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John. Has not the moon an effect upon the weather, and is it not the chief cause of the tides?

Mamma. Without doubt this planet, in some measure, causes changes in the atmosphere, although we can, as yet, come to no certain philosophical conclusions how far this influence may extend. Superstition, ignorance, and fear have attributed to this planet agencies, both good and evil, which do not belong to it. But, as it regards the phenomena of the tides, they are mainly occasioned by this orb, and this will form a most instructive theme for our next conversation. We will conclude the present one with the expressive language of Addison :

“Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly, to the list’ning earth,
Repeats the story of her birth.
While all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets, in their turn,
Forever singing, as they shine,
The hand that made us is divine."

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ANSWER TO PRAYER.

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In February, 1839, on the day of Fasting for Colleges, a parent sent a request to a neighboring church, that his son, who was a member of a New England College, might be made a special subject of prayer. That youth, then thoughtless, is now one of the most promising and useful ministers in our land. Who shall say that his extensive and beneficial influence is not the result of the prayers offered by that church, in compliance with the wish of that anxious father? Who shall estimate, then, the value of these solemn days of supplication for our literary institutions ? How many parents have been gladdened by the consequences which have flowed from the observance of these days! How many churches have been supplied with faithful pastors, by reason of these public entreaties for the conversion of collegiate students !

Editorial.

JESUS WALKING ON THE SEA.

LESSONS FOR MOTHERS OR MATERNAL ASSOCIATIONS.

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HERE was a lake in the country of Galilee

called Tiberius, and sometimes the Sea of Galilee. Around this lake, which is said to be very beautiful, Jesus was accustomed

to walk, and to perform many miracles. Around this sea were the famous cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, where Jesus did so many of his mighty works. Here was the coast of Magdala, and the land of Gennesaret, where Jesus went about doing good. Here, on this lake, which was about nine miles long and five or six broad, the people were accustomed to sail in their "little ships," and catch fish. Jesus sometimes got into these boats, and talked to the people. Sometimes a storm would arise, and the wind would blow, and toss about these “ little ships,” and the men were afraid of being drowned in the deep water. Jesus once rebuked a storm, when the disciples thought the ship would sink.

The picture which we have given you here represents one of their little ships in a storm. It was in the night, as they were crossing this lake, there came on a great wind, and the ship was tossed about by the waves.

Now Jesus had sent his disciples across the lake ; and when

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they had gone, he went up into a mountain, by himself, to pray; and when the evening was come he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with the waves, and the disciples were afraid of sinking. But Jesus knew where they were, and knew their danger. So, in the night he went to them, walking on the sea.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. They knew no man could walk on the sea, and no wonder they were afraid of so strange a sight-for they did not know it was Jesus. But when he spoke unto them, and told them to be of good cheer, and to be not afraid, for it was he; Peter, who was in the ship, answered, and said to him, "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” And Jesus said “ Come.” Peter thought it would be safe for him to go to Jesus, especially when he had invited him to come, and he thought right. So Peter undertook to go to Jesus, on the water. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw how the wind blew, and how high the waves rolled, he was afraid ; and as he began to fear, he began to sink. Then he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me.” And immediately

, Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him, and said, “O, thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt ?" Now, if Peter had only kept his eye on Jesus, instead of looking at the boisterous sea, and walked straight on, Jesus would not have let him sank

, in the water; it would have made no difference how hard the wind blew, or how high the waves rolled-Jesus would have saved him. And this is the reason why he said to Peter, “0, thou of little faith.” Peter ought to have gone straight on to the arms of Jesus, when he called him. So they returned to the ship, and the wind ceased to blow. And they that were in the ship came to Jesus, and worshipped him, for they knew that he was the Son of God.

Now let all the children learn, when Jesus invites, they are to go directly to him. They must not doubt his willingness to save them. Notwithstanding Peter doubted, and Jesus left him to sink, yet when he called on Jesus, he stretched forth his arms

and saved him. So he will do to all who would go to him. Yes, he will meet them a great way off, and take them to his arms. He will hear them, when they call upon him for help. And when they are called to pass through the deep waters, he will go with them, and finally take them to his everlasting home.

QUESTIONS.,

What lake is there in the country of Galilee?
By what names is it called ?
Is it said to be a beautiful lake? How large is it?
What did Jesus do around this lake?
What cities were there?
What did they do with their little ship on this lake?
Did the disciples use these boats?
What happened when the disciples were crossing the lake?
Were the disciples afraid?
What did Jesus do ?

How did the disciples feel when they saw Jesus walking on the sea ?

What did they say it was ?
Were they afraid ?
What did Jesus say unto them ?
What did Peter answer him?
What did Jesus say to Peter?
Did Peter go to Jesus?
What did Peter say when he began to sink ?
What did Jesus do? Why did Peter begin to sink?
What did Jesus say of Peter's faith?
Would he have sunk if he had trusted in Jesus?
What happened when they came to the ship?
What did the men in the ship do?

Did this act of Jesus, in stilling the sea, show that he was the Son of God ?

Good REMEDIES.–For drankenness, drink cold water; for health, rise early; to be happy, be honest; to please all, mind your own business.

A MOTHER'S PRAYERS. Forty years ago, on the mountains of Western Massachusetts, a mother with eight children, five of them under the age of fourteen, was left to trust in the widow's God and the Father of the fatherless. She called them around her regularly, and led them in family worship; and often at the dead of night her low voice was heard calling on her heavenly Father to have mercy upon them. Before the youngest had reached the age of 21, all except one son had hope in Christ. That son, early in life, left the family to learn a trade; but on becoming of age, he found himself amid the outpouring of the Spirit; the sound of his mother's voice at midnight, when he slept in the chamber with her, reached his heart. He, too, found peace in Christ, and has long been a pillar in the church and superintendent of the Sabbath-school in & new settlement. The mother still lives in peace and quiet, waiting till her change come; her children are supposed to be all yet living, handing down her influence to the third generation, and willing to aid their mother ; but she has a competence of this world's goods. Such is the history of a praying widow and her children for forty years.

WHAT THE LITTLE EYES Saw.-John Condor, afterwards D.D., was born at Wimple, in Cambridgeshire, June 30, 1714. His grandfather, Richard Condor, kissed him, and with tears in his eyes, said, “ Who knows what sad days these little eyes are likely to see ?" things wearing at that time a threatening aspect, relative to Dissenters. Dr. Condor remarked, upon mentioning the above circumstance, “ These eyes have, for more than sixty

, years, seen nothing but goodness and mercy follow me and the Churches of Christ, even to this day." His epitaph was :

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I have sinned.
I have repented. I have trusted.
I have loved. I rest.

I shall rise.
And, through the grace of Christ,

However unworthy,

I shall reign.

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