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ness that may reassure the pupil of your interest in his welfare, and form or cement the bond of friend.
APPOINTMENTS FOR YOUNG MEMBERS. ship between two whose interests are identical and whose sympathies should be mutual.
In endeavoring to account for the decline of our Eleventh mo. 13th, 1884.
Society, there has been much said in the several conferences and also in the press on the subject, and an
attempt has been made to lay the blame at the door REFLECTIONS
of older Friends, in that they do not encourage the
younger members, by appointing them on the variThough the Scriptures are not our rule of faith ous committees to which the concerns of Society are
committed. and practice, there is much recorded in them to stimulate and aid us in our endeavor to find the Now can this charge be sustained by reference to right way and walk in it. The highest of all teachers the actual facts of the case ? So far as the writer said, " Let your light so shine that men seeing your knows, wherever the younger members have given good works may glorify your Father who is in evidence of an interest in the welfare of the Society and heaven." Most tenderly are we exhorted to add to have shown that their minds were prepared by the our faith virtue, with a single eye to Him of whom baptizing power of truth, the elder members have it is written, “In all their afflictions he was afflicted, gladly availed themselves of their services. But and the angel of his presence saved them." This the truth is, that, with the exception of Yearly and guardian angel still hovers around the heart-stricken, Quarterly Meetings, they are seldom present at our and pours in the oil and the wine to fortify and carry meetings of business. And when they are, to apthrough the deep provings that fall to the lot of pro- point them simply because they are young, will not bationers in their wilderness journey to the promised advance the cause. So soon as they give evidence inheritance beyond the veil.
in their lives and conversation that they are fitted From the earliest ages it has been understood for the service, none would rejoice more at their ap" There is a spirit in man and the inspiration of the pointment than those who are now bearing the burAlmighty giveth him understanding." The rational den; for none know so well as they how soon the faculties are the channel through which the divine is time will come when the testimonies of the Society communicated and the will of Jehovah clearly made must be upheld by them, or taken up by other organknown. This favor cannot be too highly estimated. izations, or fall to the ground. That each for him or herself is privileged to com
But the recommendation of Jesus must become mune with the Father of lights and spirits is as clear a living truth to them: “But rather seek as the sun which reveals outward objects : “I am kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added God, and beside me there is no Saviour," is the Scrip. unto you," before they can be used to advantage in ture declaration. In the outward advent of Jesus conducting the concerns of the Church. For so Christ the holy anointing was the qualifying power. long as their minds are engrossed with the perishing He said emphatically, “I of myself can do nothing; things of time and sense, they are in no condition to the Father that is in me, He doeth the works.” receive the higher truths that relate to the higher
O the blessedness of gospel truths, they are indeed life. The lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye and great joy to all people! "Let this light shine;" set the pride of life are no new things in the history of the candle on the candlestick, that the beauty of all man. They are the besetting sins of every age that is heavenly may be seen, and what joy, what which good men have to war against. gladness would spring up, how would the Author of And where we analyze the meaning of these few all good be glorified.
words we shall find that they embrace nearly every. Symbols vanish away before the reality; we rejoice thing that is harmful to us in this life, and that mil“in the Lord, and joy in the God of our salvation. itates against those heavenly virtues that fit us for O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, the life to come. The inordinate pursuit of wealth and His wonderfal works to the children of men;" He is a besetting sin of this age, and how constantly it bringeth to the gates of death, and raiseth up again is leading men astray froin the path of rectitude! to the heights of salvation, and blessed be His name. An undue love of what are called the pleasures of
life is another fruitful cause of sorrow. And, enSixth mo, 29th, 1885.
deavor to hide it as we may, the people of this land are fast becoming a licentious people with whom
chastity and virtue are but names. A HAPPY HOME.
How many husbands and fathers, wives and mo
thers are filling these important relations of life Jewels will not; but good sense, good habits and good tempers with little or no regard to a sense of duty in meeting
the responsibilities they impose? Can the individual " It is not much the world can give,
or the nation of which be forms a part be prosperous With all its subtle art;
and happy where such is the case? To assert it is And gold and gems are not the things to call in question the wisdom of that Almighty To satisfy the heart.
