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Light at Evening.

Light at Evening.

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1 But it shall come to pass, that at evening-time it shall be light"
Zechariah xiv. 7.

1 But it shall come to pass, that at evening-time it shall be light"
Zechariah xiv. 7.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 09, 2014
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LIGHT AT EVENING. BY THE COUNTRY PARSON. 1 But it shall come to pass, that at evening-time it shall be light" Zechariah xiv. 7. T is when the day is drawing to its close, that most men have their hour of leisure. The season of toil is past, the task is laid apart, the strain upon bone and sinew is relaxed ; and if it be the winter-time, we gather around the fire to enjoy the feeling of repose ; and if it be the summer days that are passing over us, we wander forth in the declining light, and mark how nature sinks to slumber. We know, most of us, how nature looks at evening, better than we know how she seems in the busier hours of the day ; we are too much occupied during them to have time for watching the aspect of trees and fields, the form of clouds and the azure of the sky. But in our evening leisure we have many a time had the opportunity of marking the sun's grad-ual withdrawal, the shadows as they darkened upon the landscape, the mist stealing upward from the river, and its murmur deepening upon the ear, the
leaves so motionless, the silent fields, the universal hush and quiet. But after all, if we were asked what 9 130 LIGHT AT EVENING. it is that makes the evening-time, — even the even ing-time of summer, — we have no difficulty in sin-gling out from the many features which we have re-marked so often, that which is the essence of the evening, and the cause of them all. It is the gradual withdrawal of the light. It is the lessening light, after all, that makes the evening-time. It is because of that that the daisies close, and the birds fly to their nests, and this hush comes over nature. And it is just be-cause evening is the time when, in the ordinary course of things, the light is going and the darkness is com-ing, that there is anything remarkable in the text which you have read. " At the evening-time there shall be light ; " that is, light shall come at a period when it is not natural, when in the common course of things it is not looked for. It would be no surprise
that light should come at noonday. We expect it then. It is just what we are accustomed to see. Hundreds and thousands of times we know that the sun has risen, and steadily advanced to his meridian splendor ; and all this, we think, is only the usual thing. But if, when the twilight shadows were fall-ing deeper and deeper, when the distant woods seemed in a slumberous trance, and the distant hills showed purple against the soft crimson, with a sudden burst the noonday light were to spread around, — that would be a surprise. It would be indeed only a thing which we are accustomed to see, but it would be coming at a time when we are not accustomed to see it. Yet LIGHT AT EVENING. 131 nothing less than this is signified in that remarkable promise, given first to the Church of God and then to individual believers, that in their experience, in their day, " at the evening-time it shall be light." That is, to state the promise in the form of a gen-

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