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Written by W.M. Mitchell   

Dear Children :—Casting around in mind what to write you at this time, we have concluded to say something to you about a Three Days Meeting, which we have an account of in the 15th chapter of Matthew. This meeting was very largely attended by nearly all classes, ages and sexes of people. There were “great multitudes” of men, women and children at that Three Days Meeting, and many of them had come a long distance on foot. There were many poor, helpless people there also, who had been kindly assisted by friends to get there, with a hope that they might enjoy the meeting and be greatly benefited. Some of these poor invalids were blind, others were lame; some were dumb and could not speak one word. But they had been informed of the Lord Jesus Christ; that he was good and compassionate to the poor and needy, and they wanted to be taken to him for relief. There was no fine house for them to meet in, but they went along and continued three days, until all their supply of provision was gone. It was a “desert place,” where no one lived to take care of such a big crowd.

Now, children, dc you not think that these people must have felt a great interest in that meeting, to have remained three days in the woods, and so far from their homes, without any thing to eat? No doubt many of them felt a deep concern, and their motives for going to that meeting were good. Some may have gone,—like some people now go to meeting,— to be in company, or from idle curiosity. But whatever their motives may have been, they were there. Jesus knew the motives, as well as the condition, of every one of them. He preached to them: and these poor, blind people, who could not see any thing when they left home, were made to rejoice greatly by having sight given them. The dumb ones were made to speak and sing for joy; and those who went there lame, were made to walk all right. So you see, children, that those who went there or were carried there in the worst and most helpless condition, were the most benefited; and they, no doubt, were the happiest people when that meeting broke up, of all the multitude who attended.

But as we can not now say much about it, we want to notice how that meeting broke up. Many of them had been made to feel very happy during their stay with Jesus in this “desert place,” but now how should they get home? They had nothing to eat, and if they should continue fasting till they could get home, they would be so feeble as to “faint by the way.” Jesus Christ knew all about them, and all about what would be needful for them and as the poor invalids,—such as the blind and dumb,—had been made to rejoice, he now determined to show compassion to the whole multitude. He says: “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat ; and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint by the way.” But “seven loaves and a few little fishes” were all the provision present; but by Christ’s blessing upon it, “four thousand men” eat of it, “besides women and children and were filled.” So that Three Days Meeting broke and all went away.

We think it would be well for parents how, as much as possible, to take their children along with them when they go out to hear the gospel preached. This they could generally do by adopting the ancient style, when they “ran afoot out of all cities” unto Jesus (Mark 6:33). M.


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