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TO MISS N.

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LETTER XVI.

I have done myself the pleasure of working you a flounce. May you feel half the pleasure in wear

ing it which I have realized from your last token MY DEAREST M-:-I was concerned to hear of affection. Indeed, I often think of the kindness you had not received the attentions from * * I received from you and dear Mr. B.; and when which you expected. Let me remind you, my dear, depressed by long absence from almost all who are of what you already know, that every individual dear to me, I transport myself to F, once more has his own standard of kindness, and by that he is take my seat at your hospitable board, and listen regulated. We must not permit ourselves to every to the supplications at the family altar. May the occasion to think how we should have acted; but fire of devotion ever burn bright and clear on that remember, that what would be real unkindness in altar, and the sacrifice of praise ascend to your us is not so possibly in the case of another person, heavenly Father, like incense perfumed in the mewho views the subject in a different light. After all, rits of the dear Redeemer. Al, my dear Ann, we however, we are often unable to repress a sigh at sometimes think wealth important, health impor. the little attention paid by the generality of persons tant, ease important; but, after all, what is there of to the finer feelings of the heart. The truth is, we any importance, compared to walking closely with are by nature sclħsh; and it is only in proportion as God? Let us then aim, my dear, so to enjoy our religion prevails in the soul, that it becomes bene- comforts as to be led nearer to God by them, and volent, and concerned to promote the happiness of let us cheerfully resign them when called upon, every human being in every possible way. knowing that in all our sorrows, privations, and

It is our felicity to know, that a capacity for do- conflicts, Jehovah designs the good of our spirits. ing good is by no means confined to the learned; so I have lately suffered so much from pain, that I am far from it, ihey are often tempted to devote that the more gratified to hear of your health. I hope time to literary pursuits which ought to be employ- that invaluable blessing will be iong continued to ed in the active duties of benevolence. Moderate you. Since I last wrote, I have been much better; talents, like small coin, may be brought into use but within this fortnight unpleasant symptoms have every hour; while those talents we so often wish to returned, and I fearenjoy, can perhaps be seldom turned to advantage, After this statement, I need not tell you that I except for the gratification of the possessor. Indeed, suffer both by night and day; but O, my dear friend, I have often asked myself with severity, Why do I it is in the hour of suffering that we experience so much lament not having enjoyed the advantages most of the tender compassion of our Saviour. which others possess? Is it because I could have Pray that I may glorify him under all circumdone more good than is now in my power? Foolish stances. reasoning! does not my Creator know best what

How short are all our trials here, means are necessary to fit me for the station he desigas? Let me, then, in this, as well as in every

How light is every cross." thing else, acquiesce in his will, while I diligently Give each of the dear little ones a kiss for us. strive to improve the opportunities he has bestowed. May the blessing of the Almighty rest on them By the vigilant improvement of one talent, it may and on their parents! bé increased sevenfold. Part of our discipline here,

Your truly affecticnate my love, is to learn contentment; and, to render

MARTHA. this more easy in an intellectual sense, let us remember thc period is fast arriving when we shall

LETTER XVIII. be perfect in knowledge.

I know of no species of knowledge which may not in some way, or at some time, be consecrated to the service of the Most High. It is an insult to the

I NEED not inform you, my dear, that some of Almighty, while we profess to devote our talents to the adverse scenes of life are literally trials. They his honor, to let them lie aside and rust. Unwor- try the character. They reveal that character thy, indeed, is the most highly cultivated intellect both to ourselves and others. Sometimes they call of his acceptance; yet we know He will graciously for the utmost strength of mind, the greatest selfaccept the surrender of the meanest. Let us labor denial, and the constant exercise of prudence. If to render our intellectual faculties as little unwor- the individual possess none of these qualities, or thy of an offering to him as possible.

possess them only in a small degree, the mind becomes enervated, and perhaps never recovers ils proper tone.

On the contrary, if these qualities are LETTER XVII.

brought into action, they are strengthened, and the whole character becomes far more exalted.