Power by which the world was formed and the laws
for its government established. Now no one can Have gentle words and loving smiles,
feel a deeper interest in the rising generation than How beautiful is earth."
the writer, and no one is more fully impressed with
Riches will not make a home happy; fine clothes will not;
will. Here is a true picture of a happy home, by the poet:
the absolute necessity of relying on the Divine hand
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SILENCE AND ACTIVITY. But unless an earnest and sincere desire be present in the mind to conform our lives to these require- No rational nor logical test ever made is stronger ments, how can we aid the cause of truth in any. than that seen by multitudes of people in their souls thing we do? Perfection is that at which we should as to the teaching and effect of a Master who teaches aim, but no one should be discouraged because they as man never did. Persons in all the generations fall short of the ideal, for our failure is the nursing and in all the nations describe the effect of this soul mother of our charity.
learning in terms so similar as to enforce conviction In all cases wbere evidence is given of a sincere that its Author is One in all. desire to live in obedience to the Master's will, the To learn, in any school, one needs to be attentive hand of encouragement should be extended, and I -he needs to desire-he needs to listen-he needs to believe it generally is. But there is sometimes dan- have the mind turned inclusively to the source of ger in going too far in this direction, as it is apt to instruction. The school we here allude to is in the awaken a feeling of self-love,which is alike inimical mind, where it calls for a stillness that can be felt; to the character of the individual and the good of the presence of the Teacher is known by the pure society.
joy that His presence can alone inspire. The sum Some years since, quite an interest was awakened total of this learning is not so much a lesson as an in two of our very young members who felt called experience. We are taught as individuals, apart to engage in the Master's work. They were men of from each other, yet the mind of one is the mind of good abilities and fine attainments, and for a season all. . promised to do much good. Their ministry was ap- More than five hundred years before the advent of proved by their respective Meetings, and they were the visible presence of Jesus Christ, there was born very popular as preachers. But for the want of ju- in India the son of a king, who learned the Truth dicious counsel on the part of concerned elders, and and taught his disciples to accept it as an eternal by too much attention bestowed on them by quiet-an abnegation or denial of self. We are told others, they were led to believe they were above the that in the early days of the Christian church many ordinary run of mortals so far as the spiritual life of its devotees lived in solitude, that the temptations was concerned. Instead of continuing in a state of of the world might not allure them from this heavhumble dependence on a Higher Power, and looking enly quiet. Life to them was a hermitage-its cares to it for instruction in the ways of truth and right- were rejected, its duties undone. eousness, in which alone safety is to be found, they Yet all the votaries of this pure discipleship know Wero led to rely on their abilities, and where are that love to God and to man are its one universal they to-day? So pleased were the friends of the bond, and, like Hannah More, they see that a Chrisone that they sought to relieve him from the drudg- tian's vocation is to do good; they feel impelled to ery of life by ministering to his necessities. He minister to the want and woe that are ever in the became exacting, and because he could not have world. all he wished left the Society and joined that con- The tendency among Friends to move, oue part glomerate mass that goes by the name of Friends in the extreme of pure quiet, and the other in good in the West, without having its cardinal principle. works, has been apparent for many years. As a So. We lost what might have been a useful member had ciety, they include the inexperienced as well as those Friends assisted him in keeping his proper place who know. Those who are yet unlearned incline to they gained I know not what. The other, with action. It is natural to want to be doing. Hence, the every prospect that youth could desire, is now a reign of solitary quiet has not attracted these. Satismoral wreck, with “none so poor to do him rev- fied with the nominal assertion of our testimonies, from erence.” Tolerated on the ground of a want of year to year we have seen our young leave us for mental responsibility, he may retain his right of scenes of action, involving the extinction of slavery, membership, but has lost his influence for good. the substitution of arbitration for war, the moral
When quite a young man, the writer, in conse- pressure against the tide of iritemperance, and other quence of a scarcity of material, was appointed great evils incident to our social life. clerk of his Monthly Meeting; at the close of the Now, that we are coming into our peculiar sphere Meeting, one of his young companions slapped him of action, because of the age's need of it, and growon the back with the remark,““ Well, old fellow, ing out of our pure love of man, there is felt in many they have appointed you, I wonder whó will anoint minds a desire to harmonize those who rest in prayer
.” It made an impression at the time which has ful quietude, and those who, in the living present, remained with him ever since. We may appoint act at heart with us and God over all. Friends, but unless there is a little of the anointing
It is right to be quiet, and it is right to act in the the appointments will not amount to much. Let us quiet. These united are the armor of a pure Chrisdig a little deeper for the cause of our decline, tian warfare against all wickedness. Among the when we may haply discover a remedy that will wisest and best we see no efforts made to repress honprove potential in its effects; but so long as we con
est and sincere motives, but to direct them into pure fine our research to the surface indications we shall and proper channels; hence, there is room both for not make much headway.
