The Baldwin Library
A PRAYER MEETING
"OUR FATHER WHO ART
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T. EL0ON AND SONS
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WHO ART IN HEAVEN:"
ILLUSTRIATIVE OF TIE LORD'S PRAYER.
.or the T1lU,1,
Though ,atthh parel ts 1pasn aa'y,
NI' Thoe ou r astl -tay,
And for Ilis sake the c ss ltht 1ole,
iMake is Thy children i eve l
T. NELSON AND SONS, PATERNOSTER ROW;
EDINBURGH; AND NEW YORK.
I. OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN," ... ... 7
II. HALLOWED BE THY NAME," ... ... ... ... 25
III. THY KINGDOM COME," ... ... .. ... 39
IV. "THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, AS IT IS DONE IN
HEAVEN, ... ... ... ... ... 54
V. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD," ... ... 71
VI. FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS," 87
VII. LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM
EVIL," ... ... ... ... ... ... 98
VIII. FOR THINE 1S TE KINGDI)OM, AND THE POWER, AND THE
GLORY, FOR EVER AND EVER. AMEN." ... ... 112
THE LORD'S PRAYER.
"OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN."
L-I E-- E regiment was under orders
St, proceed to the seat of war. The
embarkationn was to take place on
,r l the following day. Major Allen
assembled his family for worship in the
evening, as usual, but their hearts were very
sad, for next day their dear father was to
leave them; and though the troops were
going out in great spirits, yet it was certain
that some would never return to country
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and home. Very solemnly the Major
opened the great Bible; and as he did so,
a tear trickled down the cheek of his wife.
He read the fourteenth chapter of John's
Gospel; and soon there was sobbing which
could not be restrained. His own voice
faltered several times; but he was a soldier,
accustomed to self-command, and he went
on bravely to the end.
"When they kneeled down, oh, how fer-
"-..^ ^ '- . "
When they kneeled down, oh, how fer-
vently he prayed; how he besought the
Lord to keep his dear ones, and to be a
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN. 9
Father to them; to preserve them from the
evils that are in the world, and to prepare
them for his heavenly kingdom. He asked
to be brought safely back, if that were
God's holy pleasure; but added, "Never-
theless, 0 Father, not my will, but thine
be done!" "If we never again meet on
earth, oh, let not one be wanting in heaven !
Be the Father of all-gather all into thy
heavenly home, the mansions above, a better
home than I can give them, a home where
there shall be no more painful separations,
where sorrow, and suffering, and tears can
He was obliged to be short, for his manly
spirit was giving way, and the young ones
were almost choked with weeping. As they
bade him Good-night," it seemed as if they
could never unclasp their arms from his
neck; little Emily had to be carried away
as well as baby. He committed each to
their Father in heaven; and the promise
was in his heart, though he could not trust
his lips to utter it, "Leave thy father-
less children; I will preserve them alive."
That night, when alone, he pleaded it fer-
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vently before God; asking for them not
the life of the body only, but the life of
the soul. His last words to them in the
morning were, Remember your Father in
heaven; cleave to him as his children."
The drums beat; the bugles sounded;
the troops formed in order, and then the
sun shone brightly upon as gallant a regi-
ment as ever passed along the streets of
SThe band played, the arms glittered,
the horses pranced; crowds cheered them
as they moved along, and from the opened
windows handkerchiefs were waved. They
went forward to the sound of music and
applause; who could have fancied that the
noisy display was nearly breaking many a
At length they approached the sea; a
noble ship was riding at anchor to receive
them. Carriages crowded the beach, and
soldiers' wives and children and sisters
pressed forward to steal a last look at hus-
band and father and brother. Happy the
children who on that day felt that they had
a Father in heaven!
Alas there were some who had no such
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN. 11
feeling; some jested in heartless merriment,
others sobbed in sullen misery. Young
men might be heard flinging idle jokes to
"cheer" their sisters as they passed; the
wife of an officer fainted as she parted from
her husband; and when part of the men
had gained the pier, a little child rushed
fearlessly through the crowd, and discover-
ing his father, clung weeping to his legs.
"Send him away," cried an officer, in a
voice of thunder; but the soldier, in a calm,
despairing tone, replied, I will not." It
was a motherless child, from whom its only
remaining parent was about to be separated.
But the heavenly Father had provided a
home for the little one. Touched by the
sight, a lady stepped forward, and offered to
take him into her own family. How thank-
ful his poor father would be The grief of
the child would be soothed that night by
compassionate words. I hope that the lady
told him of One above the clear blue sky,
who cares for little children, and calls him-
self their Father."
That evening the children of Major Allen
were sitting with their mamma around the
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parlour-fire; baby had fallen asleep upon
her knee, and none seemed disposed for
noisy play. Harriet had been looking very
thoughtful, and at length she said, "Mamma,
I have been thinking all day of the begin-
ning of the Lord's Prayer, 'Our Father
who art in heaven.'"
Charles was sitting on a stool at his
sister's feet, and half hiding his face in her
frock, he added, "I think a great many
children will say that prayer to-night."
"I hope so, dear," said Mrs. Allen; "but
I fear that not all the children who repeat
the words of this prayer do really feel to-
wards God the true spirit of filial love and
reverence when they say 'Our Father.'"
"Is he not the Father of all ?" Charles
In one sense he is," replied his mamma.
"He is the Creator of all, and the Preserver
of all, and his kindness is shown in wonder-
fully providing for many fatherless children
who do not know their benefactor; but I
should like him to be the Father of vmy chil-
dren in a higher sense than this."
"You would like us to be the children of
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God through Christ Jesus, mamma," said
"That is what I chiefly desire for you,"
replied Mrs. Allen. "If I were sure of
that, then I should know that you would
not want any good thing."-Ps. xxxiv. 10.
"I never before thought much of the
meaning of that part of the prayer," said
"That is too often the case, my boy," re-
plied his mamma. "We say words, and
call it prayer, when we do not pray in our
hearts; we speak to God, and do it as if we
were speaking into the air."
Mamma," said Harriet, "I have often
tried to feel the presence of God in prayer;
but once or twice, when I did so, I was ter-
rified; he is so great, so holy."
Yes, my child, he is too great, too holy
for a sinful being to approach, except through
Christ. We must go to him by the Medi-
ator, or else we shall find him a consuming
But I am never afraid of papa," said
Never, dear ? think again."
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"Oh yes, mamma, when I have been
naughty, and must be punished."
That is just the reason why we are afraid
of God. We have been naughty, and de-
serve to be punished."
Then when I say Our Father' to-night,
I must think, 'our Father in Christ,' must
I, mamma ? asked Henry.
"Ask God to be your Father through
Christ, to wash away your sins in his blood,
and to give you the spirit of adoption,
whereby to cry 'Abba Father,"' replied
Just then nurse came for baby and Emily.
After Mrs. Allen had kissed little Emily,
and said good-night, the child still lingered
and hung round her mamma. At length,
looking up thoughtfully, she said, When
papa said good-night, he always said, 'God
bless you, my child.' Mamma, kiss me, and
say God bless you,' for papa."
Mamma's lip trembled, but she caught up
the little thing fondly, and uttered a heart-
felt prayer for a blessing on her child. Emily
was carried off saying, "Emmy will go now
and pray God to bless papa and mamma."
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Bt n! a ; nt uided!
could look to Him who is all in all, who can
GOD-N EIGHT TO E arILYf.
Mrs. Allen felt deeply thle child's simple
words. They had reminded her of her great
responsibility. She had now to do the
duties of father and mother too,-alone,
unaided She trembled at the thought.
But no! not alone; not unaided! Her
child had reminded her of that too. She
could look to Him who is all in all, who can
supply the place of all the earthly friiends
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he takes away. She felt she could lean upon
After Emily was gone, Charles said,
"Mamma, would God never have been our
Father if Jesus had not died for us ? "
God can be our Father and Friend only
through Jesus," replied mamma; but it
was because he loved us with a father's love
that he gave Jesus to die for us. Our sal-
vation is the fruit of his love."
Then we never need be afraid of him ?"
We may justly be afraid if we do not go
to him in his own appointed way," replied
mamma; "but if we plead before him the
merit of Christ, we may go with confidence."
"I want to love him as I love my father,"
"Ask him, for Christ's sake, to put that
love into your heart," said Mrs. Allen.
"You spoke of the spirit of adoption,-
what is the meaning of that, mamma ?."
The meaning is fully explained in the
chapter from which these words are taken;
read the verses, Harriet; Rom. viii. 14, 15."
