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A BOOK FOR BIRTHDAYS.
BY JOHN COX,
AUTHOR OF “OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST,
," "COMING AND KINGDOM,"
WARD AND CO., PATERNOSTER ROW.
NISBET AND CO., 21, BERNERS STREET.
EVERY human being has had a birthday, and once in each year the anniversary of that day comes round.
If it seem to any unnecessary to make such a common place remark, they may be reminded of the language of inspiration, “ A time to be born and a time to die.” No one needs to be informed of this as a matter of fact, while all need to be reminded of the same for practical purposes. So with birthdays, no one needs to be told that they were once born, and that their birthday recurs once in each year; but all need to be reminded of what is the great end of life, and to be stirred up to inquire on their birthdays, whether they are keeping that end in view.
The writer having found his birthday an appropriate season for grateful recollection, and penitent supplication, thought that a Manual for birthdays might be useful, and that Christian parents and others might be glad to avail themselves of such a little work, in order to bring eternal things before the minds of those dear to them, on a day when natural affection and spiritual solicitude are specially called into exercise.
The author's great desire is, that God may honour these meditations by making them the means of bringing many to know a new and heavenly birthday; a day which shall be gratefully remembered in time, and looked back upon with holy wonder, millions of years hence.