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the way by which all its blessings might other favourable to us, or which removes flow down to us.
his anger or displeasure. Jacob sent to If we had never known Jesus, we could his brother Esan a gift of two hundred shenever have known how tenderly our Father goats, twenty he-goats, and other animals, in Heaven loved us. He is the Image of and these were intended as a propitiation the Invisible God. So that when we see to turn away his brother's anger. Abigail, Jesus day by day going about doing good, the wife of Nabal, brought wine and raisins healing the sick, comforting the sorrowful, and sheep to David, hoping in this way to forgiving the sinful, and showing kindness make a propitiation for the ingratitude and to all, we know what God is, and how He surliness of her husband. loves and cares for us in spite of all our But what propitiation could we offer to unworthiness.
God? Our utmost efforts, our best works, Then again it was by the work of Jesus our greatest sufferings, our richest offerings, that the Father opened a way by which He could not in any way remove the least of might freely pardon and bless us.
our sins, or be any makeweight in the If the course of a mighty river were balances of justice for the evil that we blocked up by the fall of a great mass of have done. rock or soil from the mountain-side, it So our Father provided the propitiation might be needful, at the cost of great Himself. He saw we could not do it, so labour and expense, to cut out a fresh He did it for us. He gave us that which channel, and then it would flow forth again, we could present to Him as the answer to bringing fertility to whole valleys and every sin. He laid our sins on Jesus, and countries. Thus man's fall and disobe- was pleased to bruise Him for our sakes. dience, so to speak, blocked up the channel, And now He bids us all make use of and put a hindrance in the way of our
Christ's death and sacrifice as our allrejoicing in God's love. But He still loved sufficient plea. He has made the promise us, and opened a new and blessed way by that if we will only come to Him in Christ's which His love might again be poured Name, if we will only present to Him forth in abundant measure on the children Christ's blood, Christ's finished work on
gave Jesus to die. He recon- the cross, as the only ground of our hope, ciled us to Himself by the blood-shedding He will accept us as His dear children, and of the Saviour on the cross. The Father our sins and iniquities He will remember freely gave Him for us, and spared not His only- egotten Son. Jesus freely gave His So that we see our Father's love in the life for our salvation. So it was alike the death of Christ more than in
other love of the Father and the Son by which way, because He has thus opened wide sin is forgiven and the sinner is saved. to every one the gate of everlasting life.
Nowhere do we see so much of God's Dear reader, always remember it. The love as in the work of Christ :
• Herein Father is Love; for He so loved the world is love, not that we loved God but that He as to give His only-begotten Son. The loved
His Son to be the pro- Son is Love; for He freely gave Himself, pitiation for our sins."
His life, His precious blood, to redeem and It is well to understand very clearly the save us. So, too, the Holy Ghost the Commeaning of the word "propitiation," for it forter is Love; for He teaches us to know helps us to see more clearly the love of and believe the love of the Father and the God.
Son, and writes on our hearts love to God A propitiation is that which makes an
Ah! this is what we need to cheer our yards distance, the words, “GOD IS LOVE.” hearts. There is nothing in the world so The remembrance of God's love drove full of comfort as to know the Fatherly away his dark and gloomy thoughts, and love of God. When everything looks dark he arose strengthened and comforted, to and gloomy, when life seems a blank, when pursue his daily round of duty. we are separated from those we love best, And we may have the same consolation. there is always a refuge to be found in the If we will only believe our Father's love heart of God.
as shown to us in Christ, and trust only in A young soldier had lost in battle one the Saviour's merits, we may be assured to whom he was deeply attached.
The that we have one above who will care for sudden death of his friend was almost us in all our cares, and help us in our days more than he could bear, and he was lying of toil, and bring us safe home to a rest in on the ground almost wishing that he were
the better world. dead. But he looked up, and saw cut out “O taste and see that the Lord is good ; in large letters on a rock at some few blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Men of Mark from working homes.
I. THOMAS KELLY, LORD MAYOR OF LONDON.
BY THE EDITOR.
OOTPRINTS on the
sands of time" we all
the great point is
which may serve as a
stimulus to those who may come after us, inciting them to industry. perseverance, and “well-doing.”
To this end it is not necessary that we should attain a high station in life. Indeed, as men count greatness, it may truly be said. "With God there's nothing great appears :
With Him there's nothing small."
“Nothing can be too mean
Doth not grow bright and clean.”
conclude that the attainment of wealth and
often marked instances occur in which God is pleased to make this especi. ally apparent by raising men of humble position to places of high trust and honour and usefulness, because they have “honoured Him."
The career of Thomas Kelly will illustrate these remarks, and show how nobly and deservedly he entitled himself to be regarded as A Man of Mark from a Working Home.
