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The Friends' Journal.


of all, in the presence of any human being or outward

form, that we are with God. He is ever with us ; in I think God sometimes sends what we have cried for, Him we live and move and have our being. We

Year after year in vain, To prove to us how

poor the things we've sighed for, rightly feel that His answer to our prayers will not And how beset with pain.

come in spoken words, but in life. Life is the voice The human heart can know no greater trial

of God. It speaks to us at every moment, whether Than comes with this confession,

we understand it or not. How then shall we learn That the continued sorrow of denial

to distinguish His words? How? Why, how will your Was better than possession.

little child come to know what you mean when you We are like children in our poor unreason,

speak to it? Must it not learn your language, by As we reach after joys

little and little, by trying and failing, and trying That at the best can please but for a season,

again ; always under your own eye, and closely held And then are broken toys. If we would only walk the paths of duty,

by your own hand ? It is not for weeks, perhaps not Humbly and with thanksgiving,

for months, that it even knows that your are speaking Our hearts would learn in lessons

full of beauty, to it. And when after a time the little face begins to The secrets of true living.

brighten at your voice, and the watchful eyes to -The Advance.

follow your actions, and something like trust begins

to grow up within, have you not still a great deal to ANSWERS TO PRAYER

do before you can make the little one understand

your full meaning? When first you have to say No, We talk sometimes as if the only answer we could does it always even try to understand ? Does it not understand was getting what we want. We say, when sometimes go on crying for the thing it longs for ? we have asked for a thing and it has been given us, And how, while it is fretting against your No, can that we have had “ an answer to prayer.” And, alas, you explain anything more? when we have asked for something, and it has not When we have prayed with eager longing for somebeen given to us, we are but too ready to say, “our thing our hearts are set upon, and it has been withheld prayer has not been answered,”-perhaps we even from us, what are we to do next? Shall we go on say it has not been heard. Now surely this is a very begging and begging, and crying out for the thing we blind and wilful way of talking about prayer. It want? Or would it not be best to be silent for a while, seems strange that any one can think thus of our and first learn to quiet ourselves; trusting that when Heavenly Father who has ever had to do with the we are quiet He will be able to make more of His bringing up of a little child. Do we not need teaching meaning plain to us? It is just at such times as this just as the little children need it, to whom we must that we have the best chance of learning to underso often say No; and to whom it is often so difficult stand the language in which He speaks to us. The to make our reasons plain?

thing we asked for may have been indeed denied, and While we think that the only use of prayer is to then our first business is to learn to take No for an get our own way, we cannot wonder (it is indeed a answer. Or it may only have been delayed, and then mercy) that it is so often denied. It would truly be we may quietly try again, asking once more either giving us a scorpion in the place of a fish, and stones for the same or for some better thing. But first we instead of bread, to give us wilful, blind creatures, a must consider which of these answers has really been right to have everything go on just as we should like. given us. This is very far from being Jesus Christ's thought of Perhaps, for instance, you have asked, with a wild prayer. As He used it and spoke of it, it is just passion of entreaty, for some precious life to be spared speaking to God, as a child speaks to its father and to you here; clinging to that hope while any room its mother--as a grown man or woman can speak for hope was left. But the blow has fallen-your only to the One who knows all, and who turns away dear one has died. Your request has been refused. from none, be their sins, and their sorrows, and their very well, there is an end of that wish. You must darkness, what they may. He always listens; does listen to God's Nó, and give it up altogether. There He always answer?

is no more to be said. But you need not think thereThink for a moment in what manner we can expect fore that you have not been answered. The answer Him to answer us. We know that He does not walk has been even terribly plain. by our side in outward form like one of ourselves, But sometimes we take for a denial what may mean though we thank Him daily that He has spoken to only delay. Perhaps we ask for relief from pain, and us through human lips. But it is not only, or mostl it does not come at once; or for strength to overcome


a difficulty, and the difficulty seems only to grow fair chance to teach us. And do we not wish to be greater. Then let us ask again. It is not "past I taught by Him? Is it not worth while to give up praying for;" it may only need waiting for. Let us thinking our own thoughts, and going our own way, in such cases look up again and again for help or for if so we may learn to enter into the mind of our relief, and if we are not freed from pain and our task Maker, and have our whole life filled with the meanis not lightened, at any rate we may find help in ing which is truly Light? learning to endure patiently and to strive bravely; The voice of the Lord is indeed not always to be and this is an answer which may well satisfy us and heard without trembling. We must give up our own encourage us till at lengti the pain and the labor, way if we would learn to walk with God; and must like all other earthly things, come to an end. They welcome even the pain He sends if we would enter will have done their work, and God will show us what into the fullness of His meaning. But if we dare so they meant. His answer may be neither No, nor to trust Him fully, we shall never be left alone. If Yes; it may be Wait. This is the answer which most we could learn not only to be often speaking to Him, of us find it hardest to understand; but still it is an but also to be always hearing Him, always listening

