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FROM THE EDITOR,
Once again your old friend, the Editor, wishes you a very ‘Happy New Year! Once
again we commence a new series of Friendly Leaves, with the hope that we may be able both to interest and instruct you in the coming months of our new friend, the year 1880. For my own part, I cannot help feeling that our magazine forms a very real link between myself and its readers, both Associates and Members of our Society. And to you, dear young people, maidens of our friendly band, I would say a special word of greeting here, asking you to join me in thinking not only of the year that is to come-bright as it looks perhaps to your young, hopeful hearts—but also of the year that is past.
Do you remember those solemn words in the Bible, “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reap?'
Let us think what we have been sowing during the past year—what seeds of kindness, gentleness, and love? What of our prayers, our thoughts, our words? Have they been earnest, and pure, and helpful? If not, you may depend upon it that some time or other we shall have to reap the harvest whether we will or no. That unkind word said to your
friend in a moment of passion has left a wound, perchance too deep for any but God's healing. Those fretful looks that greeted father or mother when weary with their hard day's work, ah ! how you will wish some day that they had been smiles instead. Those jealous feelings nursed in your heart against some companion, how they may have poisoned the fountain of your thoughts before you were aware of it. Those wandering thoughts not fought against in prayer, how they will come back and haunt you when perhaps you would give all the world to pray in earnest.
Do you say that these thoughts are too solemn for the joyous New Year time? Nay, but while we look back on the past with earnest prayer for God's forgiveness, we must also look forward. We must look to the seed we are going to sow this year, and pray that God will bless and purify each thought and word and deed that they may bring forth fruit to His glory.
Every year, as our dear Friendly Society increases in strength and numbers and it has greatly increased this year, I feel more deeply what a responsibility rests upon our Members ;
and I want you to remember it too. Just think if every one of our 35,000 Members were working for our Master, witnessing for Him in their daily lives, sowing seed for His harvest, what might they not do? I would speak especially to the older Members of our Society-SO many of you in business, in the shop, the warehouse, or the factory—think what you might do to help those younger than yourselves, how you might tell them of the Saviour you have learned to love, humbly and tremblingly perhaps, but yet truly and faithfully. And you also who are daughters at home, you who should be father and mother's best help and comfort -how we should like to know that our · Friendly Girls' always shone brightest in their own homes and made home happy for the dear ones there.
God has blessed us much this year in every part of our friendly work. There is our Home of Rest at Sunning Hill, with its bright welcome for tired Members, our Central Lodge and other Lodges too, always open and always occupied ; our Central Library sending forth useful and pleasant books; there was our beautiful service at St. Paul's Cathedral last June, where the prayers of so many hundred Associates and friends of our Society went up together to ask our Father's blessing. There was that very encouraging competition amongst our Members for the Scripture Questions; which shows what we so love to see--a desire to study the best of books-our precious Bible.
And yet all this outward success is as nothing compared with the testimony that may be borne by one Member's life; unnoticed and unknown she may be, but the influence is the
Dear girls, we pray that the true object of our Society may be fulfilled in you, helping you to become better and holier, not for the sake of the Society, not even for the sake of those you love in it, but most for Jesus' sake;' because we are our Father's' children, members of one family in Him, because we serve the same Master, because we are running the same race, and need all the help that friendship, and sympathy, and mutual encouragement, can give us on the way ; because we are looking forward to the same joy of seeing one day that Master whom we have loved and served so imperfectly on earth; looking forward to that happy time when in the Better Land we shall be all one in Him and with Him for
Talks about Words.
and sparkle swallowed up by the influence of
the foul river-and so you would see what By Mrs. FETHERSTONBAUGH.
is meant by good influence (or inflowing) and 1.-INFLUENCE.
evil influence. HE meaning of this word is : There was a time, in Paradise, when the ' flowing in. ' You hear it often newborn stream of human life flowed clear
used- A person of great influence.' and fair. Our first parents were happy in 'So and so has had a very bad influence in simple obedience to the will of God. In an our parish, or village, or school,'—or, 'Her evil hour the poison of Satan found its way gentle influence has done wonders among into their lives through the weakness of Eve. the girls of her class.' But, you will say, 'I On it flowed, staining the bright waters do not understand how the word can mean with its foul impurity, till it became a mighty 'flowing in' in these sentences.' I will torrent of wickedness, defiling the whole explain to you by a simple illustration.
carth. Then there came the healing waters Suppose you have a little water at the of another stream-the pure river of water bottom of a bowl and a bottle of ink. Take of life, proceeding out of the throne of God the bottle and gently pour the ink on one and of the Lamb. The Life and Death of side of the bowl. Watch it ‘flowing in,' | Our Blessed Lord, and the Holy Ghost the and gradually tinging the water till it becomes Comforter, who a sort of ink, no longer pure water. The
Came sweet influence to impart inflowing or influence of the ink has done this.
A gracious, willing Guest, Now, on the contrary, suppose you have a
While He can find one humble heart little ink at the bottom of a bowl, and pour
Wherein to rest.' water gradually in from one side, you will Since then these two influences have been see the reverse take place. At length, if you struggling in the world's history, now good pour in water enough, the bowl will no longer triumphs, now evil; but, thank God, the contain ink, but water ; not pure, but still power of good is the strongest; and will you would call it water and not ink.
prevail, according to His promise. But, to understand what it really is, you Each one of us carries about a portion of should watch where a stream of water, either good or evil influence. We cannot coloured by some factory (perhaps dye-works), help it; our daily lives, our commonest concomes flowing down, and then mark how the versation, our expression of countenance, all resistless power of a clear river's inflowing, help one or the other, according to whether fed continually from its sources in the cloud- in our secret thoughts we keep up a comcapped mountains, triumphs over the stain of munication with God or with the devil. the impure tide; and purifying it with its Which do we listen to ? Do we indulge bright water, sweeps it on, clear, and sweet, thoughts of Faith, Hope, Love, and Purity; and uncontaminated.
or of Pride, Vanity, Sloth, Anger, and SensuOr, you may see a sparkling rivulet, leap- ality? We may try to seem different to what ing and dancing down its course, till it meets we really are, but our influence will always be with a muddy stream and is lost-brightness found to work on the side of our thoughts.
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