Daily Readings

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Morning Bible Readings

Sunday, May 1 Psalm 23 [Easter 2]

Ezekiel 34:7-16
1 Peter 5:1-11
John 10:7-16

Monday, May 2
Acts 1:12-26

Matthew 15:21-31

Tuesday, May 3
Acts 3:1-10

Matthew 15:32-39

Wednesday, May 4
Acts 3:11-24
Matthew 16:1-12

Thursday, May 5
Acts 3:25 – 4:4

Matthew 16:13-20

Friday, May 6
Acts 4:5-12

Matthew 16:21-28

Saturday, May 7
Acts 4:13-22

Matthew 17:1-8

Sunday, May 8 [Easter 3]
Psalm 30
1 Kings 17:17-end
Colossians 3:1-11

John 11:17-27

Monday, May 9
Acts 4:23-31

Matthew 17:9-18

Tuesday, May 10
Acts 4:32 – 5:12

Matthew 17:19-23

Wednesday, May 11
Acts 5:13-21

Matthew 17:24-27

Thursday, May 12
Acts 5:22-32

John 18:1-7

Friday, May 13
Acts 5:33-42
Matthew 18:8-14

Saturday, May 14
Acts 6:1-6

Matthew 18:15-17

Sunday, May 15 [Easter 4]
Psalm 33:1-12

Isaiah 62:1-5

Revelation 3:14-end

John 21:15-22

Monday, May 16
Acts 6:7-15

Matthew 18:18-35

Tuesday, May 17
Acts 7:1-10

Matthew 19:1-12

Wednesday, May 18
Acts 7:11-22

Matthew 19:13-22

Thursday, May 19
Acts 7:23-34
Matthew 19:23-30

Friday, May 20
Acts 7:35-50
Matthew 20:1-16

Saturday, May 21
Acts 7:51 – 8:1

Matthew 20:17-23

Sunday, May 22 [Easter 5]
Psalm 84

Hosea 6:1-6
1 Corinthians 15:21-28

John 16:25-end

Monday, May 23
Acts 8:2-13

Matthew 20:24-34

Tuesday, May 24
Acts 8:14-25
Matthew 21:14-22

Wednesday, May 25
Acts 8:26-40
Matthew 21:23-32

Thursday, May 26 [Ascension]
Daniel 7:9-14

Mark 16:14-20

Friday, May 27
Acts 9:1-16

Matthew 21:33-46

Saturday, May 28
Acts 9:17-19

Matthew 22:1-14

Sunday, May 29 [Ascension Sunday]
Psalm 472

Kings 2:1-15

Ephesians 4:1-13

Luke 24:45-end

Monday, May 30
Acts 9:20-30

Matthew 22:15-22

Tuesday, May 31
Acts 9:31-43

Matthew 22:23-40

Noontime Bible Readings

Monday, May 2
Psalms 84, 145

Tuesday, May 3
Psalms 122, 146

Wednesday, May 4
Psalms 133, 147

Thursday, May 5
Psalms 98, 148

Friday, May 6
Psalms 114, 149

Saturday, May 7
Psalms 91, 150

Monday, May 9
Psalms 100, 145

Tuesday, May 10
Psalms 97, 146

Wednesday, May 11
Psalms 8, 147

Thursday, May 12
Psalms 87, 148

Friday, May 13
Psalms 15, 149

Saturday, May 14
Psalms 67, 150

Monday, May 16
Psalms 4, 145

Tuesday, May 17
Psalms 20, 146

Wednesday, May 18
Psalms 93, 147

Thursday, May 19
Psalms 121, 148

Friday, May 20
Psalms 128, 149

Saturday, May 21
Psalms 123, 150

Monday, May 23
Psalms 1, 145

Tuesday, May 24
Psalms 47, 146

Wednesday, May 25
Psalms 29, 147

Thursday, May 26
Psalms 124, 148

Friday, May 27
Psalms 113, 149

Saturday, May 28
Psalms 127, 150

Monday, May 30
Psalms 23, 145

Tuesday, May 31
Psalms 24, 146

Benches in the Shaker Chapel, Sabbathday Lake Maine
Daily Shaker Particulars

May 1

At one time while Mother was at Woburn, the males all being gone except a little brother of mine, nine years of age, we saw a large number of the wicked coming towards the house in mob array. Mother told us to fasten all the windows and doors excepting that which fronted the street, “and do you go and stand in that, said Mother, and don’t you let one of them come into the house.”

