he ever seeming
The blight of life's few year;
For hope, with brightest irridrscence gleam
ing, Is the glad fruit of tears.
But for a moment would be cares and
Though life with them wero fraught;
To that eternity which all engrosses,
The,' thtiip of tf'sVe nuglt. Qr7l
When God sends messengers of grieft
And show our need oi Ihin.
Evangels of a better life stand bv us.ti
To lighLour imt'hway.iliiii.
But for a moment! Let ns then
Relying on His grace, .
To bear tlie eros.s with Ylit-iice, mindful
. ' ever I ' '
That Christ Jrejftres our place;'
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That soon our 'days ! weeiinj; will be end-cd,
And we shall reach tlm g.:tl
That Heaven when' love and jov
The Sabbath of tlij- soul.
eouSness unto them ""Nvhlch are exer
A cpiriforting thought in connection
with the trials of Christians is this:
that w hen they are borne with sub-.
mission to the divine will, they sup
ply the best evidences wo can have
of our sonship. Peter was unwilling
that his Lord should perform the
menial servk-e of washing his feet,
but his Master said : "If I wash thee
not, thou hast no part with me,"
then Peter bepged him to wash not
his feet only, but also his hands and
head. Knowing that the trials which
overtake the Christian are designed
for his good, are necessary, and afford
proof of his gracious relationship, he
."counts it nil joy when he falls into
All Christians do nut have the
Bame trials, nor tire they in all oises
of equal severity. But no Christian
is entirely exempt from them. Some
there are who seem to have utmost
uninterupted prosperity and happi
ness. Others go mourning all their
Home of our earthly trials are loss
of health, friends, property, reputa
tion. There are Christians who hard
ly ever need to say, "We are sick,"
and who know but little from experi
ence of sorrow and bereavement.
They are prospered in worldly things.
They have but seldom rear-on to com
plain of the assaults of the backbiter
and slanderer. To others full cups
of disappointment, sorrow, und suf
fering are wrung out. The Christian,
observing this apparent inequality in
the divine dealings with the people
of (Jod, and feeling that the hand of
God is laid heavily upon himself, is
sometimes perplexed and troubled,
as though strange things had happen
ed to him.
But there is really nothing strange
or iuexplicacablein the sharpest trials
;iny of God's people are called upon
to endure. If they are 'quite free
from them, there is no more reason
for surprise. The early Christians
were subjected to "fiery trials," and
yet the Apostle Peter exhorts them
not to think it strange when those
trials overtake them, as "though
some strange thing had happened un
Every Christian ought to expect
trial in some form. Christ Jesus, the
high priest of our profession, was "in
all points tempted tried like as we
are." 1 le suffered the trials of pover
ty; hC' endured bodily pain ; he was
persecuted and despised. lie felt the
pangs of ' hunger, the weariness of
long journeys and exhausting labor.
The servant of "the Man of Sorrows"
ought not to expect to be free from
The trials of Christians do not come
upon them accidentally. "Afiliction
cotneth not forth of the dust, neither
doth trouble spring out of the
ground." "Shall there be evil in the
city, and the Lord hath not done it?"
Whatever men of the world may
think In regard to afflictive dispensa
tions, Christians "know that we ate
appointed thereunto.'t They expect
them ; they see in them, not the
hand of an angry God, but ot a loving
Father who "doth not afflict willing
ly, nor grieve the children of men."
Job's friends looked upon his afflic
tions as expressions of the divine
wrath against him, when they should
have regarded them as the corrections
of a loving Father. "In a little wrath
I hid my face from thee for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness will
have mercy on thee, saith the Lord,
The late Albert Barnes said he nev
er kuew a Christian that was not bene
fited by trials. It is natural for us to
shrink from them and desire to escape
them, and yet, if we thought less 0:
the present evil and more of future
good, they would come to us with a
less cheerless asjKH't than they fre
quently do. "No chastening for the
present seemeth to bo joyous, but
grievous ; nevertheless, afterward it
vieMeth the oearoable fruit of right-
MjsCK M.Jn the Occident.
How often do we complain that no
particular blessings fall to our -lot,
that, we have nothing' to be thankful
Jbr. ...Why, my dear' friends, God
scatters blessings all througli our
daily Ijyes jus as he sprinkles the
fields'with the gay blooms ofjShcep
sorrel, the cherry clover blossoms,
and the saucjj wild .-daisies' The
trouMe is we do not kee them ;, they
are so common ! Yet diey are the
constant reminders of his love, the
continual guarantee of his unchange
, ' Bright and cheery indeed is the
field wherein these flowers grow.each
innocent lace gazing upward, as it
were, in the unquestioning trust for
its portion of sunshine and dew ; but
just as bright would our prosy, daily
existence become ilia we open our
eyes and behold the blessings vouch
safed to us. Suppose now you look
over and through the hours as they
pass day by day , and see how many
unheeded blessings are sprinkled
among them, gentle cheering touches
of the Father's hand intended to
brighten your life. Shall I tell you
how I know this will be the case':
Well, this is why, because I have so
often heard vou sav something like
the following :
"It's a mercy there is one cool room
in the house, or I am sure I don't
know what we would do this warm
weather. It's fortunate we are a
healthy family ; we could not afford
doctors' bills. What a blessing this
great yard is. I couldn't live if 1 had
to have the children under foot in
this small house."
These (and I have purposely chosen
common things) show that each one
of us has many a mercy for which we
should give thanks. The way in
which we live reminds me quite
forcibly of a lady to whom had been
presented a beautiful piece of Indian
cashmere folded up wrong side out
and deftly secured as if the right only
were on exhibition. This care was
taken by the native manufacturer in
order to protect the face. The lady
looked at the goods, tried to unfold
it, but not being able to manipulate
the fastenings laid it aside, remark
ing, "It was very kind of Elise to
send this, but I fear it is quite too
ugly to make up."
After awhile the giver returned
home, made inquiry concerning her
present, and guessing how the land
lay, proceeded to force apart the cun
ningly tied knots, and unrolled to the
lady's astonished view not the dull,
dark stuff "too ugly to make up,"
but a beautiful piece of goods sprink
led over with curious but tiny ara
besques in crimson ana gold, giving
forth a peculiarly bright, pleasing ef
1 tninK the lauy was almost , as
much ashamed of herself as some of
us will be who have thought out
lives barren and deprived because we
have failed to look thoroughly at
them, and note the number of cherry
blessings which pur heavenly Father
has scattered all through them.
Thro' our li-es the Lord has scattered
Humble blessings here and there,
' Like the wild flowers he hath sprinkled
'Mid the grasses everywhere.
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First, where he is that is to say,
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Secondly, where he is going that is
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