TALKS FOR THE TIMES.
and where would we be in the morning? A homely
illustration this, I admit, and one to provoke a smile;
but, in all seriousness, I cannot conceive of a more
conclusive proof of God's intention that life should be
a constant delight than this perfect immunity from
care for our own physical organisms.
Again, it is an old adage that nature never forgives
sins, that her laws are like the laws of the Medes and
Persians, that over the portals of her temple are writ¬
ten, " The soul that sinneth, it shall die." All this
is true. And yet, though nature may not forgive
sin, she always sympathizes with the sinner. Physi¬
cians tell us that one of the most touching experiences
in their practice is the observation of how nature en¬
deavors to assist them in their treatment of the sick;.
how she responds to their medicine, and tries to re¬
pair the breach made in her own law; how, like a
tender nurse or fond mother bending over a wayward
boy, she tries to heal his wounds and revive him.
Whose wise and beneficent provision is this ? Who,
in the face of these facts, will rise and tell me that
"life is a burden imposed upon us by God"? Nay,.
it is only when I view life in this light, and couple
with it the thought of its eternal duration, that I get