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obtain it soon, or die without it. He went to his chamber, took his Bible and read, and then knelt down to pray.
In trying to pray, he found that his heart was very hard, and the more he prayed the worse he felt. He finally found that he must come to Christ just as he was. He felt like poor Jack :
“ I am a poor sinner and nothing at all,
A CONVERT OF TWELVE YEARS.—It was stated that a girl was converted in the Sabbath school, at the age of twelve. She lived two years after she was brought into the kingdom ; but before she died, she brought twelve or fourteen of her associates to Christ. She worked while the day lasted. This was the secret of her success.
GREAT ADDITION TO A SABBATH SCHOOL.—A brother who had lately visited Connecticut stated that in one society sixty-four members of the Sabbath school had been received into the Church, and in another seventy-two.
WHAT A WIFE CAN DO.-A certain woman in New Hampshire, at the close of a prayer-meeting, requested the minister to accompany her to her house. Her husband was an avowed Universalist. The wife was conscious that she had not been faithful to her husband. She requested her husband and the minister to go into another room, knelt down at the feet of her husband, and made a most humiliating confession of her unfaithfulness. The husband turned pale, and trembled like an aspen-leaf. The strong cries and tears of the wife
led him to cry for mercy. Within four weeks be was rejoicing in hope.
THE POWER OF THE BIBLE.-A little girl had been attacked with sudden pain in the head, which ended in blindness. She was taken to an eminent oculist, who pronounced her incurable. She wished to know what the doctor had said about her state, and her mother told her. “What! mother," exclaimed the child," and am I never more to see the sun, nor the beautiful fields, nor you, my dear mother, nor my father? Oh! how shall I bear it ?” She wrung her hands, and wept bitterly. Nothing seemed to yield her the slightest comfort, till her mother, taking a pocket Bible from the table, placed it in her hands. “What is this, mother ?” inquired the disconsolate little girl. “It is the Bible, my child.” Immediately a score of its most consolatory passages presented themselves to her mind, such as, “My grace is sufficient for thee," “Cast thy burden upon the Lord.” She paused, turned her poor, benighted eyeballs toward the ceiling, while an angelic expression played on her countenance, and then, as if filled with the Holy Spirit, breathed forth in an impassioned but scarcely audible whisper, “ Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven," and went on her way rejoicing.
' Such was the wonder-working power of that blessed book.
A COVENANT-KEEPING GOD.-A mother of thirteen children, all unconverted, lay upon her dying bed calm and serene.
She was asked how she could die so composedly, when her children were all out of Christ. She replied that she had consecrated them
all to God, and He was faithful to His covenant. She fully believed that they would be brought into the kingdom. She further said that, instead of rejoicing over their conversion in this life, she expected that, as their repentance one by one was announced by the angels, to join with them in praising God for bringing them into His kingdom. God did as this dying mother expected He would do. Within five years of her death, all her children were converted.
A MOTHER'S PRAYERS ANSWERED.-In a distant town, a mother prayed for her boy. Those prayers followed him as he set sail on a long voyage. When in foreign ports, he procured tokens of affection for the dear mother at home. The captain gave orders “ to fasten down the hatches, and take a homeward course. His heart bounded with joy at the idea of again being greeted with a mother's kiss. Alas for human hopes ! Before night, he met with an accident that deprived him of both limbs ; his companions bore him to his berth. Said he, “Shipmates, it is a hard thing to die ; but I must go. Read to me from the Bible my mother gave me; read to me of Jesus.” One who sat by his bed read, Create in me a clean heart."- Oh, cannot you read something more ?”- Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” and “He is able to save, even unto the uttermost, all that come unto Him." “How can I come ?” the sailor inquired.—“ As a child unto its father,” his shipmate replied.—"I will, I do believe.” The next morn, his companion felt that death was very near, and, hearing him whisper in a low, sweet voice, bent his ear, and caught these words :
He's come !"
His friend asked, “Who has come ?”—“ Jesus,” he replied, and fell asleep.
“Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
PRAYER ON SHIPBOARD.-A brother stated that five months ago a sailor was converted at North Street, and soon after sailed for England. He lately returned, and reported the conversion of nine of the crew on the outward voyage. When the ship arrived at Liverpool, on the Sabbath, they hoisted the union jack, to indicate that a prayer-meeting was to be held in their ship. They expected only a few; but, to their astonishment, the deck was thronged, and seventeen sailors asked for prayers.
A sailor arose and said that twenty-eight years ago he found Christ on the coast of Holland. Wherever he has been since that time, he has stood
CONFESSION AND CONVERSION.—A merchant in one of our Atlantic cities said to a friend, “I wonder why none of my clerks have been converted !” His friend replied, “ Are you aware that you have a hasty temper, and often find unnecessary fault with your clerks, and manifest a wrong spirit in your business ?" The merchant was conscious that he was verily guilty ; retired to his closet, confessed his sin, and deeply humbled himself before God. The next morning he called his eleven or twelve clerks together into his counting-room, told them of the agony of his mind, asked their forgiveness, knelt down and prayed. Two of those clerks were convicted in that counting-room before they left, and within one week were converted, and in a short time three more.
That merchant achieved a victory over himself that he had never gained before.
CONVERSION OF A TRUCKMAN.—The following interesting fact was presented at one of the meetings. It related to a man who ran away with a companion to California. The latter was taken sick, and while prostrated with disease he was greatly distressed about his soul, but died without hope. The firstnamed man said, to use his own language :
“I felt very bad for a while, but soon became more hardened than ever. I returned home, and became engaged in driving a truck. About three months since, I was much concerned about my soul, so much that I could not sleep at nights. There was no one to comfort me, and I had no friend on earth or in heaven.
“One day, as I was driving my truck through Court Street, and was just turning into Tremont Street, I thought of my soul. All was dark, and no one cared for me. Driving through Tremont Street, I saw the bulletin out at Park Street Church, with the words on it, Stranger-Traveller-Friend come in.' I drove my truck on the other side of the street, and went in. A man was speaking about free salvation. “All,' said he, ‘may come, if they will. Christ is ready to receive every brokenhearted sinner.'
“Oh, my heart was broken. A man offered prayer, that Christ would have mercy on all that were in their sins. My heart was so full I could hold out no longer. I gave myself, soul and body, to Him, for I could do no less. I felt great peace