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN. 17
Harriet read, For as many as are led by
the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bond-
age again to fear; but ye have received the
Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
You see, then," said Mrs. Allen, "the
character of the true children of God, those
who are 'led by the Spirit of God, those
who are delivered from the bondage of sin,
and in whose hearts the Spirit dwells. The
apostle has explained in the former part of
the chapter that, by nature, men hate God,
look upon him with dread, and try to banish
him from their thoughts,-' the carnal mind
is enmity against God;' but when the evil
heart is changed by divine grace, then 'the
love of God is shed abroad in their hearts
by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto
them' (Rom. v. 5); and they can then go to
God as children to a father."
"But is it not Christ who delivers us
from sin?" asked Harriet.
"All the three persons of the glorious
Trinity have condescended to unite in the
work of man's redemption. Our Lord Jesus
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Christ died on the cross to save us from the
power as well as from the punishment of
sin, but it is the Spirit who applies to us
the redemption which Christ has purchased.
It is the work of the Spirit to enlighten our
minds, to renew our wills, and both to per-
suade and enable us to receive Christ, and
all the blessings he freely offers to us, and
thus to become the adopted children of
God-'heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
"Oh, that these blessings were mine!"
"Then go to God with an honest, earnest
cry for mercy for the sake of Christ," said
Mrs. Allen. He has promised, that 'who-
soever cometh to him he will in no wise cast
out;' all are freely invited."
"Oh, how I wish to be in Christ," said
"Go to him, then, my love, and tell him
so. He will not cast you out."
"Christ my Saviour-God my Father-
what happiness! said Harriet.
"But, mamma," interrupted Charles, "God
cannot be to me all that my father is."
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN. 19
In what respect, love ? "
Why, you know, I walk with my father
and talk to him, and he teaches me so many
"Does not the Bible tell us of any one
walking with God ? "
"Yes, yes; Enoch but that was not the
walking I mean. Enoch did not see God
and talk with him."
"God is invisible," said Mrs. Allen; "but
he is as certainly near you now as ever your
father was; and when we walk by faith, we
see Him who is invisible.'"
"That is what I so often strive to do,"
said Harriet; "to feel that God is near me."
"But then talking, mamma," said Charles.
"Do God's people never speak to him ?"
"Oh yes, in prayer."
Surely. In prayer the children of God
pour out their very hearts to him; they hold
with him sweeter fellowship than the most
loving child ever held with its father."
"Ah, mamma, I did not think of that.
But it is only of great things that we speak
"Nothing is too small for God to notice;
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we may speak to him of everything that is
not sinful; he made and rules the insect as
well as the angel. But the things about
which God's children chiefly wish to speak
are those which he chiefly loves to hear."
"Yet, when we speak to God, he does
not speak to us."
"Has God not spoken to us ?"
"Ah, yes! in the Bible; but we do not
hear his voice as I hear my father's."
"My sheep hear my voice," Mrs. Alien
Charles was silent, and she proceeded:
"The Bible is more precious to the child of
God than even the voice of his earthly
father. It is his guide, his counsellor, his
comforter. An earthly parent's voice may
lead his children astray, but the voice of
their Father in heaven is safe and sure, in
wisdom as well as in love."
"And then," said Harriet, a tear trem-
bling in her eye, "our heavenly Father can
never be called away from us. When papa
is absent, we can still be with Him."
Besides," added their mother, "our hea-
venly Father has power to preserve and to
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bless his children in all circumstances; he is
Almighty as well as All-wise."
"Even papa himself must depend on
him," said Harriet.
"Yes, my love; we are all in his hand.
Let us live by faith on him," said Mrs. Allen.
Harriet clasped her hands, and said,
"Dear mamma, how I pity the soldiers'
families who have not learned to say, 'Our
Father in heaven.'"
Perhaps God may enable us to teach
some of them to look up to him, now that
their earthly parent is gone," said Mrs.Allen.
"Oh, how delightful that would be!"
responded her daughter.
Mrs. Allen had to conduct family worship
herself that evening. That was a severe
trial, it reminded her so forcibly that she
was now the only earthly head of the house;
but she was enabled to go through it with
tolerable calmness, and to enjoy some sweet
peace in committing her children and her
absent husband to the compassion and care
of him who said, I will be a Father unto
you, and ye shall be my sons and my
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The children learned that night the true
meaning of the words, "Our Father who
art in heaven,"-its full blessedness can be
known only in eternity.
Next morning Mrs. Allen had severe
headache, and Harriet carried her breakfast
into her bed-room. Harriet had toasted
her mamma's bread herself, a beautiful thin
slice, of a light brown, and very crisp; and
she was sadly disappointed to see it scarcely
tasted. She ran to bring some greengage
jelly, but even that did not tempt her
mamma to eat. Harriet thought that sor-
row had taken away her appetite, and to
comfort her she said, "Mamma, I had some
sweet thoughts this morning. I had been
dreaming terrible things about my father in
battle, and awoke in great distress, when I
seemed to hear the words, 'Our Father who
art in heaven.' Then I thought, if God be
our Father, may we not trust him ? I felt
sure, mamma, that God would do for my
dear papa and for all of us exactly what is
best. Then love to God came into my
heart, and I was very happy."
Yes, my love," replied Mrs. Allen, "it
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tion, with thanksgiving, let your requests
be made known unto God. And the peace
shall keepyour hearts and minds through
"Well, then, dear mamma, try to be
happy," said her daughter, kissing her.
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" God is papa's Father in heaven as well as
Mrs. Allen did not speak; she wept, but
her tears were not quite tears of sorrow;
there was comfort in them.
Mamma, dear mamma, I love God now,"
"And I submit to our Father's will,"
said Mrs. Allen.
The Spirit of adoption had produced love,
and submission, and trust. Mother and
daughter had learned to say, Our Father
who art in heaven."
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HALLOWED BE THY NAME."
-I HA ILE'I had been watching the
,_; 1-t 1;', some days. A strange
;,:li,.- alwayss passed over him as
"' t- l .in- approached when the well-
\' known ring might be expected; and
if there was no ring at all, or if another
letter were handed in, or a mere newspaper,
it was some time before his sadness passed
This morning he had been standing at the
door about twenty minutes, wondering why
all the clocks and watches were so slow, and
what could possibly have stopped the post-
man. At length the familiar figure turned
the corner of the street-he had four doors
to ring at. Charles could not bear the
suspense he darted off, caught the man as
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he was pulling the bell of No. 1, and the
beating of his heart would scarcely suffer him
Posty smiled, peeped into his bundle, and
drew forth--a foreign letter in papa's own
hand. With hop, step, and jump, Charlie
bounded back to his own door, nearly
knocked over Emily and the housemaid,
who stood in the lobby, and bounced into
his mamma's room with such energy as to
frighten her. He held up the letter above
his head, for he was quite out of breath;
the colour mounted into Mrs. Allen's cheeks,
and she thankfully took the letter, opened
it, and ascertained that all was well.
Charles, in his eagerness, asked question
after question, before his mother had time
to read half a page; Emily and Harriet
came in to hear the news.
Papa is well; he writes from Malta after
a good voyage," said Mrs. Allen. "And
now, children, you must go away till I read
my letter. I will tell you all about it at
"Any tisses for Emmy ? inquired the
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A LETTER FIROa PAPA.
"I will tell you at breakfast, darling,
and give you them then," said her mamma.
The children had been trained to instant
obedience; and although eager to hear all
the letter at once, they left the room, happy
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to know that papa had got safely to Malta.
"But papa has to sail a long way after that,"
"Not out of the sight of our Father who
is in heaven," replied Harriet.
"You always speak so hopefully. Are
you ever afraid ? Charles inquired.
Yes, I am," replied his sister; "but when
fear comes over my heart, I just go to my
"But God allows other people to die in
battle, and to be lost at sea. Do you think
nobody prayed for them ? "
"I think that when we trust in God he
will allow nothing to happen but what is
best for us."
The breakfast-bell rang : Come, we shall
hear all now," cried Charles, galloping to the
Mamma must have one cup of tea before
she reads aloud," said Harriet.
Have you had your porridge, Charlie ? "
Mrs. Allen inquired, after the blessing was
"Oh yes, mamma long ago; in time to
watch Master Posty."
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"Then, I suppose, you are not in particular
haste for your tea ?"
"Not a bit of haste, mamma."
Then read aloud this part of your papa's
letter," said Mrs. Allen.
