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“ He who does not meditate has no real conscious
ness of being."
My friend hath pass’d away !
It cannot come again!"
Never! What words for feeble mortals—for they are words which have no bounds.
I shall never see him more, would be a phrase which we could not have power to pronounce, if we had not the blessed assurance of an existence after this life.
2.--A spirit destined for immortality should
be continually endeavouring (with the aid of the Holy Spirit) to improve its capacities of reflection and thought, elevating them beyond the narrow interests of this transient state of being
3.-Faithful servants of the Most High ! enduring with patient love and lowly submission the chastisements of your heavenly Father, you only have a right to make but one world of this world and the next. Nothing darkens your perspective, nothing checks your hopes.
What a noble spectacle is firm faith, bringing forth the rich fruits of virtue!
Oh, let it be our continual aim to rank with those who thus let their light shine before men, that they may glorify their Father who is in heaven.
“ Thus fares the man who hath prepar'd
4.-Bereavement tends to detach our thoughts from the world, and concentrate
them on things eternal. Life when a little protracted leaves us comparatively alone in the world. Our friends depart successively, and we feel solitary and pensive. Yet we must not dwell exclusively on the darker scene; but in the exercises of faith endeavour to realize the felicity of our departed friends, and to be in spirit associated with them in the world of light and glory where they now dwell.
Perhaps we do not derive the consolation which it is our privilege to do from Christian hope.—Watson's Life.
5.-It has been most truly remarked, that resignation is not the prostration of a weary and exhausted mind, bending to its destiny from the effect of palsied debility, or the incapacity any longer to indulge the natural love of life, but a voluntary and religious effort, flowing from perfect reliance in the wisdom and goodness of God, and an entire devotedness to him as a loving Father.
It is all of mercy! may be the watch-word of every believer.- 1b.
6.--They shall call his name Emanuel ! God with us! God with us! with us all ! with each of us; with us at all times, under all circumstances; especially with us in deep sympathy with all our sorrows, dangers, and sufferings. Therefore, though we may be in deep waters we may feel the rock firm beneath!
7.-It is frequently a benefit to be destitute of help or comfort from man, both as it urges us to seek the God of our spirits, and inclines him in mercy to grant it. When we do thus seek, believing, he graciously accepts the prayer
of those who are even driven to him as their last stay: he reproaches not our tardy application.
8.-Christians are too little aware what their religion requires from them, with regard to their wishes. When we wish things to be otherwise than they are, we lose sight of the great practical part of godliness.-Cecil.
9.-Schooling the heart is the grand means of personal religion.
10.--Recollection the life of religion. The Christian wants to know no new thing, but to have his heart elevated more above the world, by secluding himself from it as much as his duties will allow, that religion may effect its great end, by bringing its sublime hopes and prospects into more steady action on the mind.-- CECIL.
11.-The Christian will sometimes be brought to walk in a solitary path: God seems to cut away his props, that he may reduce him to himself. His religion is to be felt as a personal, particular, appropriate possession : he is to feel there is but one Jehovah to bless. To know Christ Jesus for ourselves, is to make him a consolation, delight, strength, righteousness, companion, and end.
12.—There is something in religion, when rightly apprehended, that is masculine and grand. It removes those little desires which are the constant hectic of discontent.
13.- death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?