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cluded by prayer, in which “the English strangers” were particularly remembered, my friends, with a few others who did not understand Gaelic, left the congre, gation to enjoy their share of the bread of life, and went home, considering themselves well repaid for a walk of ten miles by the half hour's service they had enjoyed. I will now just mention two other cases, to prove the longing desire of both old and young in the Highlands after the more solemn ordinances of God. How much of David's spirit they seem to feel, as ex: pressed in the 84th Psalm, 1st and 2d verses !
The first is that of an old woman of above eighty years of age, a member of the island congregation of which you have just been reading; her name is Eppy, and she is a great friend of Flora's who went so quickly down to the shore to welcome the minister. She did not learn to read till she was old, and she cannot understand very well what she reads; but she has a Gaelic Bible which she generally carries in the folds of her plaid, that she may never lose an opportunity of having a bit of it read to her when she comes across any one who is kind and learned enough to do so. One Wednesday morning, it was discovered that Eppy's house was shut up and its inbabitant gone. At first the neighbours wondered where she could be, as she was very infirm, and it seemed with some difficulty that she could hobble from one door to another. They were afraid she might have fallen over the rocks into the sea, and have been drowned; but after a time they remembered that the communion was to be celebrated at Fort William, about forty miles off
, and their anxiety was somewhat relieved by thinking that perhaps she might have gone there. A week passed away and still no tidings of Eppy; it was not till the following Friday evening that she returned to her island hut, much exhausted in body, but strengthened and refreshed in spirit. She had been to the communion at Fort William. If she had possessed eightpence, she might have got up had the opportunity of hearing it for the first time. It was so remarkable for wildness as well as sweetness, that Mr Hately was requested to preserve the music. down from the lips of the best singers, subject to the examina.
It was accordingly taken tion of many Highland ministers and others able to judge in such a case, and was published precisely as obtained-nothing added-nothing taken away. osity are still in the hands of Mr Johnstone, 15 Princes Street.
A few copies of this musical curi.
in a steamer in the course of an afternoon, but she had only three-halfpence in the world; 80 with this in her pocket she made out her journey by land and water in the following manner : In the first place, she got a friend to take her in his boat to the mainland, a voyage of ten or twelve miles over a wild edging arm of the sea. She then walked the remaining thirty miles at the rate of about eight miles a-day, finding a friendly welcome with a dry heather bed, and a piece for her supper from the various cottages where she had begged a night's lodging.
The other story is about a very young person hungering and thirsting after the presence of God. In one of the mountainous districts of Ross-shire, a large multitude was assembled one Sabbath morning to attend on the celebration of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The action sermon was concluded-the tables were fenced—that is, the address was given by the clergyman to the people, describing the character of such as should come forward to the ordinance, also of such as should stay away. The communicants had taken their places at the Lord's table, when it was observed that a little bareheaded, barefooted child, of a mean and ragged appearance, had taken her place amongst the others there also. The officiating minister made a sign to one of the elders to have the child removed. Accordingly he went up to her and said, “My child, you have mistaken your place." “Is this the Lord's table, sir ? ” interrupted the child. “Yes," replied the elder. “Then, sir, I am not mistaken,” said the little girl; “I heard that Jesus would be at his own table here to-day, and I have walked thirty miles across the mountains this morning to meet with Jesus. I pray you let me sit still." She was allowed to remain; but after the conclusion of the service, she was taken before the minister and elders, to be examined as to her fitness to have been a communicant, when they found reason to believe that she was indeed a friend of the Lord Jesus Christ—a child of God and as such had a warrant from God to take her place amongst his children, and eat of "the children's bread.”
Now, dear children, these stories are not written merely to amuse you for a little, and to be forgotten almost as soon as you have finished reading them, but with a prayerful hope that some good may result from them, both to yourselves and the subjects of them, viz., the poor destitute Highlanders—destitute, as I have explained to you, both of food for their bodies and souls. Compare your own case with this--think upon the long toilsome walk of the old woman, whose age and infirmity would render it doubly painful; also of the little girl treading alone a rugged, stony mountain path for thirty miles--if any path there was—with her naked, tender feet; and see whether your love to God and his ordinances would have carried you through half of their difficulties. May not such cases as these reprove some of my dear young friends, who think a few miles on a good smooth road a long way to go to church ? also such as stay away from church because they want shoes and stockings, or because they think that their clothes are not good enough? That you should go to church as clean and tidily dressed as your circumstances admit of, is quite right, but do not stay away a single Sabbath because you cannot get better things. Remember how the little girl you have been reading about went to meet with Jesus, although she had but a ragged dress, and no bonnet, and no stockings and shoes; and I am sure ! may add, that Jesus met with her, and blessed her notwithstanding. Above all, these stories may reprove all who find the service of God a weariness. Ah ! consider that if you do not love the service of God here, you have the greatest reason to fear that you are pot fit for joining in the service of God above.
EDINBURGH ORIGINAL RAGGED
SCHOOLS. MY DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS,—I lately addressed you on a subject which is very interesting to every good personnamely, the poor little ragged boys and girls, of whom it is not too much to say, that they are the most miserable creatures in Great Britain. I hope you have been thinking about them, and asking questions about them, If you have, you must have learned that, of all human beings, they most need your sympathy and help. They are in a worse condition than the heathen; for, although they are living in a land on which the light of the blessed gospel has been for ages abundantly shed, they nevertheless are altogether igas
rant of God and Jesus Christ. In addition to this, they are starving; and therefore they must either beg, or steal, or die. Many of them live by begging-many of them by stealing; and not a few of them die from the effects of the hardships which they suffer. It is the duty of those whom God has blessed with enough and to spare, to aid in saving these poor children. This can only bé done by giving them food and the Gospel. Without these they must die, and be for ever miserable.
You were asked to love these children because they are your neighbours. God has commanded us to “ love our neighbour as ourselves.” Do you love Jesus Christ? If you do, you will keep his commandments. You will love your neighbour. It is possible you may ask, as a lawyer asked Christ, “Who is my neighbour ?" Read Luke, chapter x, from the 25th to the 39th verse. There you will learn that the good Samaritan was not content with having compassion on the wounded traveller, but he helped him; nay, farther, he provided for him until he should be recovered of his wounds. In doing this he imitated Jesus Christ, who was not content with having compassion upon you, but left the bosom of his father, came down to this world, and, by the sacrifice of himself, purchased salvation for you, and for all who will accept of it. Take Christ as your example. : The youngest of my believing readers will be able to understand that if we love these ragged children as the Bible tells us we ought to love them, we shall get a reward. The reward is a great one—it consists in a pleasure that will last as long as we live, and in a happiness that will endure throughout eternity. There is a high, there is an ennobling pleasure in doing good. Even unbelievers experience this; but he who does good in the spirit of the Gospel precept will reap a greater reward than this elevating enjoyment, for such an one been faithful, will enter into the joy of his Lord. lieve in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” The only proof that any person can give that he believes in Christ, is “his doing the things that he says.” A true believer cannot help doing good to his neighbour. Although this is the case, it is a very melan. choly fact, that a person may do good to his neighbour, and still not be a true disciple of the Cross.
But there is much reason to hope, that he who does justly, and
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