You complain, my dear, of want of AFTER your very long silence, my dear Ann, your time. Now, I do not exactly know how you distriletter was exceedingly welcome; but really I'must bute it; but I certainly agree with you, that it is not be put off as I have been. I shall most certain-very desirable to appropriate some part of every ly call on Mr. B. to interpose his authority, unless I day to the cultivation of your mind. In attempting perceive an immediate reformation. Seriously, this, you must not be discouraged. Remember, my though, my dear friend, I am too much interested dear, it is not crowding the mind that makes us in your welfare not to be anxious for you to be a wise; hence, many who have comparatively little good correspondent.

leisure, have more real knowledge than others, who Happy am I to hear such a good account of you have all their time at their disposal. In one inand the family. What is the infant's name? I hope stance, knowledge has time to take root; in the dear William's mamma will be no way concerned, other, one plant is continually preventing the growth that he does not yet begin to display his eloquence; of another. It is frequently found, that where there she must remember that many have been long be- has been most blossom there has been the least fruitfore they began to speak; but then, in after life they fulness. Let us always endeavor to discriminate have often abundantly compensated for their delay between a well cultivated mind and an overburby speaking much to the purpose. How I should dened memory, like to have been present at the baptism. May all 0, when shall I be able to be actively employed we petitions offered be abundantly fulfilled. in the service of God? I am resigned and thank

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TO HER BROTHER,

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ful for my present comparative ease, because I hope strengthen the memory, &c. But here is Mrs. D. it will fit me for doing some good at a future period. with some plums for the little ones. If, however, I am not favored with the ability, What heart that feels and knows any thing of pray, my dear, that I may never want the inclina- love, but is refreshed and soothed by the simplicity tion.

of childhood ! O to be as å little child! My dear

baby, I am so glad to hear she is pretty well; and LETTER XIX.

yet I seem to grudge her growth, when I cannot

mark her daily progress; but I am consoled for this HAPPINESS attend you, my dear friend! It really thers talk of her; and many a fair dream, my

loss by knowing that she conforts you. Her bro appears a long time since I held communion with dearest brother and sister, no doubt we mutually inyou through this medium; so I believe I must even dulge, as we look forward and see these little creaindulge myself with scribbling a letter, especially tures spring into life. May Almighty God bless as I hope it will be the means of obtaining a benefit

. them, and make them blessings, is all the full Yes, my dear friends, I have a favor to ask of your heart can utter. And surely God will bless them; I want your special prayers. After Christmas I

yes, he will. am going to take a few little girls for the purpose of undertaking their education. I feel it is some

LETTER XXII. twing to engage to impart knowledge, even of the lowest description; but what is that, compared to cultivating the understanding and the heari, with a MY BELOVED ANN-You will be surprised to hea view to the eternal welfare of the immortal spirit! that I have relinquished my intention of receiving. Pray for me, my dear friends, that in this and pupils; not, indeed, from choice, but from necessity. erery other pursuit I may glúrify our God and It is no smali disappointment, at the moment I was Saviour.

hoping to live to some useful purpose, to be tbrown back into a state of unusual infirmity and partiai

helplessness. My days and my nights are weariLETTER XX.

some; but we know affliction springeih not from

the dust. Pray for me, that the language of my It is enough, my dearest brother-I will try to heart may ever be, “The will of the Lord be done in wait patiently, and say, with you, The will of the Lord be done. These few words, “ It is the Lord !" seem to me omnipotent. They hush the loudest

LETTER XXIII. storm. I suppose, before you receive this, dear E. will have left Cannon-street. I shall long for the time when you will meet at SM ; and hope the form a ready excuse for iny silence, if I felt less af.

The pain I am enduring would, my dearest -pain of separation will be amply compensaied by section for you than I do; but as it is

, while I can the pleasure you will enjoy at your retreat. As for me, 1 must be comforted by the idea of your happi. Indeed, my weakness makes me more anxious to

guide the pen, it must be employed in your service. ness. O the rest of heaven! who can tell what it will be after the common toils of life, but especially write; for I long for you, my love, to be benefited after pastoral anxieties and sorrows! Ah, my bro- by my afilictions.

God Almighty bless you, my dear, and help you ther, how often I think what he must be called to endure. *

to view all compromises with ihe world in the light that sickness, death, and judgment throw upon

them! Let us beware of approaching to the verge LETTER XXI.

of what we may suppose to be innocent. Let us

remember, that whatever destroys our sobriety of Ah, it was all in vain! The hearth was touched mind and renders is unfit for communion with God,

is dangerous, highly dangerous. and re-touched in vain; the fire was made to blaze in vain; in vain the dinner was prepared, and the

Pardon me this strain, but I am jealous of

you. homely dessert was spread! He came not to cheer our spirits and strengthen our faith. Well, the

LETTER XXIV. weather is bad, and perhaps he might have taken cold; so I will even bear my disappointment as he

TO HER YOUNGER BROTHER. roically as I can.

