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forward the manifestation of that union in the "But how shall the tidings reach them?” Church of Christ, which, though acknow- has been a frequent question, and the answer ledged among us as an article of faith, seemed has seemed easily given : “Tell us of your to need an impetus in its practical develop-missions, night-schools, hospital work, of the ment. Meetings for conference and brotherly sick, and suffering, and ignorant ones among intercourse have been held there continually whom you are called to labour; let us know during the last nine years, and missionary the needs of this work, as well as of many interests in all sections of the Church, both at others.” But we are constrained to say, How? home and abroad, have found an open door and When ? True to its purpose, the Conand a cordial welcome. The words of the ference Hall must offer a platform for the Apostle, “ helping together in prayer,” might advocacy of good works innumerable, both well be written upon its walls; for it is at home and abroad, and give to earnest counted as a priceless privilege to present labourers in every part of the Lord's vinethere, every day before our Father's throne, yard, opportunity to tell their various tales of requests for the sick, the sorrowful, the err- trial, encouragement, or need.
And right ing, and the ignorant. Eternity will reveal the joyfully are they welcomed; but when the answers.
inquiry comes again, "What about your In connection with the much service which local and affiliated organizations, with their must always go along with much prayer, multiplied claims ?” we must simply reply women who desire to “labour in the gospel " Crowded out !” We accept the fact as a are helped (Phil. iv. 3) to gain instruction and necessity inseparable from the honourable experience, and then to go forth, as oppor
office of helps. tunity may offer, to help overtaxed ministers Will our friends accept it as an apology in our great cities or missionary societies for offering them in another form some gleanwhich may need tested and practised agents. ings gathered in the service of the King, and
We are often asked, "What is the occupa- some words ministered by His servants ? tion of Mildmay Deaconesses?” We answer We desire to maintain our character in writat once, to be, like Phæbe,"succourers of ing, as in working, and to be helpful in some many"; or, if detail be given, we may say in
little measure to our fellow-servants, while Bible language, to bring up children, to lodge “recording the works of the Lord,” or “telling strangers, to wash the saints' feet, to relieve forth His praise.” He has given us very the afflicted, and diligently to follow every close links with many of His dear people, good work (1 Tim. v. 10). All this helping, and we claim association with labourers in however imperfectly accomplished, brings with
countries far and near. We commend their it much of deep, and often painful, interest; interests as well as our own to the kind symmuch for which we crave the sympathy and pathy of our readers, and ask their prayers help of Christian friends, much which we feel that nothing may ever be found in these confident would call forth both their prayers pages that will not tend to the glory of God and praises.
and the help of His cause and people.
"ALL YE ARE BRETHREN."
“ All Ye are Brethren."
ES Semphatically yes !-in a brotherhood, have we known, comparatively speaking, of the
, the full meaning of which our contracted exceeding joy, "the good and pleasant thing," it is minds and blighted affections can but feebly appre- for "brethren to dwell together in unity." These hend.
thoughts have just now presented themselves, beThe blessed fact is reiterated both by the cause we have been asked to say something of the Master and His disciples, it is enforced by precept object of the building known as the Conference Hall, and bound up with promise, shadowed in type and
Mildmay Park. With no attraction of surroundings, sketched out in figure, as though to make it impos
and no claim to architectural beauty, it may seem to sible that the dullest intellect should miss it, or the have little interest for ordinary readers, but those most treacherous memory forget it. Branches all
who long for the manifestation of Christian unity united in one stem, stones built into one temple, will not look upon it with indifference. The circummembers inseparably bound together in one body,
stances which led to its erection, and the peculiar and animated by the one life of the glorified Head orderings of God's providence which marked its
- these are some of the aspects in which Scripture progress and completion, have been given in a presents to us the grand truth that Christ's people volume lately published,* and need not be repeated are one with Him and one in Him. And yet, in here. But it seems right that the details of work and spite of all this teaching, and in spite of all the narrations of blessing, which may be given in these blessedness bound up with its acceptance, we have
pages from time to time, should be prefaced by some signally failed to recognize the intense reality of our
notice of the spot which is recognized as their relationship
centre. We may quote one sentence from the We admit it as an article of our creed, we own
volume to which we have referred, as explanatory of to it when we are hard-pressed from without, we
"He (the founder) would often thank cherish it in the secret of our own hearts, but we God for two special features of the work which care very little to manifest it. The inscriptions on rejoiced his own heart. First, the fact that one our banner have changed places. The secondary building, at least, would stand out as a visible withas usurped the room of the primary; the specific ness to the invisible unity of Christ's Church-a has blazoned itself to the front, while the generic home of love where none would be expected either has been lost in shadow. Why all this strange
to join or forsake any existing denomination, but reversing - this tenfold magnifying on the one
where each would give in his adhesion to the hand, and semi-oblivion on the other? Why, but words, 'Grace be with all them that love our Lord because the great enemy of God and man heard Jesus Christ in sincerity.' Second, the friendly the prayer uttered by more than human lips, “ That recognition of God's children from other lands, in they all may be one," and knew something of its a place where they m.ight be sure of a kindly welmighty import-he heard the Master's estimate of come and the right hand of Christian fellowship." the power of His people's testimony, “By this We might say much of the many happy Confershall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye ences which have assembled there on these prinhave love one to another.” And from that day to ciples, and of the meetings for prayer and praise the present it would seem that, by every variety of
where God has graciously met with His worshipping temptation and every subtlety of artifice, he has people. But this is unnecessary—their records sought to obstruct the fulfilment of the petition,
have been already given, and the portion of the and hinder the efficacy of the witness; which a
building mainly devoted to the service of the Church too sadly off its guard, ignorant of the working classes will, from time to time, tell its own devices which it ought to have foreseen, has been tale of Night Schools, Bible Classes, Mothers' content to lose sight of its true position and let go Meetings, etc. its holy privilege. It has fought for Shibboleths, Real practical service for Christ and His and well-nigh forgotten its marching orders.
