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Original. REPORT OF THE BLOOMFIELD, ME., MATERNAL ASSOCIATION.
FROM JUNE, 1848, TO JUNE, 1850.
ALTHOUGH clouds and darkness have been round about us, yet we feel here to set our “Ebenezer, and say, as did Samuel of old, hitherto hath the Lord helped us. Notwithstanding we have had afflictions and bereavements, and have felt at times to mourn our deficiencies as mothers, and our departures from the Throne of Grace, we have also had seasons of refreshing, as we hope and trust, from the goodness of God. Considering the obstacles in the way of our assembling, our meetings have been well attended. Our number being small, we have borne in mind the promise of our Saviour, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
When it has been practicable to present our children at our quarterly meetings for prayer and instruction, it has been a season of peculiar interest both to the mothers and children of this Association. We hope and desire that seed thus sown, will at some future time spring up and yield an abundant harvest. TWO of the children of this Association have been made partakers of the Grace of Life. One has been consigned to our mother earth. Death has also diminished the number of mothers in our little circle. On the 14th day of March, 1849, Mrs. Mary S. W. Hathaway, wife of the Rev. George W. Hathaway, Pastor of the Congregational Church in this town, was removed by death from the church militant to join the church triumphant, in singing
aises to the Redeemer forever and to contemplate with gratitude the contrast between her condition now, and what it was during her pilgrimage in this wilderness of sin. She has gone through the tribulations of this life-she has arrived, doubtless, at“ Zion's hill,” “ the flowery mount,” sooner than she expected, and is enjoying, we trust, the delightful rest of heaven. She has left a husband and seven children, (the youngest about four weeks old at the time of her death) to mourn, and feel the loss of an affectionate wife, and a tender, faithful mother. She struggled hard,
while here, with toils and cares, and various trials. Parental anxiety imposed a heavy burden upon her heart. The responsibility of having young immortals committed to her charge, she deeply felt-and she strove to discharge this trust with
trust with per vering faithfulness; she was not only the affectionate, faithful, praying mother, but the needed and efficient helper of him with whom she was associated in the closest bonds. She sympathized in the responsibilities of her husband, and took much care upon herself, that he might be less interrupted in his office-work. She felt the deepest solicitude for the purity, peace, and prosperity of the church. Though unable to give her dying testimony in favor of religion, as her reason failed her in the closing scene; yet, she had manifested such regard for the Saviour-his truth and honorthe advancement of his cause, and the enlargement of Zion, as furnished satisfactory evidence that she was a child of God.
In the removal of Mrs. Hathaway, thus, in the meridian of life and usefulness, the Maternal Association in this place sustain a grievous loss. While we sympathize deeply with our Pastor and his family, in their sore bereavement, we mourn our own loss, in being deprived of the society of one to whom we have so long looked for counsel, and to whose prayers and exhortations we have so long listened.
This Association has existed sixteen years. One after another of its members, to whom we have looked as mothers in Israel, has been removed from this world of toil and conflict, to the mansions of rest; but in this removal, our heavenly Father has seen fit to deal with us as the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, in 2d Kings, 2d chap. 3d verse. She ever manifested a deep interest for the prosperity of this and all other Maternal Associations. She felt it important that the children should be taught the Scriptures at home, and that they should be brought to the quarterly meetings for further instruction. On the day of her death, which was the day of our quarterly meeting, she gave directions, with a great degree of interest, for her children to attend. And on Monday preceding her death, which occurred on Wednesday, conversing with a member, relative to the approaching meeting, she desired that her children might be remembered, and that she also might
have an interest in our prayers ; saying, “It may be the last tine.” And we feel to request all praying mothers, particularly members of Maternal Associations, under whose observation these remarks may come, to remember her seven motherless children at the throne of grace. Her zeal for the cause of her Saviour was fervent and persevering. Although for several months previous to her death she was unable to attend public worship, yet she breathed forth the aspirations of her heart in hymns and portions of Scripture, sent by her to our weekly meetings.
The conversion of the youth was a subject she contemplated much, and of which she often spoke. The Missionary and Bible Societies, the cause of human freedom, and all the benevolent operations of the day, lay near her heart. She was unusually affable, and sympathized with all, from infancy to old age. But she
Her “ languishing head is at rest,"
Its thinking and aching are o'er ;"
Is heaved by affliction no more.”
Of trouble and torturing pain,
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“WHAT A CHANGE IN MY FAMILY !"-We have heard, says the Well-Spring, of an interesting conversion in a Pastor's Bible class in the Sabbath school. A man who had been a Universalist, and a violent opposer of his wife and family, in religious things, has for several months given the best evidence of being born again. “What a change in my family !” now exclaims the happy wife. 1. “He now delights in studying the Bible, and has erected a family altar.” sag ito ay binis tortor te
O, that an altar might be erected in every family where there is none. “What a CHANCE” would it at once produce in the household !
THE INFLUENCE OF YOUTH UPON THE FAMILY CIRCLE.
BY REV. H. C. FISH.
An impression too generally prevails among the young, that at present their influence is but little felt; and hence they the more readily yield to habits of thoughtlessness, frivolity, and vice. No doubt, in the aggregate, theirs is less than is the influence of those in the full activity of riper years. But that of this class is nevertheless far from trifling in character and extent—it is felt in the family and in the community. Let' me address myself to my youthful readers, and beg them, for a moment, to consider the effects of their character and example upon the family circle. Your parents feel your influence. "A wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” Ah, yes; and how often has the proverb been verified !
Who can estimate the degree to which parents are made happy or unhappy by their children? And let me remark, that it is never to so great an extent in any other period of life as during that under consideration—that of youth. Parents can patiently endure the petulance of infancy, and the perverseness of childhood; but they feel keenly and deeply the waywardness of youth. They love to behold the smiles of affection on the soft countenance of boyhood or girlhood; but they are filled with joy when the brow of youth is wreathed with the ornaments of innocence, virtue, and respect.
A child at this period of life exerts such an influence upon those who reared him, that he can make them well nigh completely wretched. Let the son of virtuous parents become dissipated, intemperate, prodigal, profane-let him eschew good society, and become the companion of fools-let him become rebellious toward his father and mother, and cast off personal restraint ; and, in truth, they will feel
“How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is