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“A babe in a house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love ;
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Bible (The) ...
Endearments of the Poor
Hints for the Household 16, 32,
48, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 144, 160,
Home Consecrated (The). 125
Home Influence ...
Home Playmates and Companions 31
Home Training of Dr. Guthrie... 47
How to be Able to do Good 60
How to bring up Children ... 70
" I telled Betty
Life-Boat Story (A)
Little Nelly ...
Little Nurse (The)
Little Ones (The)
Live in Love
My Garden Flowers
Woman's Influence (A)
A TALE OF HARD TIMES,
Phoenician borders. In vain did the merchant
“ wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm,” wound through the passes of
Lebanon; no joyful son of Issachar cheered his mule, crouching between two burdens” of olives, destined for the bazaars of Accho. The earth was burned with drought. For many months there had been no rain in all the land of Israel. Nature withered; the surface of the plains became powder and dust; and famine lay sore upon man and beast.
Those were " hard times in Samaria and Galilee; hard even for the rich, and much more so for the poor. In a little town on the declivity of Lebanon, in sight of the sea, lived a woman and her son. Through all the trials and distress which came so heavily upon the community, she had toiled on; for when did ever a mother cease her struggles against want and despair, while the image of a beloved child was before her, to nerve her for the effort ? But every resource was at length exhausted. Wasted with grief and famine, even a mother was ready to abandon the struggle for life; and collecting her last handful of meal, she went outside the gate to gather sticks, that she might go in and dress it, for herself and her son, that they might eat it and die.
While she was engaged in this melancholy service, she was accosted by a venerable stranger, "a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins," who, on learning her circumstances, bade her go and do as she had purposed; but, said he, in a tone that at once awed and revived her spirit, “ Make me thereof a little cake first." She obeyed his word, and God blessed her in her obedience ; for her barrel of meal did not waste, nor her cruise of oil fail, as long as those hard times lasted.
The widow of Zarephath wins our praise for the simplicity of her faith, and affords us a model for our imitation. From her humble history we learn, that the present are not the only “hard times” that the world has seen, nor are we the first embarrassed