* “ The Life and Letters of the Rev. W. Pennefather," Thank God, we are brethren still, but very little Shaw & Co., Paternoster Row.
Church that shall intrude on no other man's line of things” is the object of its varied organization, and very gratefully have these efforts been responded to. We believe one poor man spoke the language of many, when he said, by way of explanation of his earnest gaze, as he stood looking at
the building, “ It is my home ; I helped to build it, and then I got such a blessing in it that I should like to live there.” Will our readers pray that the blessing may be multiplied a hundred-fold, and that all the work and the workers may be wholly consecrated to the service of the King.
Jottings from Many Note-Books.
seemed an effort, and he sank back exhausted. I saw
that there was no time to be lost, and drawing my LIGHT AT EVENTIDE.
chair close to the bedside, I asked him if he was preTHE following incident occurred in the early spring pared for the great change he was so soon to pass of the present year :
through. As late, one evening, as a few minutes before The sound of my voice seemed to rouse him again, eleven o'clock, a request was brought to the Dea- and turning eagerly towards me he said, “I want you coness' House by a working man, that some one to take God's book, and tell me if it's true what John would go at once and visit a friend of his who was told me last night.” I found afterwards that “ John ” dying. We told him that his request should be re- was the name of his friend, who had come to the sponded to early next morning, and with this promise Deaconess' House the previous evening, and who, he turned away, thanking us most gratefully as he left. before doing so, had himself been trying to point the As soon as possible on the following day I went, and sick man to Jesus. without any difficulty found the house to which he had Opening my Bible, I read the words, “ All we like directed me. It was situated in a little court running sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to out of the main thoroughfare, so narrow that the his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the neighbours were conversing from opposite sides of the iniquity of us all." street, whilst the pavement was appropriated as an “Oh, then," he gasped, “it is true. John said it impromptu playground by a group of squalid children, was all right.” And with his poor failing breath he whose shrill voices and discordant laughter made the poured forth such a song of praise as I had never dingy court ring again. The appearance of a stranger heard before. I didn't interrupt him, though the effort seemed to create some little surprise amongst both seemed very great, and the big dew-drops gathered the older and younger inhabitants of the place, for the on his brow, for I felt it would do his heart good to children ceased their noisy play as I passed, and the let him sing aloud of God's mercy. By-and-by he women looked eagerly after me, watching to see at ceased, and lay for some moments without speaking; which house I entered. Knocking at the door of and then I spoke again, telling him slowly and softly No. 10, I was quickly admitted by a middle-aged of the great love of Him who had wrought out this woman, who begged me to follow her to the room wonderful redemption for poor lost ones like himself. above-no easy task, I found, for the stairs, besides When he had recovered a little, he told me a few being almost perpendicular, were so full of holes that I of the details of his past life. He had been a costerdespaired of reaching the top. However, after a little
monger by trade, and kept a small vegetable-stall in stumbling in the dark, the ascent was safely accom- the street; but the wet spring had been against him, plished, and I found myself inside the door of the and he had only taken enough money to live upon day sick-room.