“We obeyed Mother, and all stood in the door and by the power and zeal with which she inspired us, we were able to keep them out. There was but one that even stepped his foot on the threshold.

While we were reasoning with them and trying to show them the inconsistency of their conduct, in coming there to disturb an innocent, harmless people who had no ill will towards them, but would do them good if it were in their power, they hung their heads and sneaked off, one by one, till all were gone but 4 of 5, who appeared to be respectable men, who came to see what the rest were going to do. These we invited into the house and we gave them a good supper.”

May 2

In relating the particulars of the mob at David Hammond’s in Petersham, she says, “They assaulted them with stones and beat, kicked and abused both males and females; many of the Sisters carried the marks of their kicks for a long time. While the stones were flying almost as thick as hail one hit me on the forehead and cut a gash, from which the bloom flowered profusely.”

Father James, on seeing this said, “Sarah, take a candle and go out and show them what they have done, and I will go with you and stand by you, while I have life.”

I obeyed Father, but before I got far, I heard the cry, “Mark the man who killed that man.” At this the mob fled in great terror.

May 3

In speaking of her journeying from Woburn to Watervliet four times in a year she says, “This journey I often performed on horseback, as the road was very bad and unsafe to be performed in a carriage.

Much of the road that lay through the woods had been recently cut through and many of the stumps of large trees and small snags were left to impede our course. In the winter the roads were many times drifted and sometimes in the breaking up of winter the traveling was extremely bad. I often used to get out and walk (when I went in a sleigh as I usually did in winter) for many times, the horse would plunge up to his girt in snow and water and at such times I have often gone more than mid leg deep.

When riding horseback at such times, the horse would plunge so that I was often in danger of being thrown from his back, but I clung to the pommels of my saddle, and put my trust in the power of God to protect me and I met with no harm. I did not mind my troubles much, for I was so full of Mother’s power that it supported me through all this.”

May 4

One time being in the room with Mother when she was under great sufferings and had lain down, I went to the side of her bed to see if she wanted anything that I could do for her, but as she did not move or open her eyes I went away softly without speaking. Mother soon asked, “Who was that which came to my bedside just now?” I answered, “It was I.” “Well, said Mother, you brought a whole tribe with you.”

May 5

I often heard Sr. Jemima Blanchard speak of Mother’s tenderness in dealing with her. She saw that she and Sarah Robbins used to talk together about it, and both felt sure that if Mother had dealt with either of them, as she did with the other, that neither would have been saved. Jemima said that if Mother had talked as sharp to her as she did to Sarah she should have been frightened away at once. Sarah saw that if Mother had been as tender and loving with her as she was with Jemima, it would have made no impression upon her.

May 6

Mother never reproved Jemima but on one occasion. She came into the house where she was, just after she had retired to rest and called for her. Having been broke of her rest a great deal, she was so sleepy, that she was rather slow in meeting the call. She heard Mother speak out sharp and say, “What! Sloth!” This grieved her to the heart, she felt as if she was killed outright. She grieved over it all night and the nest morning appeared sad and kept rather distant. Mother spoke sharp to her, for appearing so, but she could not rise above it.

Just as Mother was going away, she again spoke quite sharp and told her to leap. She obeyed as well as she felt as if she could but was rather clumsy about it and still kept her grief.

May 7

Father James and Father Calvin stopped and spoke a few words of comfort to her. Father Calvin told her how bad he felt the first time he was reproved. They took their handkerchiefs from their necks and asked her to do them up as soon as she could and bring them to them.

She thought they were afraid she would not go to meeting and did this, that she might be obliged to go. This pacified her a little, but none but none could heal the wound that Mother had made. Her smile was sunshine, and her frown was perfect darkness to her. She went to meeting, but kept at a distance from Mother, labored out the other side of the room. Father James watched her movements and slipping out of the south door of the meeting room, went round to the east door, near where she was laboring.

He pushed her towards Mother till she came close to her. Mother put out her arms and embraced her saying “Come, Come, you shall be the least bantling Mother’s got.” She then felt so much love from Mother that it took away all her grief and she felt nearer to Mother than ever.

