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conscience and a feeling heart. He did sympathize and assist. Many a dark night his conscience said, “ Thou God seest me.” Sixteen months before he died he had occasion to go to London with a large quantity of fruit for sale. Overstanding his market, the fruit perished, and he sustained pecuniary loss. For days after he paced the streets of the great city in despondency; and when the Sabbath intervened, from general habit betook himself to a place of religious worship. At the close of the third service he attended that day, as he was leaving the chapel, he was accosted by an aged saint, who witnessing his feelings, expressed her sympathy with and for him. " Come home with me,” she said. George went, was assisted, and refreshed. On leaving, she said to him, “ My dear friend, this day may be the best in your life; your present loss may be your eternal gain.” So
God blessed the widow's mite and word, and George became a changed man.
Oh, thou forbearing God, by how many distinct voices thou dost deign to call the rebellious from their rebellions to thyself! From that day to some weeks before his death, George was the subject of deep and thorough conviction and penitence. Tears of contrition streamed from his eyes as he sat in the house of God. At the “En. quirers' Meeting,” his language was, “I'm a great sinner, a vile wretch; but I'll not deceive you, I'm not in a saved state.” How he wept and sweat as he cried, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” And at night after hours of turning and groaning, he would arise from the side of his partner, and casting himself on the floor, cry out in bitterest agony,“ O God, have mercy on me.” These were to him days of sorrow and nights of tears.
It was reserved for George Ledger to know and acknowledge more fully that “God is just,” and that he will have mercy on every returning, believing sinner. Though healthy and robust, the smallest worm was to be the instrument of his removal. The solemn fact was broached to him that an eating cancer, which was winding its rapid course beneath his tongue, could not be arrested in its progress; vigorous as he appeared, he must expect to die shortly,—die by inches ! He listened with deep concern, and said, “God is just, God is just.” (His voice sank.) He now looked back and thought on the sins of fifty years, and also on the forbearance of God. With the sight of his sins on one hand and God's mercies on the other, (he could recount many) he would burst forth, “O what a vile wretch I have been.” A flood of tears which intercepted utterance being removed, he would add, “If He send me to hell, I justly deserve it: do you think He will have mercy on my poor soul ?”
Three weeks prior to the decease of George Ledger, it pleased the Holy Spirit to reveal to him more fully the love and mercy of God "in the face of Jesus Christ." The law had been a severe "schoolmaster;" but its discoveries led his mind to see more clearly, and his heart to appreciate more fully, the great purpose of the death of Jesus Christ. He was drawn by mercy and love to the Cross. His heart truly and fervently said, “If I perish, I'll perish there.” During one of the last visits, he clasped the hand of the writer, and tremulously said, “Sir, how thankful I feel when any christian calls to see and talk with me.” (Numbers loved the man and visited him.) “I know you can't save me.” “I remember you told me that; I did not fully understand then; I do now.” “It is Christ : to him I must look; to him I do look.” The last night of George's life on earth was an affecting one.
It must be remembered that in his sober moments he loved his wife. They were about to be separated. He knew his hour was come. Putting his arms around her neck as she bent over to watch, he drew her close to him, and articulated, as well as he could (his tongue at this time was all but severed !) “Dear wife, weep not for me. I am going to be happy. Trouble not about the future; God will be the husband of my widow.” “My children,” added he, “lie yonder ; but I desire to lie behind that meeting-house where God visited my poor soul, and where I have received so many favours. And you, my dear, go sit in my place, and be buried in my grave.” Presently he departed without a sigh.
Thus lived and thus died the firm George Ledger. It is hoped his widow, who in all human probability will soon be with him, is now looking to the Saviour of her husband. The Lord wipe the tears from her eyes, and prepare her soul for a better world.
The writer, in closing, asks whether it would not be wise for all to enquire how many pangs of the widow, and fatherless, and how much heart's blood of the drunkard are found at the door of the pub. lican? He begs also to remind all that God's word says, “Every one that sweareth shall be cut off ;” and, “No drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God.” And, lastly, he would entreat every reader to peruse the 55th ch. of Isaiah, 1-7, and ask in the funeral text of George, have “I put my mouth in the dust, if so there may be hope? &c." Chipperfield.
Thou SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY God IN VAIN.-It is one of the most crying sins of this country to take the Lord's name in vain. We cannot pass through one day, not even the Sabbath, without hearing this sin committed, and that not only by bold blasphemers, but by others that ought to know better. How often do we hear the expression--"What, by God, did he do this or that for?” or, “ by God, I will do so and so." While others use the name of God with much more awful language. Now this is, to all intents and purposes, taking the Lord's name in vain, and if not truly repented of, the Lord will surely punish it. Reader, think of the awful glory of the Almighty. Think, too, how even the angels cry, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. Think of the awful punishments which are threatened against those who commit this sin. And oh, be entreated, be persuaded by one that is anxious for the salvation of your souls, to leave off this crying sin, if you are guilty of it, and tarn to the Lord Jesus Christ with full purpose of heart.--A Day Labourer.
REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY.-My dear reader, if you are neglecting the ordinances of religious worship, let me entreat you to ponder over the paths of your feet,—be admonished by that voice which says, “ Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Go to the house of God. Fill a seat in our places of worship. Our congregations are thin, because so many “are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God;"_but be not like them,-imitate not their bad example,_live no longer a Sabbath breaker,—but go and hear of the salvation of Jesus. And be assured that we all need salvation. Whatever you may be, whether a labourer like myself, or a servant, or a master, unless you are saved through Jesus Christ, you will be eternally miserable! But if saved through Him, how exulting the thought, you will hereafter live with Him in glory, and enjoy eternal happiness with all the redeemed above. One of the Working Class.
It is TOO LATE.—This was the expression of a relative of mine who had arrived at old age, entirely regardless of the preparation necessary to meet death with composure. She had indeed attended to everything besides, and taken good care to be beforehand with all temporal matters ; but when attacked with severe illness, and fearing it would end in death, she cried out in anguish and bitterness of soul, “Oh, it is too late,” “I have attended,” she might have added, “ to my earthly affairs, but I am too late for salvation, too late for mercy, the door is shut.” Oh, the overwhelming weight of woe upon such a soul! Who can conceive, who can describe ? My reader, if you are attending to the things of time, regardless of the all important affairs of eternity, let me implore you to go on your knees, and ask the Lord to melt your heart and to forgive your sins, for the sake of his Son Jesus Christ. Do not wait till “it is too late !” Attend the things that make for your peace, before they are for ever_hidden from your eyes.
“ HASTEN, O sinner, to be wise,
And stay not for the morrow's sun ;
The harder is she to be won."
TO THE WORKING CLASSES.
A PRIZE !
Reader, you may obtain this Prize. Remember, it is a prize worth securing. It is a Pearl !-a Pearl of great Price ! (Matt. xiii. 45, 46)—a Pearl of immense value ! And remember that there is to be no competition for it.
may obtain it,—were your effort ever so feeble, ever so frail and weak; if you seek it, no one can keep it from you. Yea, you and thousands more may secure it! It is the Kingdom of Heaven! What a boon! What a bounty! But you are a sinner. Have
fled to Christ for pardon ? Have you sought the salvation of your soul ? Have you heard of this prize before, and sought it? If you have, you will surely obtain it (Luke xi. 9). If you have not, pray seek it to-day. Christ entreats you to seek it. His people and his ministers invite you to seek it. His word calls you to seek it
, and assures you that you shall not seek in vain. Christ says in his Holy Word, “To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Heb. iii. 7, 8). “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. vi. 2). And now, I beseech you, strive now to obtain the salvation of your soul. Remember, if you remain and die in your sins, you cannot receive the kingdom of heaven. If you die in your wickedness, with the wicked you shall be “turned into hell” (Ps. ix. 17). But hear the glad tidings of mercy. Mercy calls you now! It may be to-morrow justice will sentence you to woe, for you know not what a day may bring forth (Prov. xxvii. 1). To-day thou art in the reach of mercy; to-morrow thou mayest be where mercy never can
Careless sinner! now also is the axe laid at thy root (Matt. iii. 10), only awaiting the mandate of Justice, which
say, “Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground !" and would have done so long since, had it not been withheld by the mercy of a long-suffering and forbearing God, who has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn and live (Ezekiel xxxiii. 2).
But perhaps you ask, How may I obtain this Pearl of great Price,—the heavenly kingdom,—the salvation of my soul ? How? Why, though you are a sinner, and deserve God's anger, and cannot save yourself even in a part, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to save them that could not save themselves, and suffered all that the law required, and suffered all that God's justice demanded and was deserved by guilty sinners. Confess your sins to God, and beseech him to pardon you, for the sake of what Jesus did and suffered. Plead God's promises before him. “Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened unto you."
“ Jesus stands with outstretched arms,
Seek and find it while you may." To-day, then, seek the salvation of your soul. In whatever position you stand, or in whatever circumstances you may be, Christ will be your all in all (2 Cor. vi. 16). Are you young? He will be the guide of your youth (Jer. iii. 4). Are you aged? He will be your staff, your support, and Are you afflicted ?
He is a very present help in trouble (Ps. xlvi. 1). Are you tempted? He will make the tempter flee.
Poor sinner ! see here is the Prize—thy soul's salvation. Then seek it to-day. “While life remains there is hope."
“Life is the time to serve the Lord,
The time t' ensure the great reward;
ONE OF THE WORKING PEOPLE.
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