by day, reserving a little with which to replenish his Propped up on a bed in the farther corner sat the stall. When he was taken ill, his wife filled his place, man I had come to see. One did not need to ask which forced her to leave him from nine o'clock in the what he was suffering from, for his hurried breathing morning until the same hour in the evening. He had and the strong pulsation of the vessels of the neck been a teetotaller for twenty-five years, and had rested (which was bare) told their own tale of heart disease. in this for salvation. His friend John was a member At first he did not seem to heed my presence, and lay of the same lodge, but he added, “ This is where John with his eyes closed ; but when the woman bent over and me differed : he read his Bible, and I didn't. I him, and told him where I came from, a look of glad. thought that if I was a sober man, that was enough." ness passed over the weary face, and he thanked me And then he went on to tell of his friend's visit the for coming to see him ; but even these few words previous evening. John had come in at his request to
JOTTINGS FROM MANY NOTE-BOOKS.
read to him, but had failed at first to make him
A LIVING WITNESS. understand the way of peace. Thinking that perhaps another might put the truth more clearly, he had Passing through my district one day last January, hurried off to try and get help at the Deaconess' I called at one of the houses to see for the first time House, saying, as he left his friend's bedside, “Well, a poor man who was lying ill, and suffering greatly William, it's just one thing or the other ; if it isn't from spinal complaint. On the day in question I heaven, it must be hell ;” and then he said, “ I saw it found him in much pain of body, but still greater all in a minute, and my heart cried out, ‘Lord, give anguish of soul. Some one, he told me, had been to me heaven. I see it all now, and are you sure it's all see him the previous week, and had spoken to him right?"
of his lost condition by nature, and his need of a Again I took my Bible, and read him these words Saviour's blood. The words had not been in vain, _"Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast and the Spirit of God had wrought effectually in his out.” He listened eagerly, and seemed greatly com- heart, producing in him the deepest conviction of his forted. I felt I had stayed as long as his strength guilt before a holy God. He told me he was a great would bear; and so before I left I knelt for a few sinner-too great, indeed, to hope for pardon. None, moments, to thank God with him for the gift of Jesus. he said, but God could know how wicked he had been, When I ceased, the sick man began again, blessing or how great a blasphemer. I found that he could read, and praising God for the "glorious light that in one but did not possess a Bible. This I most gladly gave short hour” had broken in upon his soul.
him, with the earnest prayer that God would use it as As I took his hand, which seemed already growing the means of bringing true peace to his troubled heart. cold and heavy, he said, “If you'll forgive me, Miss, I I saw him several times during the next few days, should like to say one word to you—Work on for and watched the light dawning upon his soul with the souls.” I was greatly struck by the solemnity of such keenest interest, when one morning, just seven days a message, coming from lips so soon to close in death. after I first saw him, I found him, to my great joy, He seemed to have learned so much in a short time, bright and full of peace, resting in Jesus. Since this and his heart was full of desire for the souls of others, time he has never been absent from the weekly prayerespecially his fellow-workmen. “What a lot," he said, meeting or Bible-class, often coming when he looks "I've told them about the drink, but never a word almost too ill to be out of his bed. When he is well about Jesus." When I turned away he spoke again. enough to be at work, he gains a scanty living by "I shall keep on asking God that I may live to see selling plants in the street; but this employment lasts John again to-night, just to tell him that it's all right." only during the summer months, and is at the best a After having seen that all his wants for the day were very precarious means of subsistence. To augment supplied, I left him, promising to go again next morn- his small earnings, his wife goes out as a charwoman ing. There was nothing in the house in the shape of two or three days weekly, as the case may be. food, and only a mug of cold water stood by his bed- Of the reality and depth of the work in his heart side. The woman who had shown me up had agreed there can be no doubt; it has been an inward, not a to nurse him during his wife's absence, on condition mere outward change, and its fruits have made them. that she might share “any food that happened to be selves manifest in many ways. On one occasion I was going." She seemed quite as poor as they were, and buying a flower from his small stock, and was sur. the chance of at least one meal a day was a great thing prised at the very low price he asked for it-only fourin her eyes, and abundant recompence for her service. pence for a geranium, and it was a very fine one too.
I learnt from her, that though she had lived some I told him I thought the sum was too small. time in the court, no visitor of any sort had ever called he answered, "it's a fair price. I paid threepence for on them, excepting a tract-distributor, who never it, and I get a penny profit. Last year I would have went in.
taken anything I could get, one price from one, and Early next morning I went again, but heard from another from another, for the same plant, but I can't her lips that the poor man had just passed away, after cheat like that now." His wife sometimes gets a little many hours of unconsciousness; but she added, “He discouraged if things look dark and but little is coming was quite happy to the last, and never had another in ; but he always checks her grumbling, and tries doubt after you left him yesterday.” And so I turned to cheer her by reminding her that they have never again into the dirty court, which seemed doubly noisy wanted yet, but that just at the very moment when that morning, in contrast to the presence of death, things seemed to be at their worst, something had thanking God with a full heart for the plenteous always come in, and their needs have been supplied. redemption vouchsafed to the poor man at the “Wasn't it so last Sunday ?” he said to her one eleventh hour, and for the privilege of being ever so morning, as I went in, and found her inclined to comfeeble a link in the chain of His great love, which had plain. “Why, my brother came in when we had got drawn another lost one to trust in the blood of Jesus nothing for dinner, and brought me a nice little piece for pardon and peace.