Still she felt mortified that she could bear reproof no better and when she would hear others reproved sharply, who she knew were greatly her superiors and she remained untouched, she used to feel ashamed of herself and when Mother would speak sometimes of children being spoiled by indulgence, she would take it and feel reproved.

May 8

She used to admire Mother Hannah Kendall’s brave spirit in bearing reproof. She knew to her being kept on her knees a long time one night under severe reproof and mortification. She could hear a faint groan from her occasionally but did not see, hear or feel anything like un-reconciliation.

At one time there was quite a company going with Father James to a meeting. It was in the evening and it snowed fast. After they had started Father James, being in the forward sleigh, stopped, and enquired if Hannah Kendall was in the company, it was found that she was not. Father said it was a mistake, he wanted her to be a help as she was somewhat acquainted at the family where they were going. So, he desired a brother to go back after her. They all waited until she arrived. They were so crowded there was apparently no room for her; but she told them if they would make room for her to set one foot she could go, and they made it out.

On arriving there she took the management of getting supper for all the company. And Father told her to be sure and have potatoes enough, for there were a great many hungry people. When they were eating Father assisted in waiting upon the table and before all had done, he went to Hannah after more potatoes and found there were none. Father reproved her before the whole company for not being obedient, but she appeared perfectly submissive and the next morning attended to getting breakfast as cheerful and pleasant as if nothing had happened. The first Elders used to call Mother Hannah “Valiant.”

May 9

Sr. Jemima told me that there were very strange operations and signs at the Square House and Mother would sometimes appear to be in a labor to know what they meant. She heard her say at one time that she never saw anything like it before, “But, (said she after a pause) it is of God and it is not for me to condemn it.” She saw this had been an instructive lesson to her, not to judge or condemn any gift because she could not understand it.

May 10

At one time Jemima herself had a very singular gift. She saw hell open and she seemed to be on the brink in imminent danger of falling. In her efforts to keep out of it she crept around the room on her hands and knees, uttering the most heartrending cries.

Mother stooped to her and in her agony, wringing her hands, she got hold of Mother’s apron. She knew not what it was, or that Mother was near her, but it felt like a comfort and support to her and she kept winding it around her hands. Mother followed her round the room sometime in that position and then took it off and let her have it.

Then she was told afterwards, as she knew nothing at the time of what was passing. Her Sister Phoebe afterwards fell away, and she thought this gift was the sign of her situation.

May 11

One time there came a young man (Israel Longley) who had some faith, to meeting at the Square House, in company with some who had been there before in bad company. Some of the young Believers being very zealous raised a war and drove them all off together.

Father James felt very sorry, as he had invited this young man to come to meeting and bring the young woman to whom he was expecting to be married, in hopes that she would receive faith and they might both be gathered.

Under this severe disappointment Father spoke a few words of disapproval as though he thought some of them had privilege enough to have learned some wisdom.

Mother checked him immediately by saying, “James what do you know about that man? These people have taken us into their houses and ventured their lives for our sakes. You know no more what is in me than you know what is in the heart of the earth.” Father meekly replied, “I know it Mother.”

Thus did Mother hold her infant children in her arms, while she gave them an opportunity to see how submissively Father could bear reproof, at the same time that his soul was grieved and vexed at what felt to him like the loss of souls, causing them to pity him and love him the better although he had found fault with them.

May 12

I have heard Sr. Jemima say that Mother and the Elders were the most refined in their manners and conversation of any people she ever saw. They always called people by their proper names, never abridged names. They said that in England none but the most vulgar called people by such names as, Tom, Bill, Sam, etc. She said she once heard Mother correct a woman for saying, “O dear me suz!” She said that suz was no word, they might say “O dear me!”

May 13

Sister Deliverance Cooper told me that she used to work in the kitchen at the Square House when Mother was there. Mother used to frequently come into the kitchen and instruct her about cooking.

At one time there had been a great deal of company there for a long time, and the cupboards and kitchen had become quite dirty. After some of the company had gone, she and Tabitha Green went to cleaning. After everything was cleaned up nice, Mother came downstairs and looked all around; opened the cupboard doors and sniffed. Then she would say, “How sweet you smell.” She then hugged and kissed them both.

May 14

She said that Mother (being very fleshy) used to suffer much with heat, and that in very warm weather she would frequently sit on the cellar stairs, to get away from the heat.

May 15

Sister Beulah Cooper while on earth told me many things about her experience in the gospel and of a work that took place in these parts, previous to Mother’s arrival.