Each time that we hear it, and lay it to for His voice and trying to obey it, then indeed our heart, we shall ask more gently, and be better pre- life would be a life of prayer, and of answered prayer pared for the next reply.

a life of Communion with God. This is indeed the Or perhaps we ask for something which we know, path of life ; which“shineth more and more unto the or ought to know, that our Father intends for us; perfect day.” It need not be a life in which strange something of which we ought never to despair. Wé signs and wonders take place; but it is a life whose may long for restoration or redemption for ourselves meaning becomes clearer and clearer as we go on. It or our beloved-for the return of the lost sheep-for is always an uphill path-often a rough one. It may life from the dead. When a prayer like this is in lead us through fire and water, and "sundry kinds of our heart we must not easily let it go. Such a prayer death;” but the longer we try it the less we shall reaches beyond this life, and need not be cut short by think of giving it up, and the more ready we shall death. We need not be always urging it in words; become to give up everything else for it. His will is we must not think to be heard for our much speak- our everlasting rest, and in His presence is the fulling; we must not think that our love can be wiser or ness of joy. It may cost us our life to follow Him ; more tender than our Father's love, or our patience it may cost us pain and toil, and many things which and faithfulness more enduring than His; but we we dread more than death; but those who have once must cling to the hope even when it seems to take the learnt to know His voice will count nothing dear to shape of despair; we must hold it fast although it may them which keeps them back from Him.

“ He that burn like fire, or gnaw with unceasing pain; we must will lose his life for my sake shall save it.” If this listen for hard lessons; we must be ready for the is a hard saying, we have but honestly to ask Him, rebuke of life, and prepared to go even into "the and sooner or later He will make its meaning clear outer darkness," if it be there that His hand shall to us, if only we will listen to Him.-Caroline E. lead us, only we must never let go that blessed Hand, Stephen, in Friends Quarterly Examiner. and in such an hour as we think not the full answer shall come.

FRIENDS PRINCIPLES. There are as many kinds of prayer as there are needs of the human heart. It is as natural for us to EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER OF AN EDITOR OF THE pray as it is for a child to call to its mother. The great thing we have to do is to learn the language, not only of prayer, but of the answers to prayer. . We believe there is a prevailing unity of Perhaps one chief reason why we are told to ask, is thought in our Society on all vital subjects, and in that the very act of asking leads us to watch for the our work we recognize and endeavor to meet the answer. Our Heavenly Father knows what we have want of our readers. Our principal concern is to need of before we ask Him, and might in many cases keep to Friends' doctrine and testimonies as these give just as much if we never asked at all. But if are understood by the seven Yearly Meetings that we took all His gifts silently and without looking up compose our body, and this we aim to do, not in the to Him, they could not have half the meaning for us special sectarian views of any class, but on the broad which they may carry to the watchful child-like heart. basis of that unity which finds agreement in essenThe smallest things may be used as messages where tials, and exercises a charity that thinketh no evil love and trust are, and the greatest benefits can say towards non-essentials. nothing where these are not. A loaf of bread will The only doctrine that makes it necessary for us feed the body, wherever it comes from; but when it to be a separate and distinct religious organization is comes in reply to a cry for help it may bring new life our fundamental belief in the sufficiency of the to the fainting soul. We do not know what life can light within," when yielded to and obeyed, to guide be till we have learnt to look for God's meaning in into a saving knowledge of "the Christ," "the power all that it brings.

of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” I have said that Life is the voice of God; and the Nor does this belief rest only upon that which was first step towards understanding that wonderful Voice written of him "in whom dwelt the fullness of the is surely to listen quietly. But we shall not come to Godhead bodily,” but upon that which is revealed understand much if we pick out the pleasant things to the soul of each. We cannot go farther than this and call them His "answers." We must take the without entering upon debatable ground, yet it is rehitter with the sweet, or else we do not give Him a quired of us to give a reason for the hope that is in


us, and hence, as the revelations of truth come to cerned that truth ooly may prevail, to help us carry the mind, and the tongue of utterance is given, the forward the work we have undertaken. instrument that is chosen must, if true to Him who calls to service, hand forth of that receiveit, accord

DEPENDENCE UPON GOD. ing to the intelligent comprehension that has taken form and shape in the mind, and may be conveyed Our common daily life is one of constant dependin words to those who hear.

ence upon forms of life which are lower than our “There are diversities of gifts,” but the one Spirit own.