Thomas Kelly was the eldest son of John and Ann Kelly, and was born at Chevening, in the county of Kent, January 7th, 1772. When his father married he was only a shepherd, but being industrious and careful, he had contrived to save £200. This enabled him to marry rather above his own station, and his wife proved a perfect model of in. dustry and frugality. Mr. Kelly resolved to embark his small capital in a small farm. But the land was wretchedly poor, and it of the difficulties, bad crops, and unfavourable direction. How beneficially, may be gathered seasons, they maintained their position and from his own estimate of it in after-life. paid their way for four and thirty years. Alluding in a letter to this period of his
Young Kelly received all the education his history, he dwells gratefully on its brighter parents could afford. There was no school of features; and acknowledges that, notwithany description at this time in the parish; standing the adverse bearing of his occupabut his parents induced a poor and respect- tions, he "then received his first impressions able woman, named Humphrey, to open a of duty to parents, to God, and to his neighdame-school on her own account, and here bour-impressions which had never been he received his first lessons. After two or effaced; but had been, as he trusted, happily three years he was sent to the village applied to the benefit of others, and to his school of a neighbouring hamlet, upwards of own unspeakable comfort.” two miles distant from his home, kept by one “Much of the blessing which followed my named Phillips. In some parts of his con- friend through his long life,” says his bioduct, whilst attending this his last school, grapher, the Rev. R. C. Fell,“ is, I am perwhere his opportunities were very scanty, we suaded, referable to the principles inculcated may perhaps see a promise of the success in at home prior to the completion of his fourlife which afterwards distinguished him. In teenth year-principles enforced as much by the hours allowed him for play he remained example as precept—and especially to his in voluntary seclusion, and strove to improve witnessing the devout manner in which the himself in the knowledge of figures.
Sabbath was observed by his parents. Not When only twelve years old and barely able only were the ordinances of public worship to read or write, and having little skill in reverently and habitually attended by the arithmetic, he was taken from school, and whole family, but every conceivable employwas thus debarred from making any great ment in and about the farm suspended to a progress in his education.
He was put to degree which, I fear, but too rarely finds its the hard work of the farm. He led the team counterpart in like localities in the present or kept sheep. When he left home in the day." morning, he received a supply of food for the His growing dislike to his mode of life day. He was not strong enough to handle now began to express itself; not in murmur. the plough. Once a friend asked him if he ings or complaints, but in the desire for some had been a ploughman. “ No," was his an- other employment more in accordance with swer, “I was never man enough for it; but his taste. His parents could not help seeing I have driven the horses on such occasions that he was unhappy in his present situation; many a time.” Late in his long life he re- and the conviction at length forcing itself membered going with his father to Weyhill upon them that he must certainly be out of Fair, a distance there and back of 150 miles, the element for which nature had designed and helping him to bring home some lambs, him, that he would never do any good where which he had purchased on commission. he was;'and that something must be found The fatigue was terrible. He followed the for him elsewbere, inquiries were set on foot flock with his dog, while his father far out- in the neighbourhood, which resulted in his walked him, and poor Tommy was left quite engagement to be apprenticed to a tallowalone, not without a dread of personal danger. chandler at Oxtead. In the bitterness of his spirit he said, “Surely On this occasion an incident occurred, I must be born for something better than strikingly illustrative of the father's kind. this."
heartedness, and of his consideration for his While these employments, as it may be son's feelings. A day was fixed for young thought by some, would give to his youthful Kelly's entering on his new duties; and it feelings a downward tendency, it must be was arranged that his father should accomborne in mind that the good example of his pany him to the place of his destination, a parents, and the moral influence exercised by village about five miles off. They had scarcely it, were working beneficially in an opposite proceeded half a mile, when the boy, either
from some unaccountable misgivings respect- aloud to the housekeeper. He began now to ing the nature of his new employment, or learn French, and soon could read it with more probably from the secret wish which he fluency. It appears that it was thought still indulged of going to London, was over- requisite for the security of the premises come by his feelings, and burst into tears. that some one should sleep in the shop; and The father, turning round and seeing this, the unenviable responsibility was imposed exclaimed, in a tone of affectionate kindness, on poor Kelly. Thus the monotonous which was never afterwards forgotten by routine of his daily tasks went unrelieved by the object of it, “Why, Tom, you're cry- any change of air or scene during the night. ing; I see you don't want to go, and you The very counter upon which he enacted the shan't go.” He had put the true construc- business of the day served for his canopy tion upon the lad's tears, and the engagement during the hours of repose; while immewas abandoned. They returned home, to the diately beneath the floor on which he lay, as infinite surprise of the mother; and the ordi. he afterwards discovered when the premises nary avocations of the farm were once more came into his own possession, was a noxious resumed.