Charles put on an air of great importance,
and read a nice account of the departure from
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CHARLES READING THE LETTER,
England, and of the voyage to Gibraltar,
where the vessel touched. "I sent a short
letter to you from Gibraltar," said papa,
"merely to tell you that we were well. We
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were received most cordially by the officers
of the -th, took in various articles which
we needed, and joined in a prayer-meeting
in the evening. It was very pleasant to
pray for all the dear ones at home; and I
hoped that at the same hour my children
were seeking the blessing of their Father in
heaven. I trust they remember my parting
words about Him."
"Now, Harriet," said Mrs. Allen, "do
you read the rest of the letter. Here is
your tea, Charlie."
0 mamma, I don't care a bit about
tea; but I can't get on with the writing as
fast as I wish. Please, Harriet, read
"As fast as I can," replied Harriet, who
then read the account of the voyage from
Gibraltar to Malta. There was a description
of this island, made famous by the shipwreck
of St. Paul, "but, alas!" Major Allen ob-
served, "some of the military who are here
at present seem to have very little acquaint-
ance with the writings of the apostle, or
with any other part of the sacred volume.
I am dreadfully shocked by the profanity
HALLOWED BE THY NAME. 31
which abounds. The first petition of the
Lord's Prayer seems unknown."
"Repeat the first petition, Charlie," said
"Hallowed be thy name," said Charlie
Charlie said mamma, those are
sacred words, never to be repeated but with
reverence. God's words must be hallowed
as well as his name. Restrain your eager-
ness, my dear boy, and try to profit as well
as to satisfy your curiosity.-Harriet, read
"I heard a private using shocking lan-
guage, which I cannot write; the meaning
was, a wish that God would send him to
everlasting destruction. I stopped, and
looking at him, asked: 'Is that a sincere
prayer, my friend? Do you wish God to do
what you have asked him to do?' He
seemed confused, and did not reply. Perhaps
this simple word may be blessed. It is most
painful for one who loves and reverences our
Father in heaven to hear the disrespect with
which his name is treated. Men would not
treat their earthly parents so. I wonder if
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any of them believe that God hears when
they call upon him !
Yesterday there was a popish procession.
An image of the Madonna was carried about,
and when it approached, heads were un-
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A POPISH PROCESSION.
covered, and people fell on their knees. To
think that they would thus reverence a piece
of wretched sculpture, and offer every in-
dignity to the name of God And yet these
people call themselves Christians! Ah,
Christ did not so speak of his Father. The
Roman Catholics patter over the Lord's
HALLOWED BE THY NAME. 33
Prayer several times a-day, and yet they
seem never to have thought of the first
petition. Their prayers are a mere form. I
wish there were no Protestants like them;
but Protestant soldiers are quite as bad as
Roman Catholics, and similar profanity
shocks us continually in our own city, though
not to so great an extent. I wish my chil-
dren to learn the full meaning of the peti-
tion: 'Hallowed be thy name.' "
We need not repeat the rest of the letter.
Major Allen was to sail for the Crimea on
the following day. He meant to distribute
a number of tracts, "the Swearer's Prayer,"
among them, and some New Testaments,
with which he had been entrusted by Colonel
A- before he left the island.
By-and-by Captain Hardy called, and
kindly inquired after the major. He re-
marked, "It is well my friend was not
shipwrecked on the island like St. Paul.
Clever fellows, those old Jews and
Romans, to get to shore, as they all
did, on boards and broken pieces of the
Mrs. Allen looked grave, and inquired:
34 HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
"Have you read Mr. Smith's book on the
shipwreck, Captain Hardy ?"
"No, I have not," was the reply.
It is very remarkable. All the details
given in the inspired narrative agree so
exactly with present reality. Bays, rocks,
currents, prevailing winds, &c., are given
with the minuteness of a scientific de-
Ah, indeed said the captain carelessly.
When their visitor was gone, Charles
remarked, "I think the captain forgot the
first petition in talking about St. Paul."
"I think so," replied Mrs. Allen; "pro-
bably he had never thought about the matter.
Charlie, answer the question: 'What do we
ask for in the first petition "
Charlie replied : "' In the first petition,
which is "Hallowed be thy name," we ask
that God would enable us and others to
glorify him in all that whereby he maketh
So you see that the Name of God has a
wider meaning than the mere word which
expresses it. Now tell me what is required
in the third commandment."
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"' The third commandment requireth the
holy and reverent use of all God's names,
titles, attributes, ordinances, word, and
So that when we quote the word of God
lightly and irreverently, we break the third
commandment and take the name of God in
"Mamma," said Harriet, "I think even
good people often quote Scripture irreve-
rently. Mr. B- who is such an excellent
man, frequently makes a joke in the words
of the Bible."
I have often greatly regretted it," said
Mrs. Allen. "Those who believe that the
Bible is the very word of God, all dictated
by his Spirit, ought to take care how they
It is a very terrible threat," said Harriet:
'The Lord will not hold him guiltless that
taketh his name in vain.'"
"Very terrible, my love; and it is said:
'Thou hast exalted thy word above all thy
name;' therefore, to take his word in vain
is equally offensive with so treating his
36 HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
"I think," said Harriet, "those who love
God must hallow his name."
"They must. You would be grieved to
hear your father spoken of with disrespect,
and you could never so speak of him your-
If any one were to speak to the Queen
as those people speak to God, what would
she think, mamma ? "
"Ah, my dear child, the King of kings
and Lord of lords is spoken of and spoken to
as no earthly sovereign would endure."
Is it because people do not see God,
mamma ? inquired Charlie.
"I suppose so; and therefore they scarcely
believe his existence. Those who know and
feel God's presence, reverence his name and
"But I would not mock my father when
absent any more than in his presence," said
That is because you really love and reve-
rence your father. Your affection for him is
natural. But since the fall we have no
natural veneration or love for God in our
sinful hearts. We need first to get the new
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heart, to be born of God, then we shall hallow
our Father's name."
"And then we shall love his word,
mamma, and be unable to treat it lightly."
"I am sorry to say, my love, that many
who seem to be really the children of God,
do use very lightly the words of God."
How can it be, mamma? "
"We are so fallen by sin," replied Mrs.
Allen, "that even after our hearts are re-
newed-after we are born again-our eyes
are not opened fully at once; it is only by
little and little that we are taught what God
requires of us. Those good men have not
yet learned to feel for God's word the same
trembling veneration which they feel for his
"The words of Scripture often come so
readily," said Harriet, "that it is difficult to
help using them when we ought not."
"Let us beseech our Father, then, to enable
us to set a watch upon the door of our lips,
for you know St. James tells us how difficult
it is to bridle the tongue."
"And let us remember," continued Mrs.
Allen, "to behave reverentially wherever
38 HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
God's name is named, and his word heard.
Carelessness and levity in church are incon-
sistent with hallowing our Father's name.
You know the wise man says, 'Keep thy foot
when thou goest to the house of God, and
be more ready to hear, than to give the sacri-
fice of fools.' God has promised, that where
two or three are met together to worship
him, he will be in the midst of them; but
the fool, who has said in his heart, 'There is
no God,' tries to forget this, and to banish
the remembrance of God. Fools sacrifice to
custom, to form, to respectability, not to
God. If we would be wise, we must pray
to God to help us to realize his presence,-
that is, to feel that he is really and truly
present, though we do not see him; that he
is seeing and hearing not only all that we do
and say, but even all that we think."
"Mamma," said Charles, I will try never
to play or sleep in church again. Before I
go, I will say, 'Hallowed be thy name.'"
.* -.- ..' -
THY KINGDOM COME."
" iT'-AMMA," said Charles, "when
"Christ's kingdom comes, will
S there be no more war ?"
S "No more war, my love!
-. '! Men shall beat their swords into
"ploughshares and their spears into
pruning-hooks. There shall be nothing to
hurt nor to destroy in all God's holy moun-
"Oh, I wish the time would come: is
not it very, very long? cried the little boy.
It will come. Let us pray and labour
for its coming."
"Labour, mamma ?"
"Yes; let us labour for the spread of the
"Is it that which will bring the kingdom ?"
40 THY KINGDOM COME.
Yes; when the knowledge of the Lord
shall cover the earth as the waters cover the
sea, then the world shall be obedient to
"Then I am afraid it will not be soon,
there is so much to do yet," said Harriet.
There is much to do; and yet it mzay be
suon," replied mamma. The Word of God
has been wonderfully spread among the
nations. If he were to pour out his Spirit,
even now they might be seen flocking to
the feet of Jesus, to learn and to obey."