The beasts of the field, the fowls of the air, -in this we can all agree; then why not agree that the fish of the sea, the waving grain in the valley, in the ministry of this Word or Power that which the golden fruit of the orchard, all minister to our is revealed as saying truth to one mind, and is his growth and development. Life that is conscious, and by Divine illumination, may be handed forth pitz's out prejudice to any. If it carry with it conviction lower planes of organization-air, water, and earthto other minds, and meets the witness for truth furnish the realm in which we live. Our dependence therein, it must accomplish that whereunto it is sent. upon the lower stage of life is immediate and vital. It may not be in the form of words, in which some A few days without the food which nature has slowly other equally concerned instrument might clothe the prepared in her laboratory, a few days without the same truth. Shall any say the one is dangerous, water she holds in her cup, a few minutes without scattering," and the other, only, is of God i From the elastic air which envelopes us, and the body is whence come wars and fightings? queries one of the once more remanded to the dust from which it came. earliest martyrs to the Christian faith. Come they This dependence is so absolute and so constant that not from the same source that the lusts of the flesh we are seldom wholly unconscious of it. Occasionspring; and shall we not turn from them to those ally, some one tries the experiment of seeing how peaceable fruits of righteousness against which there long, he can live without food; but the majority of s no law?

mankind need no prolonged abstinence to convince i If our own spiritual life is bound up in the life of them that such an experiment must be sooner or later the Society, we will earnestly desire to see it coming unsuccessful. Our daily hunger is evidence of our to the front, not in the oldness of the letter but in the daily dependence upon the realm of life beneath us.

Then we become conscious, too of the dependence newness of the spirit, that its standard may be the rallying point for every earnest seeker after the true upon our own kind, upon the humanity of which we Light, the world over. And seekers there are, all are a part. It is possible to supply the physical around us, who, like the “wise meu " of the East,

wants of the body by living in isolation, but it is not have seen this star arising, and are coming to its natural.. It is not the large, radiating, sympathetic brightness.

human life. Civilization is but a network, into which

each strand in the social fabric is woven and made Let us be wise as children of the day," and, sinking every difference in the fountain of love, let us dependence upon our own kind, we could not enjoy

dependent upon some other. Without this constant s mind the Light," and loyally hold it up for the en- the thousand comforts which furnish our homes, the lightenment of the nations. We need not fear the clothes we wear, the houses in which we live, the most extreme presentation of this fundamental doc- steamers which bear us over the sea, the railroads trine while it has the authority of " him who spake which hurry us across the continent, the telephone as never man spake,” and that because of the full, which carries our message, the type which stamps the ness of the Godhead revealed in him.

printed word. And all these relationships of simple Iu regard to our course as editors, in what may material dependence, which bind us together by seem, and really is, open to the charge of "a new mutual interests

, shade off into relationships of the departure" for the Friends' Intelligencer, it is proper mind and heart which are less easily defined, but not here to say that what we publish of the doings less real. It is here that life takes on volume and among Orthodox Friends we have reason to believe richness. We depend for growth of intellect and for is giving very general satisfaction. We endeavor to nurture of the heart upon the lives that are about us. present facts as they transpire, without censure or But sooner or later there is revealed in unfair criticism. Friends of the various branches experience the consciousness of our dependence upon of that body who read our paper speak favorably of a Life that is vastly higher than our own. the course we are pursuing.

Life that is not only above ours, but beneath it. It We are concerned that all our friends will help us is so large that it fills the universe. Whichever to make the united paper an exponent of what is direction we take to trace the source of our dependbest and most in accord with the Christian profession ence, we come at last to the underlying Life in which as interpreted by the Society of Friends. We want we live and move and have our being. Are ye sermons, essays, correspondence, and indeed any and dependent upon the lower forms of life, beasts of the every form in which such thought is clearly and in- field, fish of the sea, waving grain, and glowing fruit ? telligently expressed, and though there may be some Whence comes the life that informs them, whence all divergence, if what is offered is honest conviction, this multitude of conditions which furnish our own kindly handed forth, in a Christian spirit, it will find lives the field for their manifestation ? Perhaps to a place and be gladly welcomed. Whatever is of most people, the idea of God and our dependence upon God will abide, and whatever is of the reasoning of him are suggested more directly through the physical man, if it "meet not the witness," must fail. Here life. He is the controller of the vast forces and conwe stand, and from this ground ask all who are conditions upon which our earthly existence depends.


It is a For The Intelligencer and Journal.