cesspool. A state of things more calculated At length a situation was found for him at to hay a depressing effect on mind and body Lambeth as an assistant in a counting-house. it were scarcely possible to conceive; but His small bundle of clothes was put together that inflexible perseverance which appears by his mother. He could easily carry it. never to have forsaken him, and, above all, a She commended him to God with tears, and prayerful trust in and submission to the will giving him a few shillings, bade him farewell. of God in all that concerned him, carried In this seemingly unpropitious manner he him hopefully through all his difficulties. left home for London in 1786, when only when, after the lapse of years, he could fourteen years old, little supposing that after place in favourable juxtaposition with these a lapse of half a century he would become his early struggles the accumulated blessings Lord Mayor.
of a long life, he ever acknowledged the He did not remain long at Lambeth; his Divine source from whence he had received master became bankrupt but procured him a those blessings, and endeavoured to extract place as shopman at a bookseller's in Pater- from the contrast subjects for meditation noster Row.
and thankfulness. Here the terms of his engagement were Mrs. Best, the housekeeper, a kind, conthose of an ordinary servant. He was to scientious woman, was his only society. He board and lodge, and to have £10 per annum. took his meals with her, and she would never A day's trial was agreed upon; and at its close allow him to perform any menial work. he told the housekeeper he would go to Lam- He had at this time an enemy in an elder beth for his clothes, sleep there, and return in fellow-servant. time for morning business. When the master “Well,” said Mr. Hogg, to this fellowheard this, he replied, “Depend on it, you'll servant, “ how is Kelly getting on ?" see no more of him; he's had enough of it “I don't think he'll do for us; he's so slow." already.” But Kelly was at the door before “I like him,"answered Hogg, emphatically, the shop was opened. He crossed the thres- “ he's a biddable boy." hold the instant the shutters were down. This reply of the master's may serve to • And,” said he after lapse of sixty years, show upon what apparently trifling circumI have been there ever since."
stances, humanly speaking, a man's future The shop was kept by Alexander Hogg, prospects in life depend. Kelly remembered and was at 16, Paternoster Row. A consider. it as long as he lived; and used to mention able book business was done. His duty was it as having furnished him, at the time, with to make up parcels of new works for the renewed motives for activity and obedience. retail buyers. But every leisure moment The sequel to the story, as it respects his he spent in forwarding his own studies, and fellow-servant, naturally suggests the question, when he got any amusing book he read it whether, instead of having found the youth
'slow," as he had intimated, the latter had not went into the street, and was found by the proved himself too quick and observant for watch fast asleep. his own malpractices. Some little time after Once, on his road to Spitalfields on business, the above occurrence, Kelly discovered him he saw what seemed waste-paper in a cheesestealing his master's property; and, after a monger's window, and recognised some temporary struggle between the stern re- printed sheets as his master's property. He quirements of duty to his master, on the one entered the shop and found the shelves filled hand, and commiseration for the guilty party, up with the same sort of paper. This had on the other, he at length divulged the been bought as damaged "stock” by the secret. The man was accordingly watched. tradesman; but it proved to be sheets sent Emboldened by previous success, and soon out by Mr. Hogg to be stitched, and clandesrepeating the offence, he was detected in the tinely sold. The guilty parties were tried act of taking from the premises a number and convicted. When the Alderman was of books concealed under his clothes. The
very old, he said, reader will anticipate the retribution which “This being my first appearance as a witness awaited him. The unoffending object of his in a court of justice, I felt (more than words dislike had been made the instrument of can express) an extreme fear lest I should his detection; and now, the punishment in- state a single word incorrectly, being fully flicted upon him bore its proper relation to impressed with the sacred obligation of an the injury he had wished to inflict upon oath; ever remembering the Third Commandyoung Kelly. He was dismissed from the
ment of God's law; and always desirous to establishment. Thus, " in the same net that possess a conscience void of offence towards he hid privily for another was his own foot God and towards all men. Little did I then taken” (Ps. ix. 15).
think, when humbly trembling in the witness His anxiety about business led at this box, that at a future day I was destined to be period to strange feats of sleep-walking. raised to the dignity of Her Majesty's First Eighty distinct numbers of the “Book of Commissioner of the Central Criminal Co Martyrs” were found on a shelf in the shop. of England; and with the sword of justice Of these he made up a complete set in his suspended over my head, and the mace of sleep, arranging them on the counter in the authority placed at my feet, should myself same way as he did in the daytime. Another occupy the very judgment-seat at which I night he unfastened the locks of two doors, then glanced with such emotion.”
(To be continued.)
The Old Year and the New.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “COPSLEY ANNALS," ETC.
Now the Year is over,
Let us braver stand,
Seeking to discover
follow wholly," All its story done :
Though our sight be dim:
He would make us holy,
For a life with Him.
Every day He sends us
He Himself prepares ;
He Himself attends us
Through its joys and cares;
His true love beseeching,
Let us, then, draw near;
Seeking guidance, teaching,
For the opening Year.