But if it should be long, mamma ?-these
terrible wars said Harriet, unable to finish
"These terrible wars may be among the
means by which God will spread the know-
ledge of his truth. We see in history, that
he has constantly overruled war for extend-
ing his gospel."
Yes, loads of Bibles and Testaments, and
books and tracts, have been sent out with
our soldiers," said Harriet. We will pray,
'Thy kindom come.'"
"War is God's judgment for sin," said
Mrs. Allen; "but his judgments are always
THY KINGDOM COME. 41
mingled with mercy; and the rainbow will
be seen by-and-by in this dark cloud. He
will promote his kingdom by these commo-
It was the hour for the evening post. The
door-bell rang; the children now always flew
to the lobby at this summons.
THEI EVENING POST.
Hurrah hurrah !-from the Crimea !"
cried Charlie, who had snatched the letter,
and now bore it triumphantly to his mamma.
"Well, mamma, all well ?"
42 THY KINGDOM COME.
"All well," replied Mrs. Allen, as she
glanced over it; "and now be quiet until I
Charlie did not speak again, but he
thought mamma the slowest reader in the
world; and he pulled to pieces all the bits
of paper he could find, twitched a button
off his surtout, kicked about his slippers,
and was almost in a fever of fidgets before
she was done.
At length mamma said, "There has been
much privation-much suffering; but God
has preserved your father; let us be very
thankful. He is greatly grieved by the suf-
fering of the men ; but cheered by the anxiety
displayed by many for religious instruction,
and by the thankfulness with which Bibles
and good books are received. While some
of the officers strive to heighten their spirits
by steeple-chases and folly, others meet for
prayer and reading; and very pleasant it is,
in that foreign land, and with death all
around them, to go to their Father's throne,
and seek his protection and blessing. While
the battle of the Alma was being fought,
Christians in Constantinople were praying
THY KINGDOM COME. 43
for the troops. This was a curious coinci-
dence, one very strengthening to faith.
Your father says, I was taking a solitary
stroll one evening, when I heard voices issu-
ing from the brushwood near me; a piece of
rock concealed the speakers. I stopped to
-.-. ,--. --..-.--_ = -- _
listen, and as I listened I wept. A few
soldiers were holding a prayer-meeting; one
was offering up fervent supplications for
44 THY KINGDOM COME.
divine strength to enable them to bear their
privations without murmuring, and to glorify
God in the midst of them, by spreading the
knowledge of his name among those who knew
him not. He prayed forthe officers command-
ing-for their country-for their Queen; and,
with quivering voice, he besought blessings
upon those whom they had left behind--their
dear ones and their homes. He prayed, too,
for their enemies-for the poor Russians, who
know not the way of salvation, but trust in
saints and images; and then he prayed that
the kingdom of Christ might come, and his
name be known among all nations; that
righteousness and peace might reign on the
earth; and that all who were kneeling there
might be members of the spiritual kingdom,
and heirs of everlasting life, so that, if they
should fall in battle, it might be only to go
and be for ever with the Lord.
"' The verse was then read, Being justi-
fied by faith, we have peace with God." "I
think," said the reader, "this is a wonderful
thing,-peace with the sound of battle about
us; but so it is; peace is in our hearts; we
are at peace with God through Jesus Christ,
THY KINGDOM COME. 45
and at peace with respect to the future, for
whether we live, we live to him, and if we
die, we die in the Lord. Oh, that all our
brethren in arms possessed this peace!"
"'I am quite sure,' continued Major
Allen, 'that this war will be the means of
greatly increasing true religion. There is
great thoughtfulness and desire of religious
knowledge among many who were formerly
quite careless; and the Scriptures, in vari-
ous languages, are thankfully received by
Turks, Russians, Tartars, Arabs, French,
&c. Peace will grow out of this war;
Christ's kingdom of peace will be advanced
by it. Let my children pray, "Thy king-
dom come." A blessed kingdom it will be.
"'And let them remember that our Saviour
said, "The kingdom of God is within you."
It comes in the heart, and every soul that
is converted to Christ is an increase of his
kingdom. St. James says that wars and
fighting come of the lusts that war in the
members; so that it is just by the purifying
of men's hearts from evil passions that those
dreadful things will be done away. I hope
that each of my dear ones at home may be
46 THY KINGDOM COME.
a subject of the blessed and holy kingdom;
obeying God, loving and serving him, and
delighting to promote his glory.'"
There was a bit of the letter which Mrs.
Allen could not read aloud; so she gave it
to Harriet and Charles to read by them-
selves; it was as follows:-
HARRIET AND CHARLES READING THE LETTER.
"And now, my own dear wife, although I
trust that your prayers for me will be heard,
yet, if I fall in battle or by disease, do not
be unreasonably cast down. I am the soldier
THY KINGDOM COME. 47
not merely of an earthly sovereign, but of
the King of kings; my life, my all is his-
at his own good and wise disposal. He will
be with me to the last. I have no fear, for
Christ has died for me, and I shall live
through him and with him for ever. All
my confidence is in his finished work, so that
in life or in death I am safe. Bring up our
children as subjects of his kingdom; and fear
not for the things that are coming upon the
earth; for though nation rise up against
nation, and there be wars and rumours of
wars, and famines, and pestilences, and
earthquakes in divers places, yet his king-
dom shall come; the earth shall be filled
with his glory-all flesh shall see his great
salvation. Let these things comfort your
heart, as they comfort mine, and pray, pray
continually, 'Thy kingdom come.'"
There was little more talking that evening;
all were silent and thoughtful; and they did
pray very fervently the prayer which Jesus
dictated, and of which their father reminded
Next evening, as they sat around the table,
with the gaslight streaming cheerfully down
48 THY KINGDOM COME.
upon books and work, and the fire stirred up
and blazing, Harriet sighed and said, "0
mamma, how I wish that dear papa had
some of these comforts. Perhaps he is cold
and hungry." And the little girl laid her
head upon her mother's lap and wept.
Mrs. Allen's lip quivered, and tears
streamed down her face; but she said, "Our
Father in heaven is taking care of him, my
child; all we can do is to pray for him.
He will be comforted when he gets the nice
things we have sent to him."
"Oh, that the kingdom were come !" ex-
Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly," added
Let us talk about the kingdom, mamma,"
said Harriet, drying her tears.
Shall we read about it?" inquired
Oh yes, do."
Mrs. Allen then turned to the fifty-second
chapter of Isaiah, and read, Awake, awake;
put on thy strength, 0 Zion; put on thy
beautiful garments, 0 Jerusalem, the holy
city: for henceforth there shall no more
THY KINGDOM COME. 49
come unto thee the uncircumcised and the
unclean." "Thus," she said, "you see that
the great mark of the city is holiness; we
must be made holy if we would be subjects
of Christ's kingdom. Now, in the last verse
of the fifty-third chapter, we see the reason
why the kingdom is to be given to Christ.
'Therefore will I divide him a portion with
the great, and he shall divide the spoil with
the strong; because he hath poured out his
soul unto death: and he was numbered with
the transgressors; and he bare the sin of
many, and made intercession for the trans-
gressors.' So that the kingdom is given to
Christ because he died for his subjects. He
has purchased them to be his own. The
kingdom is the reward of his sufferings and
"Then we have in the same prophet,
Isaiah, most beautiful descriptions of the
kingdom. 'The wilderness and the solitary
place shall be glad, and the desert shall re-
joice and blossom as the rose. It shall
blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with
joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall
be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel
50 THY KINGDOM COME.
and Sharon; they shall see the glory of the
Lord, and the excellency of our God......
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped:
then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and
the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the
wilderness shall waters break out, and
streams in the desert......An highway shall
be there, and a way, and it shall be called
The way of holiness; the unclean shall not
pass over it; but it shall be for those; the
wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err
therein. No lion shall be there, nor any
ravenous beast shall go up thereon; but the
redeemed shall walk there. And the ran-
somed of the Lord shall return, and come to
Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon
their heads: they shall obtain joy and glad-
ness; and sorrow and sighing shall flee
Dear mamma," exclaimed Harriet, who
would not pray, 'Thy kingdom come ?'"