MY DEAREST BROTHER-I am not able to write to I believe, however, I must begin by confessing, you, but I avail myself of a hand which is ever at that notwithstanding all my efforts, my spirits are my service. Much it relieved the anxiety I felt on lower than usual. I hoped, and hoped; but here is your account, to see you and hear from your own the very day come that I thought wouli open to me lips that you were comfortable. I think of you a scene of usefulness, and provide me with the while lying on the bed or reclining on the chair. means of fort; but my hopes are disappointed. I think of you, and the ardent wish of my heart is, Pray for me!

that you may be useful; useful by your exertions, Well, we will change the subject. Do you wish your example, and your prayers. I, alas, can do to take a peep at us just as we are at this moment? no good. I am laid aside early in life; but you, Here is Miss C—' at the desk, F— sitting by my brother, have still the prize of health, with all the drawers, working away briskly. Charley is on its advantages, in your hand. May Jehovah hear my bed, playing with a few toys, and calling out me while I pray, that you may make the most dilievery minute, Look, look, look, at which I have gent use of them, and that my affliction may stir enough to do to express my feigned astonishment. you up to renewed devotedness. I know we how Andrew is at the table building a house, and taking to sympathize in the changes you have experienced; a geometrical lesson; by-the-by, I should tell you but be of good cheer; for though the ways of Prohow learned we are. ' No, no, I will not boast. I vidence are mysterious, they are ways of love; and must not tell you how carefully we cultivate the ere a few years have rolled away, you will give heart and the understanding; nor what pains we thanks for those trials which seem the most severe. take to draw forth the affections, regulate the I have bad the advice of an eminent surgeon : temper, fix the attention, quicken the perceptions, sometimes I think he may be of service to me; bui

TO THE SAME.

I am more inclincd to fear, that neither medicine

LETTER XXVI. nor regimen can be of much use. Pray for me,

TO MR. B my dear P-, that I may patiently suffer the will of God. Give thanks for me, also, that in this hour kind remembrance of me. It is indeed no small

DEAR SIR-I am obliged to you for your very of suffering I have so much to alleviate its pangs. privilege to have a share in the good wishes and How I long to be of service to you; but I cannot. fervent prayers of the excellent of the earth. Well, my brother, you must take the will for the deed; and when Providence has prepared your afflictions. May those consolations you so benevo

I was much concerned to hear of your repeated mind, I hope you will be indulged with

a competent lently wish for others, be ever realized by yourself portion of the good things of this life. Evening and your dear family, in the hour of perplexity and draws on, and admonishes me to close. Adieu, my sorrow. Ilong to hear how the concern fares in dearest B; may all the wishes of a sister's which you have recently engaged. Permit me to heart alight on you!

wish, that the blessing of the Almighty may rest Your ever affectionate

MARTHA.

on all the labors of your hands.

I feel much my absence from that dear spot in

which you are so deeply interested. May I solicit LETTER XXV.

you to supplicate not only that I may be blessed

here, but made a blessing! O how fast is life passTO MRS. B

ing away, and as yet how little have I done or MY TSAR FRIEND_That part of your letter re- suffered for the Redeemer! lative to the Sunday school gave me real pleasure.

I hope ere this you are able to renew your work I assure you, before twelve months are lapsed, I of love among the dear children. I believe many expect to have the gratification of hearing that you of them are more attentive to your exhortations rival us. Expect much, my dear, and then you are than you allow yourself to imagine. May the seed likely to pray for much; and where much is asked, which has been sown with so much care, take deep much will be given. After all, the best plans will root, and finally spring up to yield an abundant go but a very little way towards the prosperity of a harvest; and in that great day, when hidden things school. Its teachers must be persons of prayer, shall be made manifest, may it appear that your persons whose minds are deeply impressed with sacrifices, your anxieties, and your prayers were by their infinite obligations to redeeming love, and no means in vain. In that day, how many will bit. who are anxiously concerned to bring the dear terly regret, that they made no more sacrifices for children to Jesus. Let this, my dear, be our con- the good of souls! but, who will regret that they stant aim, and then, though we should see no fruit made too many? O io act, to think, and to speak year after year, we need not be discouraged, know- as having that day ever in view! Then, when we ing who hath said, " In due time ye shall reap if meet the Redeemer, may we be felicitated by hear. ye faint not.” Those who sow in the youtniui ing him say, “I was ignorant, and ye instructed mind must in general wait long ere the seed spring me; sick, and ye visited me.". up; but oh, when the time of reaping comes, who Remember me affectionately to Mrs. B. May does not exclaim, "This is worth all our exertions, the peace of God, which passeih all understanding, all our prayers, and all our fears?" Similar to this rest on you! Yours, respectfully, were my feelings lately, when I saw one of our