The idea of God reaches up to them through lower I am well repaid ; if I spend two in discovering its forms of life and being, as the flower rises and blooms spiritual meaning, I am still better repaid ; and if I from the sod. But our dependence upon God is spend three in getting at its practical teaching, I am something more than a dependence upon an energy, best repaid of all." Whatever, then, may be the infinite and eternal though it be, which contributes current of our Bible reading, let us never omit the the force for our own lives. Our sense of depend spiritual and practical bearing of it. The Bible is ence rises through higher forms of feeling and expe- intended mainly and chiefly to minister to our higher rience. It becomes a dependence upon an infinite life. It has, indeed, its other uses. Even as a litermind and heart. We are not more dependent upon ary book it enriches and enlarges the mind. Its hisGod for the food we eat, for the air we breathe, than tory, its poetry, its political economy, are such that we are dependent upon him for the constitution of no library is well furnished without it, and no man our minds. To study the manifestation of God in is well educated who is not familiar with its contents. the universe is to study the manifestation of mind as Chalmers used to say that the secret of Scotch thrift well as of power. Our intellectual life is nourished was the thorough acquaintance of his countrymen and quickened by the material for thought which it with the Book of Proverbs.” finds all about it. We are sustained and enriched on the intellectual side by a Life which is higher than our own. The fundamental forms of our thought

THE SPREAD OF FRIENDS' PRINCIPLES. are but the trellis fupon which we climb to a higher conception of God.

I think it needful that we take some means to proBut most of all upon the moral side of our mote the further spread and knowledge of the prinlives does this sense of dependence reveal to us the ciples of the Society of Friends, not so much because need of a bigher life than ours. It is here at times they are our principles, but that they are right in that we feel our own insufficiency more completely themselves, and if more generally known and practhan any words or images can express it. This moral tised would advance the happiness and well being of capability with which we are endowed is the offspring the race. And I would that our younger members, as of a Higher Life than our own. We have not well as all others, should realize that our principles, originated our own nature, nor can we find fulfill- taken as a whole, are superior to those of any other ment for that nature in our own independent religious body of people. And in this it is not my resources nor wholly in the human life about us. wish to undervalue those of any or all other sects, We must lean here upon the life of God. The moral but that notwithstanding the many excellencies of problems which to us seem insolvable only reveal these, each in their own way, still ours embody in our dependence upon a higher ideal of righteousness themselves all these and carry them further than than that which is fulfilled in human society. The they. If any ask why I so esteem them, I answer, imperfections of our personal lives, our consciousness in the words of Scripture," by their fruits.” When of sin, all point us to a Perfect Life. Without this we remember, at the rise of our Society, how clearly ideal, humanity would be unutterably bereft, and its they were shown the evils that prevailed at that progress along the path of moral development effectu- time, and the mercenary character of the religious ally barred.

portion of the community, and how war, slavery and Thus, upon the physical, the intellectual, and the oppression abounded, and these were not only not moral plane of our lives, our dependence upon God rebuked by those who claimed to be the ministers of is continually and unmistakably revealed. For the the Prince of Peace, but were actually upheld and refreshment of our bodies, for the awakening of our vindicated by them. Now the principles of Friends minds, for the purification of our souls, we must turn not only showed these things in all their deformity, to God, our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. He but also enabled those who embraced them to boldly it is who has opened to us the doorway of life and declare against them, and also to suffer when brought set before us the eternal goal. In our prosperity, to the strait to either be silent or endure the consewe may turn to him with gratitude; in our misfort- quences. As they kept near this same principle they une, for strength ; in our impurity, for cleansing. God went on bearing the word of life to the people, and is then no longer an abstraction to us. His relation to submitting to the abuse that a benighted and superour life is more real and immediate than any thing of stitious public sentiment awarded them, kept thus which we can think. In the dark and hard places of our ignorant by a selfish and mercenary priesthood. Now, earthly lot there are a sweetness and refreshment in I claim a principle that can and has done this is the simple thought that God exists. Our hope and better and superior to that which controlled those faith are built upon no figment of the imagination, ministers and those who acted with them in that but upon the Eternal Reality of the universe. We day, and in our own time allows such extreme inconlive, because God lives ; and, because God lives, we sistencies to abound as compared with the teachings shall never die.-Christian Register.

of Jesus as found in the New Testament.

I advocate the idea that these principles have “For those who have time and capacity for it, the within themselves intrinsically those excellencies and critical study of Holy Scripture should not be lost qualities, and that when they become the controlling sight of; but there is a wise saying of an old father, power of our life's actions their innate virtues bewhich we quote because it may be a guide to those come revealed in our fruits among men. who can pursue such studies, and at the same time a Now I want to be distinctly understood here that comfort to those who cannot. He says: “If I spend I claim and desire to represent that the saving and a day in ascertaining the critical meaning of a text redeeming power exists in those principles I refer to.

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