Mrs. Allen continued: In that blessed
kingdom Christ shall be universally obeyed
as Lord; it is obedience to his laws which
shall render it so happy. Behold, a King
THY KINGDOM COME. 51
shall reign in ji. ., ,. ..' The reason of
this obedience is that the Holy Spirit shall
be poured out abundantly. 'Until the
Spirit be poured out from on high, then
judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and
righteousness remain in the fruitful field;
and the work of righteousness shall be
peace, and the effect of righteousness quiet-
ness and assurance for ever. And my
people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation,
and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting-
I wish we knew when it would come,"
Computations from prophecy, as well as
the signs of the times, indicate that it is
drawing near," replied Mrs. Allen. But
we cannot tell what commotions may usher
in the peace of those holy days. We cannot
absolutely fix the dates, because we do not
certainly know from what period to reckon.
But let us be ready; let us take refuge in
Christ, and then we shall be safe in the
storm, and shall rejoice, if we be spared to
see the calm."
"Please, mamma," said Harriet, "repeat
52 THY KINGDOM COME.
that verse you are so fond of about the
Come, my people, enter into thy cham-
bers, and shut thy doors about thee for a
little season until the indignation be over-
past. For behold the Lord cometh out of
his place to punish the inhabitants of the
earth for their iniquity.' There is exquisite
tenderness in this invitation," said Mrs.
What is meant by entering into their
chambers, mamma ? "
I think entering into their chambers and
shutting their doors means separation from
the world, its follies and vanities, to hold
communion with Christ in the ways which
he has appointed," said Mrs. Allen. There
are many chambers where he meets his
people. In the Song of Solomon, first
chapter and fourth verse, where it is said,
'the King hath brought me into his cham-
bers,' it evidently refers to holding com-
munion with Christ in his public ordinances;
and when we enter into our closets, and shut
the door, we hold communion with Christ in
private prayer. In his Word, too, we find
THY KINGDOM COME. 53
Christ; and entering into the secret cham-
bers of our own hearts, and shutting out
the world, we may find peace and joy in
communion with God. Christ is our refuge,
our hiding-place; in him we have light in
the midst of darkness; and united to him,
trusting in his promises, we have peace and
safety even in the midst of the storm."
I think," said Charlie, Christ is every-
Everything to those who believe in him,
my boy. We can be safe and happy no-
where else than in him."
I know the meaning now of 'Thy king-
dom come,'" said Charles.
And yet, Charles, we shall never know
it fully until we get to the kingdom of
That will be better still than the king-
dom on earth," said Harriet.
"And all God's people are sure of see-
ing that, even though they should die
before the earth shall be filled with his
"THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS DONE IN
:' S not the will of God always done,
!amma ? Harriet inquired. "For
'-..it is said, 'He doeth according to
lIhis will in the armies of heaven, and
among the inhabitants of the earth.'"
"Nothing can happen contrary to the will
of God," Mrs. Allen replied.
"And yet, mamma, we are directed to
pray that it may be done on earth as it is
done in heaven; does not that imply that
God's will is not done on earth ? "
"God rules and over-rules all things that
are done on earth, and yet his will is not
done here as it is done in heaven."
How, mamma ? "
"When wicked men put the Lord Jesus
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, ETC. 55
Christ to death, they were accomplishing
the will of God, which was that he should
die; but they did not do that will as it
is done in heaven by bright and holy
I see it now, mamma. In heaven all
things are done from love to God, and in
obedience to him; on earth, wicked men do
not think of his will in anything."
"Right, my love. They are constantly
fighting against him, and trying to oppose
his will ; and it is only because he is wiser
and stronger than they, that he makes their
very rebellion subserve his purposes."
"Then that petition is just a prayer that
all men may do God's will willingly-is it "
It is; and when that is accomplished,
the earth will be as happy as heaven."
"Because people will be pleased with the
will of God, I suppose."
"Yes; and when there is no rebellion,
there will be no punishment. Sorrow is the
fruit of sin; sin is just rebellion against the
will of God; now, when all men do the will
of God cheerfully, lovingly, God will smile
56 THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH,
Ah !" said Harriet, war is the fruit of
ambition, and covetousness, and hatred."
"True, dear; therefore, when men do
the will of God by restraining those evil
passions, he will make wars to cease from
the ends of the earth."
"Then I think the Bible Society is the
true Peace Society," said Harriet.
It is indeed. Peace which does not
flow from holiness, produces evils as great
as war does."
"What evils come from peace, mamma ?
Indolence, sordid money-getting, luxury,
self-indulgence, contempt of the poor. There
are many vices which war cures, as a surgeon
cures by cutting."
"Then it is the will of God that there
should be war, mamma ?"
War is God's scourge, his terrible judg-
ment upon sinful nations. It is their pun-
ishment brought out of their sins. If they
will sin, he wills that their sins shall bring
misery-the pain before the cure."
"And he has other punishments, has he
not ? "
"Yes; pestilence and famine. His holy
AS IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN. 57
and righteous will is done when these three
great plagues come upon a guilty world; it
is done in spite of the world's will; but not
so is it done in heaven."
I wonder, mamma, that people do not
see that the way to be happy is to do God's
"Satan blinds them; they love sin, and
refuse to see that it is the cause of misery.
It is only the renewed heart that can choose
to walk in the way of God's commandments."
Do you think that people whose hearts
are renewed, are happier in this world than
sinners ? Harriet inquired.
I have no doubt of it. People are
happy just in proportion as they are holy."
"And yet God's people sometimes seem
to have more trials than others."
"Trials are often the greatest blessings;
suffering people are often the happiest
people," said Mrs. Allen.
"Oh yes, mamma. I don't know any-
body happier than old Rachel, and yet she
is so poor and infirm, and suffers so much
pain. But whenever I see her, she is talk-
ing about the goodness of God."
58 THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH,
"Her will has been brought to agree
with God's will, and therefore she is so
contented and happy. When she is in
pain, he supports and comforts her; and she
rejoices in prospect of the land where there
is no sorrow."
"I think we cannot judge of happiness
from the outward appearance," said Harriet.
Indeed we cannot," said her mamma.
"pFew people have more outward means of
happiness than Mr. Williamson."
"And yet, O mamma, how miserable he
AS IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN. 59
is-fretting, and scolding, and repining;
something always appears to go wrong with
He is not content with God's will, my
love; he is always wanting something which
God has not seen fit to give."
"And yet, his beautiful house and grounds,
and hot-houses, and carriages, and horses. I
think he has everything but a contented
Whether would you rather be poor old
Rachel or he ? "
Oh, the happy old creature! I had
rather be she a hundred times over."
I was greatly pleased, the other day,
with the story of old Betty," said Mrs.
Allen. She was bedridden and asthmatic,
but happy; she remarked: 'When I was
well, I used to hear God saying, "Betty,
do this," or, "Betty, do that," and I went
and did it as well as I could; now I hear
him say, Betty, lie still and cough ;" and
I just do that too.'"
"Old Betty was doing God's will," said
She was doing it on earth then, and was
60 THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH,
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preparing to do it in heaven for ever," replied
Charlie had been listening attentively to
this conversation; he now remarked, I do
not think we can always know what God's
will is, mamma."
God has given us a perfect rule of
duty," replied Mrs. Allen. When we are
doubtful what our conduct ought to be, I
think you know whither we ought to go for
"To the Bible, mamma, of course; that
AS IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN. (il
is, about great things; but it surely does
not tell us the will of God about little things.
I wanted to walk in the town instead of
the country this morning,-I think I could
not have found in the Bible which I ought
"I am quite sure you could have done
"Could have found in the Bible where
my morning walk should be ? oh, mamma "
"Yes, my boy; where did your mother
desire you to walk ? "
In the country."
"Then the Bible says, 'Children, obey
your parents.' Now, although it says
nothing about walking in the country, yet
it tells you to do what your mother desires,
and she desired you to take a country
I did not think of that sort of way of
finding out, mamma."
So divine is the wisdom which shines in
the Bible, that by careful and prayerful
study we may find in it direction as to every
step of life. It is truly a lamp unto our
path," said Mrs. Allen.
62 THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH,
"How is it," Harriet inquired, "that
people sometimes go wrong, and yet think
that they are following the directions of the
Bible ? "
"Our understandings being blinded by
sin," Mrs. Allen replied, "we need the
Holy Spirit to open our eyes, that we may
see wondrous things out of God's law; we
need also to study it carefully, not taking a
single text separate from all the rest, but
considering it in the light of the general
meaning of the whole inspired volume."
"Ah, but it requires a long time and a
wise head to do that," sighed Harriet.
"No, my love; the great precepts which
relate to our duty to God and our neighbour
are so plain, the path is so distinct, that the
wayfaring man, though a fool, shall not err
therein, if he lay aside self-conceit and self-
reliance, and seek the teaching of the Holy
Spirit. Those who truly desire to know
and to do the will of God, will not be left
in ignorance of that will."