the cautious and the active.
Reading in a recent issue of our paper the implied
protest of one who plead for the quiet, my soul grate! He has but one great fear that fears to do wrong. fully accepted it as a wise care for us to look to the
away from the attractions of fashionable society.
Source of all Good. But no tender, sensitive soul
MODERATION. could lay a repressive hand on the arm of a good Samaritan as he stoops to raise the fallen. Among the I feel a concern in the spring of pure love that all elements of our nature there is a humanity almost who have plenty of outward substance may example divine. It not only opens the fountain of tears, but others in the right use of things; may carefully look it thrills with an energy sent from the Lord of all into the condition of poor people and beware of mercy. The child feels it, and the trembling frame exacting on them with regard to their wages. While of age. Evil is active by day and by night-a de- hired laborers, by moderate industry, through the stroyer; why shall not good 'sow its seed ? in the Divine blessing may live comfortably, rear up famimorning and in the evening withhold not its hand lies, and give them suitable education, it appears
reasonable for them to be contented with their wages. When regenerative life springs to light, it will If they who have plenty, love their fellow-creatures grow; it ought to grow. It produces good fruit, and in that love which is Divine, and, in all their prothat alone gets the seal of our approval. Let us not ceedings have an equal regard to the good of manonly be tolerant, but whenever and wherever we kind universally, their place in society is a place of meet, let us at heart bid each other God Speed. care, an office requiring attention; and the more we Let us feel that in our work righteousness and peace possess, the greater is our trust, and with an increase kiss each other.
of treasure an increase of care becomes necessary.
If a man successful in business expends part of AN UNPUBLISHED LETTER,
his income in things of no real use, while the poor Addressed to a young friend who at an early age felt called employed by him pass through great difficulties in
getting the necessaries of life, this requires his serious “It is of very great importance to us in our pass
attention, ing along through time to make a right beginning in
If several principal men in business unite in setting our early years. If in the season of youth we lay a the wages of those who work for hire, and therein good foundation, by wisely considering the value of have regard to a profit to themselves, answerable to our precious time, and habituating ourselves to a unnecessary expense in their families, while the course of self-denial and humility, we shall be likely wages of the others on a moderate industry will not to pass through succeeding years with much more afford a comfortable living for their families, and a tranquility, peace and comfort to ourselves, and proper education for their children ; this is like laymore usefulness to our fellow.creatures, than if the ing a temptation in the way of some to strive for a days of our youth are wasted in trifling, unprofitable place higher than they are in, when they have not
WOOLMAN. amusements, our passions and inclinations indulged, stoek sufficient for it. and our will not subjected to the cross of Christ.
Now, as to every one there is given a sura director, an inward guide, or holy principle in the mind, to distinguish between good and evil, and to
' PRIZE GOODS." lead the attentive soul in the way to eternal life and happiness, how necessary that we endeavor early to I note in the issue of Sixth mio. 20th, paragraphs become acquainted with the voice of this internal referring to“ prize goods," as one of the things which Teacher, and to give up our whole heart in obedi- is obsolete in practice. Doubtless, to the “formalist" ence to its dictates.
