We have been delighted with this plant for many years now.  The neighbor up the hill was going to move away and she wanted to find a good home or her hibiscus plant, which was probably more that two feet high.  It was in a small pot and soon we repotted it. 






    For the summer it would be taken out side, but after some time we found it was doing so well in the porch that we would now leave it there for the summer and it did not need to readjust to the different climate of out doors. 












     The leaves stay a deep green all year and it blooms all year with big brilliant pink delights.  They are so wonderful that each one  brings many smiles of joy. 

























     I never dreamed this type of tropical plant could do so well in Canada in the house and keep blooming in the winter.  Praise the Lord!















"'One Flesh of Man'"  

"The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all." This proverb is well illustrated in the following story in Mr. P. A. Russell's "Characteristics":-  

Many years ago, before the days of railways, a nobleman and his wife, with their infant, were travelling across Salisbury Plain. They were overtaken by a severe storm, and took refuge in a lone shepherd's hut.  

The child had taken cold before they could find shelter, and the nurse began at once to undress it by the warm cottage fire. As she pulled off one rich silken garment after another, the shepherd and his wife looked on in odd silence.  

At last the process of undressing was completed, and little naked baby was being warmed by the fire. Garrett said, with all its splendid outer husks peeled off, its little body beginning to glow in the heat of the fire. The shepherd drew a long breath and exclaimed, "Why, it's just like one of ours!" 

It is not at all surprising that the simple shepherd judging from the gorgeous rappings, in contrast with the severely plain garments to which he was accustomed, thought that the nobleman's child was of a different order of beings from his own; and we are amused at his astonishment on finding that "there is one flesh of man." His error is a very common one. Many people look upon clothing as though it were a part of the body, whereas it is but a mark of the curse. The more the human body is "adorned" with clothing and jewels, the more is the fact emphasised that the natural adornment has been lost.  

Christ said, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; . . . . I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." The reason is that what we ordinarily call our clothing is not our clothing at all, but is clothing that we have taken from other creatures. The real clothing grows on the person or thing, as Christ intimated concerning the lily. Solomon, stripped of his royal trappings was certainly not so well clothed as a leaf; and even the most gorgeous apparel cannot stand comparison with the beauty that clothes the flowers.  

"Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." We are not to envy the rich, nor despise the poor, because of their coverings; neither are the poor to say of the rich, "They are after all no better than we," for that may not be true. Their outer covering does not make them better, but the beauty of humility and holiness may exist under fine garments, as well as under the plainest; but all are to pray, "Let beauty of the Lord our God be upon us," knowing that if our adornment be "the hidden man of the heart,"-Christ dwelling within,-He will at His appearing "fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of His glory."


May 15, 1902 EJW, PTUK 312