I am afraid that people sometimes know
the will of God when they do not like to do
it," said Harriet.
AS IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN. 63
"The carnal mind is enmity against God;
it is not subject to the law of God, neither
indeed can be," Mrs. Allen replied. "We
need the Holy Spirit to make us willing to
do God's will, as well as able to see what
that will is."
Charles had been looking grave; he said,
"Mamma, when I won cousin James's two
great marbles that he was so fond of, and
saw him sorry, I ought to have given them
back. The Bible does not say anything
about marbles, but it says, 'Be kindly affec-
tioned one to another with brotherly love,
in honour preferring one another.' I will go
and give him them back to-morrow."
"Do so, my dear boy," replied Mrs.
Allen; "and do not again play at marbles
to win them. Play for amusement, if you
like, but not for gain."
"Really, mamma, how strange; to think
of even playing according to God's will!"
"Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever
ye do, do all to the glory of God," Mrs.
Allen replied. The healthful plays of chil-
dren would be far happier if they remem-
64 THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH,
bered God's will and God's law in all of
"Ah, there would be no quarrels then,"
"No one sorrowful for losing his marbles,
nor another vain of having gained them,"
said Mrs. Allen, smiling.
"May I go to-night and give them back?"
No ; it is too late to-night," replied Mrs.
When Charles arose in the morning, he
opened his box to look at the two great
marbles. They were very fine ones to a
little boy's eye. "I won them in fair
play," he said. "I did not cheat one bit.
James has no right to expect them back.
I'll just keep them, I think."
Charles said his prayers-he always
finished with the Lord's Prayer. When he
said "Thy will be done" a qualm came
over his heart, for he thought of the
marbles, and his clever excuses for keeping
them vanished. The little boy was in
trouble; at last he prayed, "Show me thy
will, O Lord, and make me willing to do it."
AS IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN. 65
He opened his Bible to read his chapter;
the first words he saw were, "Take heed
and beware of covetousness." "I am afraid
I am covetous, and not kindly affectioned,"
he said. Lord, take away my wicked heart
-thy will be done."
Charles returned the marbles to his
cousin that morning. James was surprised
and happy, and Charles felt merry and
light-hearted all day. The cousins resolved
never to play at marbles again, except for
"What a happy place heaven must be,
where God's will is always done," said
Charles. "It has made me so happy to do
it in one little thing! "
Dear boy, he had soon to learn to bear
God's will, as well as to do it.
There had been a letter from Major Allen
so lately, that another was not expected at
present, and consequently the postman was
not watched as he was when news was
looked for. The major had won honour,
and escaped scatheless at the battle of the
Alma, and hitherto he had been unhurt
before Sebastopol. The postman rang, and
66 THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH,
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RETUi:NING THE M IXULEL.
Harriet, looking down-stairs, saw Mary
coming up with a black-edged letter on a
little silver tray. Her heart beat very
quickly, and with a strange feeling she
followed the girl into her mamma's room.
As Mrs. Allen took the letter, she became
deadly pale; trembling violently, she tore
it open; a minute afterwards she had
fainted. Harriet screamed, and sprang to
where her mother had fallen; her scream
brought back the servant, and others were
AS IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN. 67
quickly called. As the women were lifting
Mrs. Allen into bed, the little girl, dis-
tracted between fear for her mother, and
dread of the news which had so affected her,
picked up the open letter, and saw that it
: : t "
contained the intelligence of her father's
death. She threw herself upon the bed,
and burst into a paroxysm of sobbing and
tears. Mrs. Allen had by this time re-
covered consciousness; she lifted up her
eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, thy will
Mamma, dear mamma !" sobbed Harriet
-it was all that she could say. Mrs. Allen
drew her daughter towards her, and the child
wept upon her mother's breast.
OC THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH,
I need not tell how the younger children
were informed, nor what bitter grief was in
the house that day. Their dear minister
called to console and to pray with them.
"The will of the Lord be done." Good is
the will of the Lord," were Mrs. Allen's
frequent expressions; she never once mur-
mured at that holy will, but lay like a
stricken deer, with bleeding submissive heart.
"Emmy not ask for pa's big tisses to
night," said the weeping little girl, as nurse
carried her to her mother at bed-time.
Mamma's kisses were mingled with tears,
but Emmy, patting her mother's cheek,
whispered, "Don't c'y, mamma! Pa gone
to heaven-mamma and Emmy go too some
The bitterness of childish grief soon passes
away, and in a few days mamma was able
to talk with the children about their loss
I think," said Harriet, "papa had an idea
that he would die, he was so careful to tell
us about our Father in heaven, and to teach
us to trust in him. He will be our Father,
dear mamma; I am quite sure of that."
AS IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN. 69
"I wish, though," said Charles, his lip
quivering, I wish I had had both."
We must not wish what God has denied,"
said Mrs. Allen. "He is trying whether
we will say, 'Thy will be done.'"
"In heaven," said Harriet, "they will
never need to say 'Thy will be done,' in the
same manner as we have to say it now."
"No," replied her mamma; "there is no
suffering of God's will there, only doing it
with joy for ever, because the people who
dwell there have no sin."
"Is there nothing but singing praise in
heaven? Harriet inquired.
"Praise is constantly in the heart, and
often on the lips of those in heaven, my love;
and they sing many a song of praise to their
golden harps; but I have no doubt that
they do the will of God in many a glorious
errand. Perhaps the spirits of those we love
are sent, like the angels, awayto other worlds,
where they see God's wonders as they never
saw them before; perhaps they come down
here sometimes to whisper sweet thoughts,
and do kind offices to those who cannot see
70 THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, ETC.
"After all," said Harriet, "I do not so
much wonder at poor blind papists praying
to the dead."
"There is great folly as well as sin in it,"
replied Mrs. Allen; "for even if we kcnew,
which we do not, that they sometimes visit
us, how could we know them to be present
just when we were praying,-and if not
present, how could they hear us ? Besides,
it is idolatry to pray to any creature, even
though we saw him present."
"I think," said Harriet, "earth will be
very like heaven when the prayer is answered,
'Thy will be done on earth, as it is done in
"Every one who learns to do and to bear
God's will now is helping to bring about
that time," replied Mrs. Allen.
Even we, mamma ?" Harriet inquired.
"Yes, my love; even when a child learns
to love God and to obey him, that is part of
the answer to the prayer, which shall one
day be answered perfectly and gloriously,
' Thy will be done on earth, as it is done in
"GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD."
WI. \V NG to several circumstances, which
: 1. we need not mention, the death of
Major Allen had left his family in
comparative poverty. Mrs. Allen
thought it right to inform her eldest
daughter of this, that her mind might be
accommodated to her prospects.
"We must take a small house," said Mrs.
Allen, "and practise economy in all things.
I care little for worldly matters, now that
your dear father cannot share them; but I
grieve to think of my children being reduced."
"Don't grieve, dear mamma," replied
Harriet; "our Father in heaven will give
us all things that are really good for us. I
am quite sure of that. We must now pray,
'Give us this day our daily bread.' "
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We must, my love; and remember that
daily bread includes other things than food."
What things, mamma-clothing ?"
"Yes, and more also; but I will explain
it to you when Charles is here."
Harriet looked at her mother's pale, sad
countenance, and thought, with a sigh, "Ah,
dear mamma wants other things than food
and raiment-she wants consolation." Then
she remembered those beautiful words, Thy
maker is thy husband; the Lord of Hosts is
his name." And she went to her mother's
dressing-room, opened the Bible at the place
where it is so written, and laid it on the
toilet. "Mamma will see this when she
comes to dress," she said to herself, "and it
will comfort her." Thus God was sending,
through the child, heavenly food to her
mother; for it is written, "Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth from the mouth of God."
An excellent, but very poor widow, named
Renton, had been employed by Mrs. Allen
to do some knitting. She had carried it
home during the time of deep sorrow, when
the servants would not disturb their mistress,
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and consequently she was not paid. This
morning the nurse was directed to take the
money to her house; and Mrs. Allen told
Harriet that she might go with Mary. The
good woman was much affected when she saw
the child in her deep mourning.
-- X. V .'
AT WIDOW RENTON'8.