-one who sees only the form--this is the case; but “ The Lord loves an early sacrifice. Let this be I apprehend to the spiritual discerner there are at the deeply impressed on the tablet of thy heart; and present day many goods taken and placed on the also, for thy encouragement, remember the gracious markets for which the producers receive no adequate promise, “They that seek me early shall find me.' compensation. May thy mind be daily engaged in seeking and wait
In the almost continual state of war in some ing to know what is the holy Divine will concerning portion of the earth, in its intricate web of enterthee.
prise, commerce finds articles that are taken in some "For this purpose accustom thyself to stillness degree as contraband, and by, it may be, a very deand retirement. Love quietude, and to meditate on vious course are placed for sale at our doors for a the law of the Lord. Contemplate the wonderful , "very small profit," or " lower than ever." And we condescension and loving kindness of Infinite Wis- all are aware, though the “ great nations” may todom and Goodness to the children of men. Let thy day have no outbreak of strite, yet there is a jeamind be clothed with meekness and humility. Strive lousy that to morrow or in a few weeks may “ lead always to dwell in the fear of the Lord, which is the the warrior to the fray." beginning of wisdom, and which keeps the heart Technically, there may be no “prize goods," but chaste and clean.
to those who look beyond the form the spirit that "So shall thy days pass on in quietness and tran. makes them is yet "no mean foe;
“no mean foe;” and the spirit quillity, and that peaceful serenity of mind which that deals in them for the purpose of gain is a strong none of the pleasures and vanities of the world can power. ever possibly afford shall be thy happy portion here I have long noticed (perhaps for a half century) and hereafter forever.
that in the greater number of cases those who are “So wishes, dear reader, thy sincere friend,
finding fault with the Society for the formalism of
JOHN COMLY." its discipline are little spiritual in their comprehenThird month 10th, 1831:
sion of subjects. They, being dwellers in the outward
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court, look only to the form, which their vision be- THE WELL-SPRING OF THE; HIGHEST LIFE AND holds as void“ of comeliness; neither is there any
WORK. beauty in it that they should desire it." This was the condition of the Jews in relation to the blessed The present age is one of boundless activity. Its Jesus, whose person was marred and his counte aspiration is for accomplishment. Its watchwords nance more than the sons of men.” The spirit which are, “ Up and Doing,
Up and Doing,” “Work while the Day lasts." dwelt in him was not seen, because, their eyes being i New discoveries in science, new inventions in arts, darkened by continued disregard of the revelations crowd fast upon one another, and in the space of half of the light, they could not see beyond the outward a century change the face of our civilization. So body, to discern in it “the glory of the only-begotten wonderful, so great, has been the progress of material of the Father."
prosperity wrought by the victories of intellectual Now, further, of the paragraphs referred to, would power over physical forces that we sometimes stand not the remarks apply equally to training and other in awe of the miracle (for such it is in the literal military requisitions ? These are not now compulsory sense of the word "miracle") by which we command on the citizens of the United States. But is the tes- the mightiest forces of Nature to be our bond-servants, timony less to be faithfully "maintained ?” Is war and they obey us. In the retrospect of the last any the less unchristian because our nation is not to century, we scarcely dare to doubt the wildest preday engaged in it?
dictions for the next. Goods taken or received where just compensation And not in material life alone is the world changed has not been returned to the owners in the strife of and changing: New theories of social organization commercial competition is a subject worthy of and ever-broadening schemes of philanthropy demand thought, as it brings in its train suffering, of greater and receive zealous advocacy and practical experior less degree. Can a true follower of Jesus deal ment. New systems of theology, new applications and make gains in the goods of a bankrupt? These of old principles of religion, are proclaimed in tones we know are mostly sold for a price much less than which prove that the Church is not going to sleep the cost of production, and deprives his creditors while the world around it is so very wide-awake. to that extent. Or is a Monthly Meeting which The pioneers in all these movements press their tacitly permits graves in its yards to be memorized claim with commendable zeal, as they can testify by a decoration of flowers, faithful in maintenance who try to shirk their share in work for humanity. of the principles of peace ?
