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is just the book for a Sunday-school
library.
Glimpses of India and of Mission-Life. By
Mrs. Hutcheon. London: Wesleyan Con-
ference Office.—This beautiful and season-
able volume pleads for the Mission cause
most eloquently, not by laboured harangues

on the subject, but by the simple, straightforward, yet graphic and glowing recital of deeply interesting and heart-stirring facts, that must make the reader's heart glow with the same enthusiasm that kindles the writer's pen.

There are lively descriptions and humorous touches in the book, as well as most pathetic appeals and narrations.

name was

OBITUARY. MRS. JUBB, whose maiden

reference to her decease, interment and Sarah Orange, was born in 1809, at family concerns; and nearly three weeks Wombwell, in Yorkshire.

Her parents

before she died she went through all parwere accustomed to attend the services of ticulars with great calmness ; then, baving the Established Church, but occasionally expressed her wishes, dismissed earthly worshipped amongst the Methodists. Gov. affairs from her mind, and never at any erned themselves by strictly moral prin- subsequent time alluded to them.

She asciples, their children were trained to sured her friends that she was going to be honesty, truthfulness and industry ; but for ever with the Lord.' To one friend their spiritual teaching was grievously de- she said, 'I have had a sight of the crown fective. Sarah, as she advanced to woman- that is laid up for me.' hood, gave decided preference to the For about five weeks she took little but Wesleyan-Methodists, and when about cold water. Frequently in pain, and at times seventeen years of age was brought to suffering severely, she was often in prayer, the experimental knowledge of the truth,' asking for Jesus to come and help her, and under the instrumentality of the late take her to Himself. On April 18th, in disEdward Brooke, Esq. Her religious prin- tressing pain, she said to her husband, 'It is ciples became fixed, and she held on her hard work.' He replied, 'Yes, it is ; but Jesus way, waxing stronger and stronger. Her will help you'; to which she immediately whole deportment, from the time she be- responded, My Jesus to know, And feel His came an avowed believer, was characterized blood flow, 'Tis life everlasting, 'tis heaby regard for the Scriptures, love of the ven below.' Maternal affection gushed means of grace and devotional reading. forth in prayer : ‘Bless my family!

In 1837 she became the wife of the Watch my family!' Her last utterances, Rev. Martin Jubb, and for nearly thirty- about two hours before her departure, nine years was a follower of holy and godly were in response to the question put to her matrons. She was naturally of a cheerful by her husband, 'Do you feel yourself safe disposition ; and though not qualified to in the arms of Jesus ?' 'Yes,' was the shine in office or in company, yet in do- distinct reply ; and shortly afterwards, on mestic life she was a model of order and one of her sons saying, “You will soon be neatness, and was bright to her husband, at home, mother,' she replied, without hesifamily and friends. No one could surpass tation, "Yes.' Without a struggle or a her in household management. She never groan she gently breathed, until, on the ate the bread of idleness. She looked well evening of May 1st, 1876, she fell asleep in to the ways of her household. Her children Jesus, in the sixty-seventh year of her age. arise up and call her blessed. Though not of robust constitution, her love of activity en

• The dead are like the stars by day, abled her to go through a great amount of

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Withdrawn from mortal eye ; domestic toil. In September, 1875, failure

Yet holding, unperceived, their way in health was manifest ; but no one thought

In heaven's unclouded sky. the weakness to be premonitory of approaching dissolution. On November 8th, . For death its sacred seal hath set in the Wesleyan Chapel, Keelby, sbe was On bright and bygone hours ; seized with faintness, and lost consciousness And they, (whose absence we regret,) for a while. Conveyed home, she became Seem more than ever ours ! gradually worse, until it was evident that Ours, by the pledge of love and faith, the disease would be fatal. All means And hope of heaven on highemployed to arrest its progress were A trust triumphant over death, She felt that the end was in

In immortality.' evitable, She made arrangements with

MARTIN JUBB

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HAZELL, WATSON, AND VINEY, PRINTERS, LONDON AND AYLESBURY.

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WESLEYAN-METHODIST MAGAZINE.

FEBRUARY, 1879.

MEMOIR OF CHARLOTTE SOPHIA STEIGEN BERGER,

OF SAFFRON-WALDEN :

BY THE REV. J. HOLLAND BROWN, CHARLOTTE SOPHIA STEIGEN BERGER was born, December 15th, 1791, of highly respectable parents, who gave to her educational advantages becoming their circumstances and her uncommon powers of mind. The Principal of the boarding school to which she was sent was Madame de la Vieux, formerly maid of honour to Queen Charlotte, wife of George the Third. From that accomplished lady Miss Berger soon secured marked commendation for general proficiency, and especially in the French and Italian languages.