Having previously seen this place in vision while in England, she sent Daniel Wood to prepare the way for her coming. He found quite a company of the followers of Shadrack Ireland, who like their leader had lost their true light, having begun in the spirit and ended in the flesh. Sill many had not lost all their convictions yet lacked strength and power to keep themselves from the world.

Some were anxiously looking for further light and some few even maintained their integrity till Mother came. Such were peculiarly noticed by Mother and the Elders among these were Abel Jewett of Littleton, Zacchaeus Stevens of Harvard and Beulah Burt of Shirley

When the latter told Mother her experience, how she had maintained her ground against an opposing husband, Mother told her she should be her Little Sister.

May 16

One incident in her experience was interesting to me. One night after sustaining an unusually severe conflict and had suffered abuse, but had been miraculously preserved, she dreamed that she saw the Savior who smiled upon her and said, “So I have shielded you, and so I always will” And He was true to his promise.

May 17

Many received Daniel Woods’ testimony, but the Coopers and others who had been deceived by Ireland were cautious about receiving anything that they could not see was on a sure foundation.

Those who received the testimony through Daniel were very wild and strange in their gifts, but they had great power. I heard Sr. Jemima say that she never saw greater outward operations than among those who received the power of Mother’s work previous to her coming. They did not confess their sins but received faith in Mother and were ready to receive her at her coming. She told me that at one time she saw Sarah Jewett, (one of the number’s above named) riding horseback, when she was lifted up by the power of God, so that she could see the horse’s back and the saddle on which she rode at every leap, until she was at a considerable distance.

May 18

Beulah also informed me concerning their gifts. She said that Sarah Jewett came to their house one time under operations in company with Deborah Williams who was in the same work. She went out into the door yard and picked up her apron full of all kinds of rubbish and brought it into the house, then flung it on the floor and jumped upon it and stamped and warred powerfully.

This she took for a sign to her to show her the worthlessness of her religion. Beulah’s parents were followers of Ireland and she was one of the holy children, as they called such as were born under the sanction of their spiritual marriage after they lost their power, to bear a full cross against the flesh and she had seemed to inherit a religious feeling which was quite offensive to their new light.

She thought she dressed quite plain, but they made sign of dislike to her hair comb, so she took it out of her head and flung it across the room. They stamped upon it and broke it in pieces.

May 19

Once when they came to their house, they sat down on their feet, put their hands under their knees and hopped or jumped across the room in that position.

But all their labors could not prevail on her, or any of the family to embrace the testimony until Mother came; then they felt a spirit and power which they could not gainsay or resist and although they had their plans laid for future life, they forsook all and followed her in the regeneration.

May 20

Beulah used to spin in the same room where Father James wove at the Square House. He used to ask her about Daniel Wood’s followers and would laugh and be quite pleased at her relation of them.

She knit a pair of long stockings for him. He told her he was not particular about them, all he wanted was that they should exactly fit him.

She told me that she confessed something of her temptations to him. – He stamped upon the floor and told her never to let him hear anything of the kind again. She said this helped her to gird up her loins and to resist temptation.

May 21

Brother Nathan Willard related that some of those who had spoken against Mother and the Elders, he had formerly been attached to in his feelings and respected as being honorable and upright people and he felt very much distressed at the state they were plunging themselves into, so that it seemed like an insupportable burden to his spirit.

Suddenly the power of God fell mightily upon him and raised him entirely above it, so that he spoke aloud and said, “I had as belief that my relation would go to hell as anybody.” After this he felt entirely cut off from his opposing relation; he told me he had never lost that gift.

May 22

He was present one time with Mother when a man came in, holding his hands behind him. Mother admonished him for it, as being an idle, lazy position and asked him what a man could perform with his hands behind him. He could not even feed himself. It was a position wholly at variance with usefulness or self-defense. (This is the spirit of it, I will not attempt to give it in her words, although he did.)

May 23

When I was quite young, I heard Br. Nathan tell how Father James would speak of the beauty and glory of the rising generation. I cannot remember much that was said, but he would give a very vivid impression of it. I recollect this expression “They shall sip at every rose and smell at every lily.” I understood this to mean that they should enjoy every blessing and possess every grace which the gospel gives.