Not much "elegant leisure," not much“ lying in the In view of the great extent to which a careful ob- spiritual sunshine to grow,” is permitted in these servance of Christian testimony on these and similar days of hot haste. The unsolved problem is bow to topics leads. we can but admire the perfect delinea- crowd into one day the work of two, in order to meet tion of prophetic testimony, " he shall sit as a refiner the exigent claims of our suffering fellow men. with fire." Nor can it surprise us that the Wizard Verily, the last half-century of this nation's life of the East, on beholding in vision the achievements may be called an era of work, --of zealous, untiring of an obedient people, should cry out, “ Who shall work. It was preceded by an era of doctrinal faith. live when God doeth this?"
On the battlefields of metaphysical theology, men The money-changers were driven out of the temple. rallied their intellectual forces, and, in profoundest Are there any of that generation in our day, or of faith that they were doing God service, fought those that sell doves?
valiantly for and against dogmas which this practical The keen vision of John Woolman, of d. Bener generation would listen to with indifference, if, indeed, zet, of Robert Nesbit, of Joshua Evans, Elias Hicks, they would listen at all. Nor did they fight as those etc., beheld oppression and war afar off
, and are we who beat the air; for, out of that stern conflict, they of the present more blind than they?
brought sharpened intellect and consciences weil
ROBERT HATTON. braced for any sacrifice which campaigns on other Sixth month 25th, 1885.
fields might, and did soon, demand. [What our friend says above will be united with,
For the generations which occupied these periods
of time, the days were gone when the cultivation of in its spirit, no doubt, by most Friends. Yet we
personal piety by retirement from the world was think it best to express our anxiety that in the fram- regarded as the highest and holiest duty of man, ing of our Discipline there should be employed when the watchword, “Pray without ceasing," was "plain language," and that while terms that are ob- on the lips and in the hearts of the saints of the solete in meaning should be dropped, others meeting Church, who, in cloisters and cells and caves, sought our present circumstances and necessities should be fullest spiritual life, the highest spiritual stature.
the adopted. The danger in “spiritualizing" the Disci- How do we look back to those times with regret pline would be that there would be room given for for their spiritual unhealthfulness! Certainly, their varying interpretations of it, and this is of course dangers are not ours. We have outgrown or someundesirable. Its requirements cannot be too dis- how escaped the tendencies of the ascetic and polemic
periods. What is our danger, what the tendency of tinctly expressed or too precisely adapted to our case. our time? Is it not in the opposite direction?' In Eds.]
the rushing activity of this age, its imperative demand
for organization, is there not danger that cultivation HE that avoideth not small faults, by little and of individual spiritual life and growth may be little falleth into greater.--Thomas á Kempis. neglected? The Church is in little danger of under
estimating the value of work. From outposts to eloquent in sublime thoughts; through lives lowly citadel, the Macedonian cry and quick responses and obscure, struggling upward from Nature to thereto ring out loud and long. Of such results as Nature's God,-from age to age hath He spoken, can be written in Church records or published in who, in these last days, has spoken to us by His Son annual reports, it makes a tolerably fair return. To Jesus. what extent it succeeds or fails in the cultivation of On the Church of this age there rests large responthe spiritual life and health of its individual mem- sibilities touching social problems and the uplifting bers, only God knows. That this is the work which of the human race, -responsibilities which it seems underlies all other work will scarcely be denied. To more willing than heretofore to accept. These will know the well-spring of the soul's life, to feel its in- be discharged faithfully, successfully, in proportion flux, is surely the first need, the first duty of man, to the degree in which the well-spring of spiritual essential to his true living and full development. The life flows into and through the hearts of the individual child of God must cultivate his sense of his filial rela- workers. When this ebbs, the best work begins to be tion by communion of spirit with his Father, by formal and weak, and to lose its vitalizing power. opening his heart to the stream of life which flows As a tree withers if it thrust not its roots deep into from God into the soul.
