The Atlantic Monthly Volume 92

The Atlantic Monthly Volume 92

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... one might judge the attitude of the Lord toward the present mode of sacrifice. With a little effort of the imagination, one can conceive such an instrument treasuring up for future generations the record, " The United Church of Centreville offered to the Lord, last evening, a rummage sale; and the Lord had respect unto the offering of Centreville." The ideal of the Puritan Fathers--which was essentially that of Abel, namely, to give to the Lord the best of the flock--has suffered many changes on its way to the rummage sale. But in each of them there has lurked a thrifty desire to get much and give little, a desire to win the respect of the Lord at a minimum expenditure. It has been reserved to the rummage sale, however, to achieve a degree of shrewdness before which the imagination is dumb. Think of the delight of the first woman to whom the idea presented itself. She was, doubtless, some level-headed matron of the church who had labored long in the cause. She had baked cake for church fairs, and beans for church suppers, and made ice cream for festivals, and coffee for all three, till her soul was weary within her and her countenance reddened with fire. Then, in a flash, there came to her, some night, perhaps, when she laid her tired head upon her well-earned pillow and thought upon the future welfare of the church--there came to her a revelation of the possibilities of the attic In her mind's eye she saw, as in a dream, the roofs lifted from a hundred homes and the contents of a hundred attics exposed to view, --a harvest for the Lord, --old dresses and chairs and tables and hats, boots and shoes--too small or too big or too thick or too thin for the present owners, but sure to find a purchaser somewhere in the congregation....show more

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  • Paperback | 524 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 925g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236964535
  • 9781236964533