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Vol. 95. No. 47.
? o r irian of the South , ..fJiuo J7 - .. J?jqn *4., 8 *jujkj'jA RICE H $ - . ? I NOVEMBER 23, 1921. HANKSGIVING is one of the duties which belongs to every child of God. The Psalms are full of songs of thanksgiviner. David calls upon his soul and all that is within him to praise and thank God for his goodness to him. David had much to be thankful for. God had given him many blessings, both temporal and spiritual. But God has been even more l?ountiful in the bestowal of His blessings upon His people of this day. There are many people today in what are considered very moderate circumstances that have more temporal bless ing than a king could have in David's day. Many of the modern inventions which add to our comfort in a thousand ways were entirely undreamed of then. And when it comes to spiritual blessings there can scarcely be any comparison. It is true that David had salva tion through faith in a Saviour, but He was only a promised Saviour. We have a Saviour who has already come and has paid the debt of our sins, and Ilis resurrection shows that His payment has been accepted by the Father. David had only a small part of the Scriptures. He had no other books treating the subjects of the soul, there were no periodicals to bring the news of the work done in establishing the king dom of God, and there was practically no work of the kind done by the people of God. They knew nothing of the opportunities of such ser vice as we have today for serving God and our fellow-men. When we think of the blessing that God has given to us, both temporal and spiritual, and the glorious opportunities of ser vice, we ought indeed to be thankful to Him. Some one has well said that instead of having only one thanksgiving day in a year, we ought to have one day into which we should crowd all our complaints and make all the others thanks giving days. FOREIGN MISSIONS had a wonderful and striking presentation at the Synod of Virginia last week. The chairman of the Sy nod's Committee on this subject, a Petersburg ruling elder, arranged to have all of the volun teers for the forgein field in Union Theological Seminary and in the Assembly's Training School in Richmond to attend the session of Sy nod on Thursday night. They, with a number of missionaries on furlough and some other in vited guests, were given a delightful supper, served by the ladies of the churches. Thoy then went to the church where the Synod was in ses sion. The missionaries were given seats in the pulpits and the volunteers occupied specially prepared seats in front of the pulpit facing the congregation. It was an impressive sight to see those sixty young men and women occupy ing these seats, thereby saying that they had offered their lives to God and were preparing themselves for His service in carrying the gos pel to heathen lands. It -was such a sight as was never l>efore seen in the Southern Presby terian Church, and it made an impression upon the members of Synod which will not soon be forgotten. Five missionaries made brief ad dresses on the country ifl ,, which they have worked, and the volunteers arose, one by one, giving their names, their home addresses and the countries in which they expect to work. This part of the program was interspersed by the singing of hymns, by voluntaries by the choir and by prayers. This all came in connection with the report of the Committee on Foreign ^Mission, which in itself, had some admirable features. But the sight of those five veterans of the cross and those sixty young soldiers, who have enlisted under the banner of the cross for service out on the far-flung battle line, was an inspiration and a challenge to the Church to make a full consecration of its influence, its prayers, its efforts and its money to support the great work of winning the heathen world for our Saviour. TIIK Washington Conference differs from that of Versailles in one vital respect. It was opened with prayer, while that one was not. We are not in a position to say whether the Christian men in the Versailles Confer ence could have asked that it bo opened with prayer or not, nor do we know whether they made any effort to have this done. But we rejoice that the Conference held in the Capital of this Christian country was opened with an appeal to God for guidance. We believe in prayer and that God will answer prayer in THK SYNOD OF VIRGINIA AND DISARMAMENT. The Synod of Virginia, at its meeting last week in Petersburg, adopted the following telegram and sent It to Secretary Hughes, the chairman of 4he Council on the Limita tion of Armament. "Whereas representatives of this and sev eral other nations are assembled in Washing ton for the consideration of the limitation of armaments, in order to arrange for perma nent peace in the world, and whereas, all citi zens, and especially Christian citizens, are deeply interested and concerned in the same, "Resolved, That the Synod does now en gage in prayer to Almighty God ? the God of nations ? that He would so dispose the minds and hearts of the aforesaid council, as that the will of God may be accomplished in the establishment of peace and the advancement of the kingdom of God." guiding statesmen in handling the great prob lems of the nations as readily as He will answer our prayers for personal guidance. Therefore let all Christians unite in daily prayer that each member of this Conference may each daj? be guided to do that which will bring about peace in the world and so advance the coining of the Prince of Peace. ATTENDANCE upon a church court and attention to its business ought to be con sidered one of the most important duties which a minister dr an elder can perform. Most min isters and many elders are deeply concerned about the work of their own individual con gregations, but many seem not to realize that a matter which has to do with the whole Church or a Synod or a Presbytery is of still greater importance. It not infrequently happens that pastors are late in reaching a meeting of a church court, and oftener they rush away be fore the court adjourns. They give as their excuse that they have pastoral duties to attend to at home. They are thereby making the work of a congregation of more importance than that of the Church at large. Sometimes they say that they must hurry homo to prepare their sermons for Sunday. By a little extra effort they might have been prepared before they left home. This practice of hurrying away is even more common among the ruling elders. Thej generally say that their business calls them home. Are they faithful, are they wise in putting their business ahead of God's business? Have they ever really gained by it? This rush ing away often leaves the most important part of the work to be done after they are gone by those faithful ones who are left. Alany times the most important business of the Synod or Presbytery is completed by a small part of the IhxIv, and that without due consideration, for the going home fever is very contagious. The great and vital questions concerning the work of the Church need the united and carefully given counsel of all those who are called to con sider them. It will be a great cause of advance ment in the work of God's kingdom, when those who are appointed to rule in the Church will take their work and their responsibilities seri ously enough to give then* the time they need. TI1E Bible is to have a place at the Wash ington Disarmament Conference. The Bible Society of the city of New York has had prepared a very handsome copy of the Scrip tures and has secured the permission of Presi dent Harding to present it to the Conference. The idea is that it shall at least lie on the table around which the representatives of the na tions shall sit, in order that it may bear at least its silent testimony to the fact, that this is a Christian country. At this writing we have seen no account of its presentation, but under stand that it is to be presented during the early days of the Conference. STRANGERS are often given a wrong im pression of this country, not so much by what its citizens do as by what they leave un done. It is said that the great Chinese states man, Li Hung Chang, stated, after his return to his native land, that during the ten years that he lived in Washington as ambassador of his country, he was often invited to clubs, theatres and social gatherings, but was never invited to go to a Christian church of any kind. It is to be hoped that this is not the usual ex perience of the diplomatic representatives in our Capital city. And it is sincerely hoped that no Sunday may pass, during their stay in Wash ington, without each member of the Disarma ment Conference receiving a cordial and per sonal invitation to attend worship at some church in Washington. ARMISTICE DAY was the date fixed for beginning the conference of repre sentatives of many nations to consider the ques tion of the reduction of armaments by the na tions of the world. It is predicted that great good will be accomplished if some plan of dis armament or the limitation of armaments can be agreed upon, but, in case of failure, that great harm will be done the cause of world peace. The Christian people of the country are called upon to pray for God's guidance of the conference, that it be led to wise decisions, which will insure the peace of the world for all coming time.