the earth whence flows its natural sustenance, so the This cultivation of what is sometimes called per- human soul withers without that conscious spiritual sonal piety, and active work for humanity, are not affiliation with God which Jesus describes as es sentially antagonistic. Verily, in their best mani- of water springing up to everlasting life.” Men may festations, they are essentially connected as cause and call it by other names, may not name it at all, and sequence, as many a noble life has proved and yet possess it and live in the strength of it; and many gloriously illustrated, chiefly His who spake as never a man prays and worships who does not name these man spake, who lived as never man lived. What is attitudes of the soul. Names, forms, ceremonies, his testimony concerning the source of true life and may or may not help one. At best, they but furnish the union of devotion and work? “I live by the a grip on the clue which we carry from the innerFather.” “I and the Father are one.” “I pray most shrine of the temple, the Holy of Holies, into
that those whom Thou has given me the din and dust and struggle of our daily outward may be one, even as we are one, I in them and thou life. If thus they minister to us, and to many of us in me." Here was the secret spring of his life,-a they certainly do, let us hold them fast. But with deep and ever-present consciousness of his affiliation them or without them, in the Church's enclosure or with God, the inflowing of the Divine spirit into his in the world's broad field, each soul who would fuland into his work. And how continuous, how ardu- fill its own highest destiny, who would do the best, ous was that work! He retired into secret places to most efficient work for mankind, who would know pray, and came forth inspired for action. “He went the full meaning of the word LIFE, must seek and about doing good.”. “I must do the works of Him receive the continual influx of this stream from its . that sent me. "My Father worketh, . . . and I Infinite Source.- Mary Grew, in Christian Register. work.”. Friend of publicans and sinners, helper of all sufferers, he was ever about his Father's business, the uplifting of the human race.
PAUL AND NEBUCHADNEZZAR. In all ages, the noblest lives, the best work, have been the result of these two elements, devotion and What a great contrast between these two men ! activity, whereby the soul, in its secret and sacred Both fighting against the Most High, but the one communings with God, finds meat to eat which the zealous for God, and the other for himself! Afterworld knows not of, and also crowds the hours with wards, both bow before the God of heaven; the one work for humanity, zealous and eager lest the night in mercy, and the other in judgment! The latter come down on unfinished tasks.
exalted himself, denying the Most High God, and This well-spring of life is our glorious inheritance; when his visitation came, he would not bow until for we are heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ. It seven times had passed over him,” when he “ is source of our strength, light of our minds, inspira- grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew tion of our faith and hope and deepest joy. Without of heaven, till his hair was grown like eagles' feathers it, the soul is dwarfed by atrophy, and a man walks and his nails like birds' claws." Then he “praised the earth self-disinherited of his best estate. It is not and extolled and honored the King of Heaven, all our inheritance alone. We share it with every soul whose works are truth, and His ways judgment. whom God has created. Under all forms of religion,
On the other hand, Paul, as he says, was taught in all races and nations, from the most degraded and according to the perfect manner of the law of the ignorant to those whom we designate as enlightened, fathers, and was zealous towards God, persecuting man has felt after his God, and found Him. Through upto death, binding and delivering into prisons both veils of superstition, clouds of ignorance and doubt, men and women ” who preached Christ Jesus. But he has dimly perceived his kinship and inheritance he was met by the light of heaven, and falling to the "All souls that struggle and aspire,
ground, cried, “ Who art thou, Lord ?" He became All hearts of prayer, by Thee are lit;
a changed man by the one visitation, and having And, dim or clear, thy tongues of fire
"fought the good fight,” died in the Lord. W. Nor bounds, nor clime, nor creed thou know'st;
Wide as our need, Thy javors fall;
GOODNESS consists not in the outward things we
do, but in the inward thing we are.
To be is the Through seer and prophet; through adoring souls, I great thing.--E. H. Chapin.
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