This alluded to those in particular who are brought up in the gospel and prove faithful. Sister Elizabeth Jewett told that she was first introduced to Mother by her brother Joseph. “She told him to be kind to me,” said Elizabeth, and Mother was very loving and kind, but nothing moved my feelings like their singing, it seemed like the music of the angelic host.” She received faith and confessed her sins but went back to Pepperell (the place where she lived) and remained awhile with her aged parents, according to Mother’s counsel. But Mother afterwards felt a gift for her to move to Littleton into Aaron Jewett’s family and she did.

May 24

She told me that Mother taught them not to suffer people to slander her and the Elders in their houses, where they had the right of authority and that in the strength of her gift, she commanded a man, who came into the house where she lived and began to talk against Believers, to leave the house and he obeyed.

May 25

I have heard Sister Sarah Crouch say that Mother and the Elders taught them that no soul would ever travel one step in the way of God, only in tribulation.

May 26

Sister Eunice Wilds told me that while Mother and the Elders were at her father’s house in Shirley, that his father’s sister, Dorcas, came there to see Mother. She was dressed quite gay, having lost in some measure her early convictions. She was about 18 years of age. Mother reproved her for her pride, told her that she was a proud, haughty woman, and that if she was her child, she would strip her of her pride and told her that she must confess her sins. She showed that she felt Mother’s word but carried it out as if she did not mean to regard it. She attended meeting in the evening wearing her ornaments as before.

Mother again spoke to her, told her she must confess her sins and put away her pride as her soul would sink in misery and taking her by the hands, she gave her a slight shake.

Dorcas was immediately taken by the power of God and was operated upon mightily for the space of an hour, I should think. During this time, she pulled off her ornaments and flung them into the fire; when she got through, she was ready to confess her sins. She did so and was ever after a good Believer, much beloved by Mother and the Elders.

May 27

Sr. Eunice was a child when Mother was there, she is one of those alluded to in the Millennial Church who had ideals in their profession. I have heard her speak of it; they consisted of ornaments such as necklaces etc. and silver teaspoons. She saw that the feeling she received from Mother made her willing to give them up. But her worst trouble was, that in going to school the scholars persecuted them so, for being stripped of their ornaments, that her parents would not let them go to school. This felt like a great sacrifice to her, as she was very fond of her school and had ambitions to learn. But she felt willing to make even this sacrifice for the love she had to Mother and for the salvation of her soul and young as she was, [She was in her 10th year] she received that faith from Mother and the Elders, that carried her safely through all the trials and temptation of youth, though many of her companions and some of her father’s family, fell by the way.

May 28

She lived with Mother at the Square House about a fortnight. At one time Mother was so sick she lay down for a short time, but she could not be at rest. Father William, feeling unable to live without her council came into her room, and kneeled by her bedside. She heard him say, “Mother, I am exceeding sorrowful.” She did not know all that Mother said, but thought she gave him instructions concerning laboring with some people for whom Father felt great concern.

May 29

Br. Phineas Pratt of Shirley being requested at one time in my presence to tell of something he had heard Mother say, said that he heard her say that she should never go to rest till every elect soul was called in.

May 30

Great pains were taken by Mother Ann and the Elders to instruct the Believers in the care and management of temporal things. They were often taught to be industrious, to put their hands to work, and their hearts to God, to be neat and cleanly, and observe good economy; to use the things of this world as not abusing them; to be prudent and saving, and let nothing be lost, or wasted through carelessness, or neglect; to avoid equally, covetousness, and prodigality; to be kind and charitable to the poor, and to keep clear of debt.

These things were strictly enjoined upon the Believers from time to time, as matters of importance, in order to secure a spiritual blessing. For it was always held up as a doctrine of truth, and which was abundantly proved by experience, that those who were unfaithful in temporal things, could not find the blessing and protection of God in their spiritual travel; hence, a faithful and wise improvement of their time and talents in the things of time was essentially necessary in order to inherit the true riches.

May 31

On a particular occasion, Mother Ann spoke to Zeruah Clark as follows, “Be faithful to keep the gospel; be neat and industrious; keep your family’s clothes clean and decent; see that your house is kept clean, and your victuals is prepared in good order, that when the Brethren come in from their hard work they can bless you, and eat their food with thankfulness, without murmuring, and be able to worship God in the beauty of holiness. Watch, and be careful, don’t speak harsh, nor cast reflections upon them; but let your words be few, and seasoned with grace.”