of their hearts to Jesus.
We feel that God's people are praying for us; and surely the poor soldier, more than any one else, needs to be remembered at the mercy-seat.
Oh, that none may fall in battle till at the feet of the Crucified One they have found joy and peace!
My own heart is so sinful that I often tremble lest I may be a castaway, but in the mercy of God through Jesus Christ I hope.
I hope that the Christians of this land will pray that the peace of God may be sent into the hearts of all, that our rulers may rule in righteousness, and that the North may see its folly and guilt in seeking to subdue and oppress the South.
Two prayer-meetings were reported as held weekly in Jackson, Mississippi
, on behalf of Southern soldiers—one, a female prayermeeting, held in private residences on Monday; another held on Wednesday, at 5 P. M., alternately at the different churches.
Members of all denominations participated in both.
A correspondent writes:
A soldier from one of the Gulf States, whose company was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, was very sick.
A kind lady paid him a visit and found him delirious.
He gazed at her a moment and said: “Go away from me; you are not my mother.”
But her heart was too full of sympathy for the mother of whom the poor soldier was thinking to leave him. She waited until the fever had abated, and then she talked to him of his absent, loved mother.
Tears flowed down the sick man's cheeks, and that interview was a blessing to him, as also to the kind woman who had hunted him out.
Whose heart does not swell with tender emotions as he looks upon the noble soldiers who are flocking to our State, and thinks of the mothers they have left behind?
Oh, the anxious hearts, the tender tears, the earnest prayers of Southern mothers, as day after day and hour after hour they think of the loved ones far away on the battle-fields of the Old Dominion!
Reader, if you know anything of a parent's heart you will sometimes think of these mothers, and your prayers will ascend with theirs for a blessing on their sons.
What patriot and Christian but will thank God that an effort is being made to send colporters among the soldiers, through whose labors they may be instructed in the things that pertain to salvation.
Surely such an enterprise ought to have the sympathies, prayers and contributions of every Christian among us. The colporters may rest assured that every hour in every day some pious mother