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Independent (Newspaper) - August 17, 1899, London, Middlesex THE 17th THE BRISTOL see a WITH WHICH IS INCORPORATED VOT YVTTT Registered at thtt TONDON ATTfrTTSTlT as a J JL 1 per post per post J ONE VAWJJi A n I THEPAT IS RICH IN PLASTIC SUBSTANCES LlEBIC Try these Special Lines in THE NEW SMOOTH IVORY Double perfectly on both THE ROYAL ENGLISH LINEN without At discount in the for One Ream of either 480 with your address stamped in with 250 Court 8vo Envelopes to Usual price our cash post Or without post Bookbinding at Stores s with BURROWS 21 and Furnival CONGREGATIONAL UNION OF ENGLAND AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Demy with finale and Handsome Edition on Oxford India Paste Grain Gorman Calf Gold Boll Gold Roll Bevelled per copy SEND FOB LIST OF ALII EDITIONS ON ORDINARY Sales nearly One Million Used by over One Thousand AND PRICES FROM TO Theological and other Works on Sale In the Book in nearly all cases at 25 per Send for HENRY PUBLICATION MEMORIAL SCALE OF CHARGES FOR and each per inch 10 0 Column on Page 8 76 Ordinary Position 50 Paragraph Advertisements under per Advertisement THE CHRISTIAN A By ARNOLD Chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Post PAGB LEADER The Great Optimism STRONG AND 106 TOPICS THE SEBMONS THE By Shan Bullock ON OUB BOOK SHELVES LITERATURE The Scholar as LITERATURE 109 VERSE FOB THB 110 BY THE 112 BRITISH AUTUMNAL MEETINGS o1 THE CONGREGATIONAL UNION FREE CHURCH By LETTERS TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY FUND THAT OUR DATS ABE CROWDED A COMPLICATED BURIAL LESBOS By Wayland of Christian En deavour CALENDAR NEWS OF THS CHURCHES 117 THE Conducted by Arnica 118 THE HOME For the Children An Old Bat 119 All communications should le addressed to The Managing THE THE GREAT 113 114 115 116 BURROWS 21 Furnlvnl THE Bible is the most audacious book in the and in nothing is its splendid audacity more apparent than in its magnificent and uncompromising From cover to cover the Bible breathes the spirit of hopeful ness and The talk and literature of our day are depressingly Men are impressed as they never have been before by the misery and pain and sadness of Our novelists write doleful and ourjpoets sing in the minor and their message is one of deep Bat the old even in face of the bitter and tragic facts of this mortal never loses It is bravely and serenely confident that this life means intensely and means To turn to it from the literature of the day is like emerging from some enervating valley where strength on to the mountain top where the bracingbreezes and every breath of wind brings new vigour and life to onr in one of his soulstirring bids his readers close their Byron and open their the hectic English poet for the and hopeful But we have a better refuge than Let us leave Matthew Arnold and Ibsen and Thomas Hardy let us leave our dreary novelists and wailing poets let us leave them and our When we are wellnigh in despair because We see the world around us so full of wretchedness and woe when we are broken in spirit because we can feel nothing but its sadness and let us open our reservoir of spiritual ozone that its health giving breezes may blow upon We shall find new strength and fresh hope in the splendid optimism of the old culminating as it does in the magnificent and daring statement that all things work together for good to them that love All things work together for good 1 It is a hard saying 1 In face of the pain and sorrow and sadness of life who can believe it It help us a little if we notice what it is exactly that the Bible here The Bible does not say that all things work together for our ease and for our Carlyle drew a distinction between mere happi ness and Now most men are intent upon seeking but according to the blessedness is the true end of and blessedness consists in purity and strength of Pain and suffering do not conduce to but they may conduce to blessed ness they do not work together for our pleasuie and but they may work together for our Jesus never Blessed are they who get through life He never Blessed are they who suffer no He never Blessed are they who endure no pang of No blessedness comes by discipline and trial and Therefore Christ saidy Blessed are the poor in Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after Blessed are they that Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness1 But even remembering that it is of blessedness rather than happiness the Bible is here it a hard All things There are times when we cannot When the sun is shining and the sky is blue when the home is happy and wife and little one are well when prosperity waits upon us and success attends our find it easy to read the statement and believe But there are times when the optimism of this verse is beyond It is high we cannot attain unto When the bank Ibreaks when business fails when health gives way when a dear child lies struggling for life when the blinds are drawn in the house and we talk in we cannot rise to this faith All we can do is to cry out of our darkness and mine All things When we sit in the shadow of a great grief we are drunk with and the words sound to us like a an a And let them All things work together for Pagan philosophers sought the blessings of life in noble good Jesus has made life bear able for the poor and the humble and tha
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