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we see that side which is turned towards the sun, she appears completely bright, and is then said to be full.” There are several other large stars called planets, which move round the sun, in more or less time than the earth, and we may suppose that they are worlds formed for a purpose as full of wisdom and mercy as our own, for we know that they are formed by the same Almighty hand.
When we behold the heavens thickly set with stars, filling an immensity of space, and when we reflect that, from any of those stars, our own world, big as it seems to man, and abundantly peopled with millions of intelligent beings, appears no larger to them than they to us, we are lost in the amazement of our own conceptions !
The body of the sun is supposed to be a million times bigger than the body of the earth. .
The only true account we can expect of the affairs of man in the early ages of the world, is to be found in Holy Writ, and the account given by Moses, from the Creation to the Deluge, a period of nearly 2000 years, is very short. All that we learn is the melancholy tidings of the rapid corruption of the ways of man after the first entrance of the devil and sin into this once happy world, and the consequent destruction of mankind by the flood. Of this awful deluge, as recorded by Moses, we have to this day sufficient proof in every quarter of the globe : proof that at some period the waters covered the face of the highest mountains ; thus leaving a sufficient proof of the punishment which visited a corrupt and sinful world.
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Great and manifold are the blessings which we enjoy from God, and it is impossible for man to be thankful enough for them. Daily are we fed by His hand; He it is who watches over us, refreshes us whilst we sleep, and, after quiet rest, raises us up to our several duties; He protects us during the day, and, in the evening, again gives us calm repose; there is nothing upon the earth but feels His goodness, the smallest insect that exists partakes of His bounty. He protects all, and He it is who findeth food for the worm, and for every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
If God takes such care of the smallest object upon earth, how much rather should he extend that care to man,-a being whom He has endowed with reason, whom He has raised so much above the brute creation, and made little inferior to angels. What advantages, what blessings does man enjoy! gifted with a mind capable of receiving the purest sentiments and of imparting them to others, he may be not only a useful and agreeable member of society, but may also obtain the favour and blessing of his God. These are blessings which we do not sufficiently appreciate and value. When we consider that there is an Omnipotent being who watches over us, and preserves us from dangers and temptations that there is one who looks, upon his faithful followers with a father's eye, who assists them in all their works, and watches all their steps, and who will lead them to eternal and everlasting happiness in a world to come; when we seriously consider this, surely our hearts will rise with gratitude to that most merciful and kind Father who has done so much for us, and who
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is ever ready, if we earnestly seek his aid, to assist and support us.
When we consider that it was for our sakes, to save us from everlasting misery, that he sent his only begotten Son into the world to be a sacrifice for sin, that for us He came down from Heaven, took upon Him the form of man, and endured all the miseries and insults of a life of continual persecution; and at last suffered the most cruel of deaths upon the cross; I say, when we consider this, we must think that we can make no sacrifice great enough in acknowledgement of such mercy. We read that at his birth, the Heavenly Host sang praises and glorified God; how much more cause have men to glorify him, since it was for them he was sent to call them to repentance, and to redeem sinners from everlasting death. Let us think of this and return thanks to God for every mercy that we receive at his hands.
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No. XIII. . TOM JENKINS said that he went to church only, to hear the sermon. Here was a mistake, which it is to be wished that every one who studies this little book will learn to set right. We do not go to church only to hear the sermon, we go to pray: to pray for our daily bread; for mercy and forgiveness ; for support under temptation; for consolation under sorrow. The minister's discourse is useful for reproof, for exhortation, for instruction; the medicine of the soul ja prayer.
411 Prayer is the true Balm; and Gilead has none more healing, more holy, than that which may be gathered from the prayers of our Church.
. XIV. The widow Watson, frequented the meetinghouse and the church too. She would talk about the doctrines of either pulpit. Here the churchman was at fault, here the dissenter, there the latter was just and true, there the former. Would it not be better if we indulged less in critical remarks on preaching, and studied, in deep humility, to repent of our sins, and seek for pardon through a Saviour's merits,-and cultivated Christian dispositions, and Christian lives?
XV. Bill the groom was very regular at his church, and also too regular in sleeping there. Imitate him not, ye who read this record of his offence.
Respect for sacred places is generally found with those who respect religion. Thus even when we are not met for public worship, we ought to shew respect to the house of God, whenever we enter it. The minister once met my neighbour Johnson in the church with his hat on, and though Johnson saluted his reverence with a low bow and bareheaded, yet the minister justly said, “ Johnson what is this? Do you make me of more account than God? Do you enter his sacred courts with your head covered, and yet doff your hat to me, who am but his servant? Whatever you do Johnson, shew a regard to God's. holy name, and a decent respect to His house, if you would have God to respect or regard you.”
XVII. Farmer Balman was a sober and serious man,
being withal a church-man, and regular in his at. tendance on the public worship for many years. On a sudden however, the farmer absented himself from his church entirely; and, on inquiring the reason, I found that he had quarrelled with the minister, and was considering this absenting himself from church, as a part of his scheme of revenge. I endeavoured to explain the folly and the sinfulness of his conduct, believing that many people who ought to know better, frequently act on the same principle. Should we give up a most important duty, and endanger our acceptance at the day of account, because we think ourselves aggrieved by a being as liable to error as ourselves? Is not this in truth, being revenged on ourselves ?
XVIII. Mrs. Ginger admired the church, and respecte the chapel, but some how or other she was very rarely seen at either place of worship. Polly would say it was rainy, or it was too hot, or the wind was too high, or it was too cold, or she had to make the boys a pudding, or, which was the main defence or citadel of refuge,--she had the rheumatism.
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Continuation of Short Meditations for the Aged, (see p. 296.) ; “ Now Eli was ninety and eight years old, and his eyes were dim that he could not see.”
1 Sam. vi. 15. We have in these few words a simple and touching image of the decay of nature. It is one that we