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we shall come to ourselves. We feel a pity for those who lack any of the senses which make life enjoyable; they suffer loss. At some time they shall have that which they lack now. There is not a single thing which we could enjoy but what we shall enjoy; not one wish ever breathed across the surface of the mind but what some fruition shall come. All we lack we shall some time have. O God! help us, while we yet live, to spare suffering and sorrow and loss to those that are yet living. It is to spare the losses in this world that we urge to kinder thinking and to better living. And now, let Thy blessing be upon us, through the days that are to come. Strengthen us in our weakness, give us clearness of insight in our confusion, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.



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Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow."

MATTHEW, vi., 28.


N reading the parables of Jesus we think of the lessons he draws, but we do not often notice what minute observation and careful attention he gave to these little things of nature and of life. "Consider the lilies." He was the first one to bend down and read "the secret of a weed's plain heart." What was the lesson? The providing love of God. That is a great subject. How would the learned doctors have treated it? He says, "Look at the lilies-their beauty. If God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"

How much minute attention and long thought there was given to this flower! A member of the Chicago Board of Trade or a Wall street broker could not have said that. He would never have thought of stopping long enough to look at the lily. I especially note this minute observation of little things on the part of Jesus. The sparrow alighting on the ground, the cry of the raven's callow brood, the humble business of fishermen, the mending of old clothes, and water bottles, the anxiety of a woman who has lost a piece of money -all these are familiar to us from long reading, but

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