It is a great sorrow that the Lord hath
sent," she said; "but he is faithful to his
promise, 'A father of the fatherless, and a
judge of the widow, is he in his holy habita-
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Harriet turned away her head to hide the
tears which were rolling down her cheeks,
and the old woman proceeded: "Seek him
as your Father, my dear-your Father in
heaven; give him your heart, and he will
give you all good things. I can testify that
'they who seek the Lord shall not want any
Harriet glanced round upon the small,
nearly empty room, and she thought that
some people would say the old woman wanted
every good thing. It was a cold winter day,
and there was nothing in the grate but a few
smouldering ashes; a little deal table, two
old chairs, a wooden chest, and a very poor-
looking bed in a recess, were all the furni-
ture. Yet all was clean, and the Bible was
open upon the table, which was drawn close
to the fireplace; and there was not that
miserable appearance which some poor dwell-
ings have with twice as much to make them
The nurse gave Widow Renton the money
for her knitting, saying that Mrs. Allen
greatly regretted that in the time of her
severe trouble it had been neglected.
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"It is not long, it is not long," said the
old woman. A thousand thanks for it now.
I knew the Lord would provide; the daily
bread has never failed "
This was said with so much fervour that
the nurse looked as if she expected some
I had nothing in the house this morning,"
Mrs. Renton said; "no food, no more coal
than you see, and no money to buy them
with. But I prayed to the Lord for my
daily bread, and I knew that he would send
it; for he said, 'Bread shall be given thee,
thy water shall be sure.' It has often been
so with me."
I think you are contented with very
little," said the nurse.
"I know I deserve nothing," replied the
widow, "therefore I am both contented and
thankful for whatever my Father sends me."
"Had you enough yesterday ?" the nurse
"Yes; I had a penny," was the reply.
"A penny enough "
Yes; I had four meals out of it."
"How did you make them ?"
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"I bought four farthing biscuits. I took
one for my breakfast, one for my dinner, one
for my tea, and one for my supper; and with
all my heart I gave thanks for them. I
trusted to have at least another penny to-
day, and God has given me provision for a
long time to come. I have never wanted
my daily bread."
"Have you never been afraid of wanting
it? asked the nurse.
"Sometimes," she replied, "my faith has
nearly failed; but what I have received in
answer to earnest supplication and tears has
been doubly sweet. HIe needs to keep alive
our faith, as well as to send us our food."
Harriet related all this when she went
home. Charles was present; and Mrs. Allen
said, "You see that God hears his people
when they pray, 'Give us this day our daily
I think it is only poor people who need
to pray that constantly. We have food in
the house for more days than one, or money
to buy it," Charles observed.
"We have no certainty of keeping what
we have," replied Mrs. Allen. If God
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pleased, thieves might carry away all our
property; or fire might burn it; or an earth-
quake swallow it; or we might be, like some
of the rich people in the Crimea, obliged to
flee away and leave it."
Oh yes, mamma," said Harriet; beauti-
ful houses were left there, with all the furni-
ture and food; and their owners fled; per-
haps some of them might die of hunger and
"It is only through God's protection that
we have not been called to suffer in this
manner," said Mrs. Allen.
"Well, mamma," said Charles; "I used
to say those words just because they were
hi the prayer; now I know that I need to
ask my daily bread."
Indeed you do," replied Mrs. Allen;
"just as truly as Widow Renton does. We
may be as poor as she to-morrow."
I never thought of such a thing before,"
said both the children at once.
And yet, if any one had asked you who
gave you your food and raiment, and all your
blessings, you would have replied, God.' I
am afraid you just counted them your own."
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Indeed, mamma, I am afraid so."
Do so no more, my children. Remember
that God only can give them-that you have
no right to them, but depend entirely upon
him, as surely as the poorest beggar."
"How is it that most people need to work
in order to get their daily bread, if God gives
it ?" Charles inquired.
"Because that is the way in which God
chooses to bestow it," replied his mother.
" He said at the fall, In the sweat of thy
brow shalt thou eat bread;' and still he says,
'If any man will not work, neither shall he
eat.' The slothful, who will not work, have
no right to ask for their daily bread. If we
do not obey God's command, we have no
right to expect God's promise."
But the rich, mamma ? "
When God has placed a man in a station
where he is not required to work, that alters
the case. But even he needs to offer that
prayer, as we saw before. Continuance of
riches, or a blessing upon industry, is equally
There was a house at Eupatoria, I think,
mamma, where the French found the inhabi-
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tants had fled, and wine and cake, and fruit,
and all manner of fine things set upon the
table," said Charles. I daresay the owners
were very rich in the morning and very poor
"Poor people!" said Harriet; "how
frightened they would be when they saw
the ships of war coming, and the soldiers
landing. Perhaps next day they would have
to seek their daily bread."
"Thus, you see," said Mrs. Allen, "we
need always to ask it from God, for we have
no security for it otherwise."
But you promised to tell us about the
other meaning of daily bread," said Harriet.
"What was the reply," Mrs. Allen in-
quired, "that our Saviour gave the tempter
when he was desired to turn the stones into
Harriet replied, "Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word which pro-
ceedeth out of the mouth of God."
And does not Christ call himself bread ?"
"Yes; the bread of God which came
down from heaven."
"Thus, you see, we need spiritual food as
0S GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.
well as temporal. Our souls would starve
Indeed they would, mamma; I never
thought of that in the Lord's Prayer," said
"And yet it is more important than the
bread that perisheth. The rich man in the
parable had the one, Lazarus had the other."
"Poor Lazarus had only crumbs," said
And yet the crumbs were enough for the
body; but the rich man had nothing for the
I think," said Harriet, "it is the bread
of the soul we should pray for most ear-
"It is, my love. He that cometh to
Christ shall never hunger; he that believeth
on him shall never thirst, however poor as
to this world. The richest man who has
not Christ is hungry and thirsty in his
soul, which is never satisfied by any earthly
"Ah, the Christian is the happiest," said
"He has food for both the body and the
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soul," replied Mrs. Allen. He shall not
want any good thing."
"But has poor Widow Renton enough ?"
Charles asked. I think she must be hungry
"Perhaps she is," his mamma replied;
"but she always gets her hunger satisfied.
God always gives her her daily bread."
Would more not be good for her ? "
"No; or God would give it. He knows
best what is good for us. I believe she has
more pleasure in receiving her morsel in
answer to prayer, than any rich, godless
man has in all his dainties."
"She feels that it comes from God," said
"And thus it feeds both body and soul,"
said Mrs. Allen.
How, mamma ? "
While the body is fed with the bread
that perisheth, the soul is fed with sweet
thoughts of God's loving-kindness and faith-
fulness. The gift comes with the Giver's
I will tell you of what happened to a
godly old couple whom I knew in my young
82 GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.
days," said Mrs. Allen. "Willie R- had
been a farmer, but had been reduced to such
poverty, that he and his wife lived in a single
room, and were often in great straits. One
day they had no food, and no means of pro-
curing any. Old Willie lay down in bed to
sleep away, if possible, the pain of hunger.
"At length his wife said to him, 'Willie,
my man, it's of no use lying there; go over
the street to D--, the butcher, and see if
he'll trust you with a sheep's head to make
The old man went. He told the butcher
that he had no money, but if he would trust
him, he would pay for the sheep's head with
the first money he got.
"The butcher, being rather a hard man,
hesitated, and while he was considering, a
stranger entered the shop. Willie modestly
stepped aside until the gentleman should be
served; the gentleman bought a whole quar-
ter of mutton, and turning to Willie, said,
'Here, honest man, take that home to your
"Willie, astonished, received the gift; he
saw it was from the Lord, and carried it home.
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must have been a perfect stranger, for every
,. :' --
"BuGt nobody could discover who the gentle-
man was--nobody had seen him before; he
must have been a perfect stranger, for every
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one who frequented that little town was
known to the rest of the inhabitants, espe-
cially to such a character as the butcher.
"Willie never knew more than that the Lord
had sent him, and that was enough for the
godly old man. Mr. H--- believed that
it was an angel."
Could it be, mamma "
That supposition is not necessary. The
gentleman was passing at the time, and God
put it into his heart thus to relieve the want
of his servants. Miracles are not needlessly
wrought, and there was no necessity for
miracle there. Our heavenly Father sent
clothing to them in a manner equally unex-
pected, when they required it."
Oh, do tell us about that," said Charles.
Willie and his wife were most diligent in
their attendance at church and prayer-meet-
ings. The carefully-hoarded Sunday clothes
were wearing thin and threadbare, and as
cold weather approached, some young men
made a subscription to buy Willie a new
suit. A tailor undertook to make them.