MARTHA REED scholars go forward to the sacred board. With this I send the rules we adopt. The ac

LETTER XXVII. companying papers are pasted on boards, and hung up at the head of each class. By this means all the children are taught at once, and considerable time WITH what cheerfulness, my dear Miss H., is saved for their spiritual instruction.

should I take up my pen, might I hope to be of any Winter is making rapid advances. How ad service to you. But what arguments can I use that mirably the changing seasons are adapted to im- have not been used ? What promise can I point out press our spirits with a sense of our own mortality; to you with which you are not already acquainted ? and surely if we are properly affected with this I can sympathize with you, I can pray for you; but consideration, it will lead us to self-examination. alas! what can I do more? Yet I'must write a few

It is long since we met. A winter and a summer lines, merely to show you, that though it is not in have passed away.

my power, yet it is in my will to comfort you. One During this period what advances have we made cause of your present distress I doubt not is your in faith, in holiness, in love, in humility, in peni- viewing the character of the Deity in a wrong tence, in spirituality, in gratitude, in meekness ? light, or looking at some of his perfections to the For myself, I have deeply to lament, that, notwith exclusion of others. Surely you have forgotten standing the rich culture I enjoy, I am continually that the Divine Being is love. Ah, do not, I becompelled to exclaim, “My leanness, my leanness!" seech yon, think of him merely as an inexorable Yet I hope I have learned to exercise more depend- judge ; but think of him as the God and Father of ance on the Saviour. As we see more of ourselves, our Lord Jesus Christ. Be, thankful, my dear, that my dear friend, Jesus will be more precious in our you feel yonr need of the Saviour; and wait paeyes. Let us rejoice that God has promised to com- tiently till he reveals to you your personal interest plete his work; and that we have not been permitted in the covenant of his grace. Many eminent saints io return to the world. If we have any desires for have been suffered to walk in darkness for years; communion with him, any faith in the Redeemer, but what sinner did we ever hear of, who wished to any dependance on the Holy Spirit, let us praise be made holy and accepted through the Redeemer, him for his past goodness, and supplicate still larger that was finally rejected ?

As it relates to your departed relative, let me beg Remember me very kindly to Mr. B- -, and you to endeavor to dismiss the subject. When once tell him, if you can, how anxious I am for his an individual has quitted our world, it is not for us prosperity.

to decide on his state. I hope and believe, that God May the Lord bless you temporally and spiritu- will render the preaching of his word effectual to ally, and finally administer to you individually ad your comfort and consolation. abundant entrance to his everlasting kingdom. I well recollect being in a similar state of mind Youss, affectionately,

MARTRA. to yours. Fearfulness came upon me, and horror

TO MISS H

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blessings.

TO MISS B

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overwhelmed me. I chose death rather than life. seemed bound up. Ah, there is a melancholy pleaBut God watched over me, and caused this dark- sure in retracing those paths which I have trod with ness gradually to subside. Let his goodness to me anguish, and in fancying I once more behold those encourage you. Do not be dismayed if you cannot spots which have witnessed my sorrows. Alas, for ascertain one evidence of Chrisiian character.- me, that I feel so indifferent io Him who is my reCome to Jesus as a sinner. If he seem to disregard deemer, my life, my all! Pray that I may love him you, tell him (for he kindly permits us to do this) with all my soul, and mind, and strength; thar I he has promised to cast out none. Wait on him, may so love him, as not to be able to enter into soand whatever you doubt, doubt not his willingness cieiy, without endeavoring to kindle around me to save. Time forbids my adding more. May he this holy flame, nor to give rest to my spirit, while bless you with peace, and make your latter end to there remains a human being over whom I have increase greatly.

Yours affectionately, any intluence, who is unacquainted with his match-
MARTHA REED. less glories! Do not let us exclaim, as the lan-

guage of despair, What can we do? but let us utter LETTER XXVIII.

this exclamation in faith, and God will find us employment. Adieu, my dear; send me particulars

of yourself, and a piece of spar for my chimney. PERmt me, my dearest Eliza, to express the sym- piece, that I may look at it, and say, it came from pathy I feel for you under your present trial.- my friend.

