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the wants of these two soldiers of Jesus Christ."
Mrs. N. I never before heard about Paul, the hermit; but I recollect that Paul, the apostle, said, “ All things are yours !” I, therefore, know no reason why ravens should be excepted ; and I am persuaded your remark concerning worldlings, and the good offices which they sometimes perform to the poor followers of our Lord, is strictly correct. Harriot, proceed again, and I hope you will be equally successful.
Harriot.-0, I do not know this !
Mrs.N.-Perhaps your sister may: Amelia, what is it?
Amelia.--My dear Harriot, look
again ; I think you must know this! It is the widow of Zarephath : do not you perceive the sticks, under her arm ? At the prophet's request, she retires; observe her returning with the cake in her hand.
Harriot. I recollect it now.
Ex.-And you will do well to reflect on the important lessons this interesting history affords. The widow had come out to pick up some sticks wherewith to bake a cake for herself and her son, which she expected would be the last meal they should eat. But the prophet directed her to make him a little cake first, and bring it unto him, encouraging her to do as he bade her; at the same
time declaring, that her meal and her oil should not fail as long as the famine lasted. Having obediently proved that she believed the word of the Lord, she and her son and the prophet lived upon that little store for the space of two years.
Amelia. - Do you suppose, Sir, they daily received their sustenance from the barrel and the cruse ?
Ex.-Without doubt they did ! And you should observe, that her · faith was to be further tried, and her former sinful state brought to her remembrance, by the sickness and death of her son. Thus believers ever find, that the faith which God bestows is not to be wrapt in a napkin, but to be kept in use by the various trials with which it is exercised. Do not be intimidated by this. hint ; for application made to Him in whose name the prophet spake, is sure to be honoured with his attention, who will certainly afford relief. Elijah declared to the offending king, in reply to his inquiry, “Art: thoủ he that troubleth Israel?" that it was his sins and the sins of his father's house, which were the cause of those calamities, which the nation suffered. He challenged him to gather together all his idolatróus, priests, saying, “Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.. I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD. Let them, therefore, give us two bullocks, and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire 'under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under : and call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord : and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God.” This was a proposal approved by all the people, and to which Baal's