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Written by W.M. Mitchell   

Dear Children:—We have been mercifully taken care of by the great God of heaven and earth for another month, and are again permitted the pleasant privilege of writing to you. Since we last wrote you there has been a two or three days’ rain, and, on Saturday night before the second Sunday in September, the wind blew very severely nearly all night, throwing down many large forest trees, shade trees, and also gardens, fences, and a few houses. What a terrible thing the wind is to us sometimes—causing great alarm lest we should be killed by it! But yet how could we live without it? We must have air to breathe, else we would die in a very little time. Without this air, which God has created and which he controls, we have no breath. He gives us and every other living thing, both life and breath, as you will find it written in your New Testaments, in the 17th chapter of Acts and the 25th verse. The wind is something that is invisible to us—that is, we can not see it with our eyes—yet we know there is such a thing, because we daily see and feel its effects; and as the blessed Jesus said to Nicodemus, we “hear the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, or whither it goeth” (see 3rd chapter of John.)

But we have said that the wind is under the control of God who made it, and so is every thing else which he has created. Whether the wind blows gently or furiously, it is but doing the bidding of its almighty Creator—for “he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him (Luke 8: 25) The Lord has his own method and way for accomplishing his purpose. When he designed to bring millions of people at one time through the sea, on dry land, he caused the waters to be divided by a “strong east wind” blowing all night, so that a channel was made through the Red Sea wide enough for about three millions of men, women and children to pass along, with a large wall of water standing on each side of them as they went safely through. That must have been a strong and terrible wind, indeed; but yet you see it was ordered of the Lord for good to that chosen nation, to whom he had promised the rich and fertile land of Canaan, and they must go through this Red Sea to reach this good land. So you see the blowing of that strong east wind, all that night, was to help the Israelites along in their journey.

Read the 14th chapter of Exodus.—M.

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