Your affectionate Thanks be to God, you are no stranger to the source

MARTHA. of true consolation. Let me, however, remind you of the sympathy of Jesus a sympathy inconceiv

LETTER XXX. able and inexhaustible. Remember, my dear, the character he sustains. He bears the name of friend, of father, of elder brother. And ah, how well does Much as I am pressed for time, I cannot but write he fulfil ihe tender relationships they imply. It is a few lines to you, my dear friend, in hope they will beyond the power of man, it is beyond the power of reach you before your departure. I rejoice that angels, to describe his faithfulness as a friend, his you can ask for the fulfilment of that gracious procare as a father, his tenderness as a brother. O that mise, “ I will never leave nor forsake thee.” O that you may be enabled, under this and every trial, to you may at all times feel your interest in it, and contemplate the Saviour as yours in all his charac- then you will be able to go any where, or become ters. I know not that I can wish you a greater any thing, with cheerfulness and gratitude. Rest blessing. But is it necessary for me to remind you assured you are always the subject of my sympathy of the sympathies of Jesus ? O no, it is already and my prayers. Supplicate for me that I may live done by every thing around you. Yes, we see, we

to the glory of God. "I feel that I am nothing; but feel, his tenderness in the trifling occurrences of this should not discourage me, for Jehovah can each passing day; in the looks, the words, the ac- make the meanest vessel a vessel of honor. tions of our associates. We see it in their smiles,

Farewell, my dear. May the angel of the covewe feel it in their progress. What shall we render nant guide you, and send you prosperity ! to that God, who has brought to light those joys

Your affectionate which endure for ever, and opened a new and liv

MARTHA. ing way to his heavenly habitation ! There the inhabitant shall no more say, I am sick, and the

LETTER XXXI. days of his mourning shall be ended.

I am not much better; the winter is unfavorable to me. I wish, however, to commit myself patiently your kind inquiries and your affeciionate solicitude

I FEEL much indebted to you, my dear friend, lot to God, and wait his will

. Be assured your joys for my beloved father. Last Thursday he was able and sorrows are ever mine. Your affectionate,

to sit up for a few hours, and since then he has MARTHA.

made considerable progress. What renders his

recovery the more remarkable is, that only a few LETTER XXIX.

days ago we received information from

quite sufficient to retard his amendment. Thus TO THE SAME.

mercifully is the Lord dealing with us! Let us wait The evening is lovely, the sky looks beautiful upon him, and be of good courage. He who is so and serene; how much I should like a gentle ram- ready to communicate spiritual blessings, will not ble with you, my dear friend, over some of the de- with hold from us any good thing. lightful bills by which you are surrounded. Well, I can say but little of my own health. Last Wedit is of little consequence, if we do bul meet to- nesday I was seized with a violent pain in the optic gether in the heavenly world.

nerves, which affected my sight; and soon atier, It is nearly seven years since our friendship com- the whole of that side was attacked with a dead menced. Have we assisted each other as much as stupid feeling. After this statement, I need scarcely we possibly could in the way of holiness? Have tell you I am in constant danger of a stroke; bat, the trials we have mutually suffered increased our my dear, I am in the hands of God, and that is patience, our meekness, and Christian charity enough, quite enough! Excuse this short letter Have our mercies filled us with gratitude, and led from

Your affectionate us to a simple reliance on the providence of God?

MARTHA. Alas! I feel compelled to exclaim with the poet, "O how exceeding short I fall

LETTER XXXII. of what I onght to be!" I have left my dearest brother's, and it has cost MY DEAR FRIEND—It gave me great concern lu me more than I ever thought it would; but I can hear of your illness. I hope you are by this time and do rejoice in his happiness, though I have no completely restored. You have, indeed, proved, longer the felicity of waiching his looks and obey- that it is ihrough much tribulation we must erter ing the language of his eye. O that I may learn the kingdom. Well you have proved, also, that our wisdom from the pain I have so deeply felt, in being God is faithfulness and truth. hope you are enrepeatedly separated from those in whom my life I joying much of the divine presence, or, if you are

TO THE SAME.

