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Gathering Up the Fragments.

Gathering Up the Fragments.

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BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D.,

" For Herod feared John, knowing that hew as a just man
and an holy, and observed him ; and when he heard him,
he did many things, and heard him gladly." — Mark 6 : 20.
BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D.,

" For Herod feared John, knowing that hew as a just man
and an holy, and observed him ; and when he heard him,
he did many things, and heard him gladly." — Mark 6 : 20.

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GATHERING UP THE FRAGMENTS. BY CHARLES CLIFTON PENICK, D.D., " For Herod feared John, knowing that hew as a just man and an holy, and observed him ; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly." — Mark 6 : 20. r I ^HE trials of deepening gloom are those -*• that prove men's souls — yea, disclose to us whether the man rests on himself or reach-es down into the strength of God for the foundation of his hope. Few of God's great ones have died in the noontide of their glo-ry ; few, Elijah-like, have mounted from their earthly glory in heaven's fiery chariot. God has been more gracious to us in showing of what material His heroes are made, and how their splendors flash out and beam on, in wider, stronger glory as the darkness of adversity and disaster lowers about them. Most of them, like Jacob, can look back and say, as they gaze on the uncompleted plans and frustrated purposes that strew the path of
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192 "MORE THAN A PROPHET." bygone years, " Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been." But the great com-mand is to be faithful unto death. The child of this world, when he hears the crushes of unmerciful disaster following fast and following faster, may cry, It is all over : I have noth-ing more to live for," and sink down in despair. Saul may faint when the vision of Samuel pro-nounces his doom ; Belschazzar may, with crushed spirit, rush into his dark fate ; Napo-leon may be obliged to have his Waterloo ; but, thank God, the Christian soldier has no Waterloo, but " in our God all is yea and all amen." And this glorious light in darkness we are often called on to show forth by trials similar to those of John's im-prisonment and the work there sent him. To me there is nothing more grand in the life of the great Selwyn than these two extracts, which show his soul in the vortex of these very trials. He had seen all the hopes and plans of the best years of his life crushed and scattered by the ruthless hand of what seemed
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an unjust war. Where once the Church of God seemed planted as a tree by rivers of waters, "MORE THAN A PROPHET: 1 193 and flourishing with the full prospect of glo-rious and speedy success, he saw devastation, desolation, decay, and sinkings into hopeless night. ' Yet his great soul endured as seeing Him who was invisible, and laying hold of Him whom the world could not clasp, he pressed on to be faithful rather than be what the world calls successful. He writes (vol. ii. p. 193): " I have now one simple missionary idea before me, of watching over the remnant that is left. Our native work is a remnant in two senses — the remnant of a decaying people and the remnant of a decaying faith. The works of which you hear are not the works of heathen : they are the works of baptized men, whose love has grown cold from causes common to all churches of neophytes, from Laodicea down-ward." Page 209 : " And the pleasant dream, so full of bright hope, has melted away ; and
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