In very early life. Miss Berger became the subject of serious thoughts about personal religion. When about seven years old, while reading the words, 'In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ : who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power,' she was penetrated with tearful concern about her soul's salvation, feeling herself to be there and then arraigned before the bar of God. This concern, however, proved but transient, giving way to the usual thoughtlessness of early life, and was not again experienced until, on her leaving school at the age of fifteen, it constrained her to solemnly vow constancy of service to God. Accordingly, she began zealously to engage in whatever seemed to her to be works of religion. . In that very year, having been deeply impressed by a sermon, she took from a little box, with which, her father had just presented her, a number of guineas, and contributed them uncounted towards the collection made for the poor at the Lord's. Supper. Though performed with careful secrecy, this act of generosity brought her into publicity exceedingly objectionable to her unostentatious. disposition. The same spirit of unselfishness which marked everything she did was specially evidenced a few years later by exhausting attentions to an invalid sister whom she had accompanied to Bath. Though well-nigh sacrificing her life to this heavy responsibility, it was never oppressive to her spirit; for, in addition to the satisfaction of having done everything that sisterly solicitude could suggest, she realized the comfort accruing from effort to please God, often saying, as she laboriously ascended the stone staircase of the high house in which they were staying, 'I do it for Christ's sake.'

Though thus outwardly exemplary, not before the year 1813 could she say, 'Being justified by faith, I have peace with God.' Soon after the death,

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in 1812, of her sister, whom she had so lovingly nursed, her friends, now anxious on account of her own feeble health, persuaded her to pay a visit to another sister, who was residing at Budleigh-Salterton. In his house, just opposite her sister's, Mr. Lackington, who had been a Wesleyan, conducted public worship according to the forms and creed to which he had been accustomed. A pious person, who regularly attended this worship, perceiving the state of Miss Berger's health, invited her to hear Mr. Lackington preach, which at length she consented to do (the church being three miles away), overcoming her strong aversion to public worship in a private house. Never thoroughly conquering this repugnance, she rejoiced when the room was superseded by a chapel close by, at which she became from the opening a regular and earnest attendant. Experiencing a strong desire to flee from the wrath to come,' she read, as a preventive of what she dreaded above all things-a return to her former unconcernedness,—the most awakening sermons, and engaged in whatever other exercises seemed most likely to help her.

Three suggestions now especially harassed her : First, that she must be as long a time repenting as she had been sinning; second, that the blessing she was seeking was only bestowed on a favoured few; and third, that possibly she had committed the unpardonable sin. But the snare was soon broken by a very powerful unfolding before her mind, by the Spirit of God, of the all-sufficiency of the death of Christ. Through the application to her soul, in a time of very deep anxiety, of the words, They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength,' and by the testimony of two persons in the Class-meeting to the fact of their having recently been admitted to the enjoyment of the conscious forgiveness of their sins, she became animated with more eager desire, faith and hope in her quest after salvation. On the evening of November 12th, 1813, being overwhelmed with penitential grief, she retired to her room. What she then experienced will be best understood from her own words :

While thus waiting upon God in an agony between hope and despair, the following reflections entered into my mind : “Were not all things prepared and made ready when I came into the world? Had I any claim or title to, or did I merit, any of the numerous mercies which at the moment of my birth I was made a partaker of ? And have I not been entirely dependent upon the Giver of my life for all the blessings I have ever since received ? And can I doubt His love and gracious regard which have thus been strikingly manifested towards me?” These reflections were attended with light and power, as though a sunbeam rested on them, entirely dispelling the painful fears and unbelieving views which had just before engrossed my mind. And I then, with the eye of faith, clearly saw the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world”; and felt that my sins were all laid on Him. The next morning-the 13thI awoke at three o'clock, with this Scripture applied to my heart, " Come ; for all things

now ready.” As I meditated thereon, a delightful view of the wondrous provision made for my salvation by a gracious God was presented to my mind; and I said, “Lord, is this from Thee? Surely it is !” my soul's joy in this belief increasing until it became quite ecstatic and indescribable ; such as I had never known before ; one of its chief elements being an exulting hope, full of immortality. I felt that old things had passed away, and all things had become new ; that there was rejoicing in bearen on my account ; that I had commenced a new existence in a new world ; and that

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