Willie was passing his shop one day, when
the tailor asked him to step in. 'I have a
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suit to make, Mr. R-- ,' he said, 'for a
man whose measure I don't know how to
get; his figure is so like yours, I am sure
Shat fits you will fit him; will you let me
measure you ?'
"'Many a time have I been measured for
myself; but this is the first time I have
been measured for another body,' was the
The clothes were made; ladies added
new linen, and some warm things for Mrs.
1-- ; and, warmly and respectably dressed,
they appeared in their accustomed place in
church. He who clothes the lilies of the
field had clothed his servants."
I think it is sweet to be poor, mamma,"
"'Blessed are the poor in spirit;' but
riches also are good to those who are rich
in faith," said Mrs. Allen.
Then we should not choose ; just as God
Yes; he knows best what is good for us;
he will give us our daily bread; let us leave
the measure of it to him."
Harriet was silent for a little, and then
86 GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.
said, "We may be quite happy in a small
If we have God's presence in it," said
"I never cared for fine clothes," said the
little girl; "and it will be really sweet to take
our daily bread just from God's hand."
"And, O my children," .said Mrs. Allen,
" seek to be fed with the bread of life, that
bread which came down from heaven He
that eateth of earthly bread alone shall die;
but he that eateth this heavenly bread shall
live to all eternity."
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"FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS."
" .P .WILL never speak to William
Somerville again," cried Charles,
.- tears of passion streaming down
"* -- his face. "I will never speak to
him again; nor help him with his
lessons-the dunce! I won't! I won't! "
And the little boy stamped his foot in the
wildness of his anger.
"Charles !" exclaimed Mrs. Allen, "what
is the matter? what is making you so
"I am not wicked, mamma! It is he
who is wicked-to say such things before
a soldier's son "
"Put away that passion, my child, and
tell me what has occasioned it," said Mrs.
Allen, gently but gravely.
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The boy tried to speak, but burst into a
fit of sobbing which prevented his utterance.
Mrs. Allen waited until the tempest was
over, and then learned that, after the fashion
of schoolboys, there had been a dispute in
TITE DISPUTE IN THE SCHOOL-YARD.
the school-yard about the war, some of the
boys styling themselves "the peace party;"
that one of them had called soldiers mur-
derers; that thereupon a murmur of indig-
nation had arisen among the others, many
of whom had relatives in the war; and poor
Charles especially felt it as an insult upon
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the memory of his beloved father, and re-
sented it accordingly.
"The other boys said it was shameful to
speak so before a soldier's orphan," said
Charles-another sob, and another heaving
in his breast.
It was very rude and unfeeling," said
Mrs. Allen, but you must forgive it, my
I can't forgive it, mamma, and there's
no need to forgive it. I would have for-
given him for speaking against myself; but
a Russian would not have spoken against
"Do you remember the prayer, Charles,
"Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
Charles was silent.
"He who will not forgive cannot be for-
given," said Mrs. Allen.
But you know, mamma, I never can love
him: that's impossible; and it is his own
"He that hateth his brother is a mur-
derer," said Mrs. Allen. "William Somer-
ville spoke probably in heedlessness, not
90 FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS,
thinking of your feelings; but if you cherish
anger and resentment against him, you are
deliberately breaking God's commandment."
"How can I help it, mamma ? "
"Only by seeking the grace of God to
enable you to put away the sinful feeling.
But we will not speak about it any more at
present. Try to be calm, and remember
what your prayer means when you say,
"Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
debtors;' that is, in the very same manner as
Mrs. Allen wisely forbore to say any more
while Charles was so much excited; but her
words made an impression upon his mind.
He did not learn his lessons well that even-
ing, for constantly the remembrance of the
affront returned upon him, and the feeling of
anger also returned.
It is all William's fault," he said to him-
self; he will make me lose my place in the
No, foolish boy, it is not all William's
fault. It is chiefly the fault of your own
sinful heart. William said a few rude words,
but Charles repeated them over and over,
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stirred up wrath and resentment, gave up
his heart to Satan's suggestions. Poor
Charles, nothing but the strong grace of
God can save you now; you are indulging
such passions as have made many men
And yet some of the schoolboys praised
"the spirit which Charles showed in resent-
ing the insult.
Jesus Christ never did so. He said, "If
any man will smite thee on the one cheek,
turn to him the other also." "Render not
railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing."
Before bed-time came Charles's wrath was
much softened, for he was not a stubborn
boy, yet he felt a little unwilling to say the
Lord's Prayer, as he was accustomed to do.
It was the only form of prayer which the
children used, for their mamma had taught
them that prayer was just asking from God
such things as they needed; and they prayed
in their own simple language, but always
concluded with this form which Jesus taught
his disciples. Charles began it hesitatingly,
and when he came to the fifth petition he
stopped; he could not go on. He continued
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to kneel, saying not a word; then tears came,
and a sore struggle; and at last he cried,
" Lord Jesus, take away my wicked heart,
and teach me to forgive my enemies." His
heart was beginning to melt. He had begun
to wish to do God's will; nay more, he had
prayed to be enabled to do it. The Holy
Spirit had commenced in his heart a contest
against sin; when he does this, we may
expect that he will give the victory.
Charles dared not say, "Forgive my debts,
as I forgive my debtors," for he knew that
until he did forgive, that would be to pray
that he might not be forgiven; but he still
asked of God, "Lord, teach me to forgive."
"Lord, give me a holy heart." After this
prayer he went to bed. In the morning, he
went to his mother's room and said, "Mamma,
I want to forgive William Somerville. I
have prayed to God about it. "
I am glad of that," replied his mamma;
" and remember you must watch as well as
How must I watch, mamma ? "
In all probability the wicked feeling will
return, Satan will try to bring it back. You
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must watch against its coming, and instantly
lift up your heart to God to check it. You
must not repeat to yourself the words which
offended you; try never to think of them.
And do not allow any sign of anger towards
him to escape you."
Oh, this is very difficult, mamma."
"Yes, it is, my love; you cannot do it by
your own strength, you need to ask assist-
ance from God."
Well, mamma, I will do so."
And there is something more that you
need to ask, my boy."
What is that, mamma ? "
Pardon. Pardon for the evil temper in
which you indulged yesterday. You com-
mitted sin then, and sin can be blotted out
only by the blood of Jesus."
Oh yes It was wrong, very wrong. I
see it now. I was very passionate; very
wicked. I hated William then."
He that hateth his brother is a mur-
derer,' Mrs. Allen repeated.
0 mamma, a murderer! Yes; I felt
dreadfully wicked. Perhaps Cain just felt
so before he slew his brother!" And the
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little boy laid his head on his mother's lap
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HARILLES AND IIIb M UTHHI!.
Kneel down, Charles," said Mrs. Allen,
" and let us pray."
Mother and child knelt down together,
and Mrs. Allen said,--
0 Lord, this little boy has been very
naughty; he has indulged wicked passions,
"anger, resentment, hatred; he said he would
"not forgive. Pardon his sin, 0 Lord; wash
it away in the blood of Jesus; and give him
AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS. 95
grace to forgive those who have offended
him. Give him a clean heart, and renew
within him a right spirit; make him meek,
and gentle, and loving; make him like Christ,
who, when he was reviled, reviled not again.
Oh, put thy Holy Spirit into his heart."
Mamma, I think I do forgive," said
Charles, when they arose from prayer;
"but I am afraid of growing angry again
when I see William."
You must watch and pray against that,"
replied Mrs. Allen.
When Charles went into the school-yard,
one of the boys came to him and said, "A
number of us are so angry with William
Somerville for insulting you, that we do not
intend to speak to him for a week."
"Thank you," replied Charles; "but I
wish you would not do that, for I have for-
Have you ? I thought you were never
to forgive him."
"Ah, but that was a wicked idea. I
am sorry for it now."
I took you for a boy of spirit," said his
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This was hard to bear, and a sinful feeling
flashed over Charles's heart; but he lifted
up that heart to God, and God gave him
grace to say, It is very easy to be angry,
but very difficult to forgive; forgiveness
requires the most spirit."
That's true," said the boy; "we'll tell
William, however, that if it had not been
for you forgiving him, we would have sent
him to Coventry."
Harriet and her mother were speaking
about this matter, and Harriet inquired,
"When a person feels that he cannot for-
give, has he no right to pray at all,
He needs specially to pray then," replied
But if God will not forgive him ?"
"Who is it that can change the heart.
"Then he ought to pray to God for a,
new heart. Christ is exalted to give repent-
ance, as well as remission of sins. If we
wait for right dispositions before we pray,
we shall never pray at all. We must pray