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Darling Memorial Sketch Book
Our thanks to Ranald McIntyre for sending this into us. James Darling was Ranald's Great Grandfather

Prefatory Note

The subject of this short memorial sketch is a Christian layman, and it must be confessed that this is a department of Christian biography which has hitherto been too much overlooked. If it is not an unwrought, it is certainly an unexhausted mine. How many shining examples of Christian excellence in private members of our churches, and in "elders who have obtained a good report," have been allowed to pass away without a record to perpetuate by their example, their influence even, in the district in which they had lived and moved! The picture which I shall be called to present is not that of a man of great intellectual gifts,—though he was by no means deficient in these, and was remarkable for his commonsense,—but rather of one in whose character self-forgetting devotedness to the good of his fellow-men was the outstanding feature; and who, in helping the poor and needy, reclaiming the outcast, guarding the tempted, and encouraging those who had been brought back as lost sheep to the Divine Shepherd's fold,—and all this through a period of more than half a century,—made both the world and the Church his debtor. Nothing but the living power of Christian principle within him could have produced such a character. Those who were brought into intimate and frequent intercourse with him felt his example acting upon them as a moral tonic, and making it easier for them to do good, and they seemed to hear the words ringing in their ears—

"Work, work in the living present,
Heart within and God o'erhead."

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."

A. T.


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