“ No," And so he is kept by God's grace from day to day, greeted me with the remark that "she did not mind often sorely pinched, and scarcely knowing where the anything now, her husband was so resigned.” 1 next meal is to come from, and yet with his eye always glanced towards him for an explanation of his wife's fixed on the sunny side of things, quietly trusting in words, and he at once said, “ Yes, I'm landed.” On Him, of whose love and mercy he has so abundantly asking if he could tell me anything about it, he tasted.
replied, “Well, I got hold of Him!” I suggested,
“And I suppose the Lord got hold of you?" He From a District in the South of London.
answered, “I got hold of Him, and He got hold of
me." Presently lifting up his hand, and letting it fall, When first I visited N- he was exceedingly re- he exclaimed, “A vile sinner!” served, and only distantly polite in his manner. His From this time his peace was settled, and his old wife, who appeared to be a true Christian, often irritability to a great extent disappeared. He would expressed great anxiety that her husband should be lie on his bed praying aloud, and filled with thankful. brought to know the Lord. N-— had been for many ness and praise. One day especially he kept saying years a policeman, but owing to sailing health he was to me again and again, “Oh, the loving-kindness of compelled to leave the force, and at this time was the Lord ! His glorious loving-kindness! I get a engaged as night watchman in some house of business. little sleep now at night, and that's all His goodness.” Gradually he grew weaker and weaker, until at last On asking him if I might tell Mrs. H--(another he was confined almost entirely to his bed. His irri- Deaconess) he was still trusting in Jesus, he said, with tability at times was distressing, and many a day I animation, "Oh, yes, still trusting, still praying, still found his poor wife in tears. Often we knelt together happy, still looking to Jesus." And then he added, in the little kitchen, and prayed that God would take “She'll be very glad to hear it, I think, for she was N--into His own gracious hands, show him that, in anxious about it some time previous, I know." spite of his upright moral life, he was a lost sinner, He now liked to have special texts marked in his and enable him to trust in Christ alone for salvation. Bible. It was in connection with the closing chapters
N-- always allowed me to read the Word of God of St. John's Gospel that he one day remarked, “The and pray with him. At such times he spoke very Father can't refuse Him anything.” little, but now and again he would suddenly turn his N-- still lingers on his sick-bed, but he is a "new head, and fix his eyes on me for a moment so intently, creature;” in his case “old things have indeed passed that we felt sure a silent work was going on, and con- away, and all things have become new.” tinued to pray and hope. Often, too, at the Mission This extract is dated July 25th, 1879. Another House we knelt together, and asked that God would friend adds a little later : “N-- has gone home renot only enable N-- to receive the truth, but that He joicing in the Lord. He had not lived in our district would give us the happiness of hearing from his own till within the last year. When I first knew him he lips that he had found peace in Jesus.
a reserved man, and satisfied with his own The answer came at last almost suddenly. On morality, never able to see himself a lost sinner, but going to the house one day as usual, I was struck with thought God would have mercy upon him because he a marked change both in husband and wife. A quiet, had been a moral and upright man, and had tried to happy look rested on both their faces. Mrs. N-- do good. What hath God wrought !""
Abel. BY REV. A. A. BONAR, D.D. “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”—HEB. xi. 4.
HERE is a clear, simple instance of a sinner ac
angels left empty so many places in the heavenly choir. Some suppose that Abel was very young. At all events his faith is so simple, that nothing can be fitter for all of us to copy. His tomb has been called “Faith's first monument." Sit on it, as on some martyr's grave, and learn his principles.
I. Abel had faith.
"By faith Abel," etc. Not born with it, for a sinner's heart by nature is full only of seen and present things, but God taught him that “vanity” (“ Abel ") is written on all earthly things because of sin. He learnt sin to be what God hates; it had shut out his
cepted fully, even in this present world, all the more notable because so early in earth's history-the first who died ! His death was a wonder and sorrow here ; in heaven a wonder and yet a joy, the strangest and yet happiest occurrence there since the fall of the