TO THE SAME.

walking in darkness, that you are still staying your- Have I, however, any right to this consolation ? I self on the Lord. My Sabbaths here are my worst am often at a loss to discover any resemblance to days. I sigh, but sigh in vain, for those privileges the Saviour. If I do resemble hin, the likeness is with which I was once favored. Pray for me that faint indeed; and yet I would still be aiming at the my present trials may be sanctified so as to cause mark, and pressing forward for the prize. the seed, loug since sown, to spring up, and bring 12. Since I have been from home, I think I have forth much fruit.

learned to set a higher value on the means of grace. May the Almighty bless you, my dear, and cause May I never forget, that, where much is given,

much you to prosper more and more till you are dismissed will be required. Truly I have been ied with the from this vale of tears, and admitted to the joy of finest of the wheat! I expect to reach home in a few your Lord.

days. From this period may I patiently suffer, and Glorious period ! blessed are those sorrows which cheerfully obey the will of God! Oʻmy Father, prepare us for its approach. Your affectionate fulfil my spiritual desires; as to my teinporal con

MARTHA. cerns, I would have no will but thine.

What an un feeling heart I possess; my ingratiEXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNAL.

tude overwhelms me. Lord, undertake for me !

17. What a changing scene is this ! Parting October 13, 1813. A gentleman related at the from some friends and saluting others. Be anxious, dinner-cable the experience of a pious woman who then, my soul, more than ever, to prepare for that is recently dead. I lamented in myself the want of world where there is no change ! that bumility which shone so conspicuously in her.

18. What a variety there is in nature-we had If I had more bumility I should not have such hard some delightful prospects to-day! If our world is thoughts of God.

so beautiful, what must heaven be? Why, then, 24. The time appears long since I saw my family. have I so litile inclination to dwell upon its glories i O to be enabled to look forward by faith to the period when we shall enjoy the unceasing smiles of

“Rise, my sull, and stretch thy wings Jehovah, and the society of all our friends.

Thy beiter portion trace." 27. Had no opportunity for private devotion, 19. Arrived at home in safety. O for gratitude which affected my spirits through the day, and pre- to our preserving God! How innumerable have vented me from fully enjoying its public services. been thy mercies while away! How many calami

Slept at Mr. L.'s, and took the opportunity ties might have befallen mé! O that the kindness of conversing with the servant. O for greater zeal of Jehovah may influence my spirit! in the service of God!

20. Went to the funeral of a person to-day, who 28. I am now in the way to W- The road for some years previous to his death was blind and is finely interspersed with hill and vale. While ad. deranged. May I learn from this to be thankful miring them, I found it hard to set my affections on that I am exempted from such awful calamities ! things above. My soul is almost lifeless. O for 23. My mind is much relieved. I came home the special influence of the Holy Spirit, tha: I may full of anxiety; but God has dissipated my fears, enjoy communion with Jehovah.

and in the day of ternptation he has made a way for 30. Last night we travelled across PM From my escape. How seasonable is divine assistance ! the hill we had a fine view of the sea and surround- Help me, O Lord, to be very thankful for all tby ing country. There we were benighted, and hardly mercies. escaped a precipice, not being able to distinguish 24. I am afraid I do not cordially approve the the road; but my mind was preserved from alarm, plan of salvation. This compels me to say, “ Lord, trusting in Him who watcheth over his people at all search my heart, and try me, and lead me in the times. Descending the hill the horse fell

, but we way everlasting." were not injured. These occurrences forcibly re- 25. My mind was much impressed this morning minded me of the Christian's journey through life. with the shortness of life; consequently I saw more May the tender providence of Gud preserve us from beauty in the figures employed by the sacred writers all the dangers of the wilderness.

when they describe its vanity. We may well be Norember 3. I have been to much pain lately. O compared to a shadow, and the grass of ihe field, that I may learn to be more thankful for health and which to-day is, and to-morrow is cut down! How ease!

consolatory is the thought that Jehovah is the same, 5. A friend who promised to take me to the Sun and that his years change not. day school has neglected to call, and I am disap- 26. How sadly impatient I am at a trilling indispointed. How important it is to seize every means of position. Othat I could properly feel my depende doing good. I seem, in reviewing the past

, to have ance upon God! Health and all our comforts are lived only to myself. Lord, quicken me, and grant at his disposal. This is a pleasurable reflection. that I may return to my own dear little pupils with Does he behold me cleaving to the earth, and derenewed devotedness!' I trust this separation has pending on the streams instead of the fountain, he made me more solicitous for their spiritual welfare. can immediately imbitter them, or cause them to be O that I may have a deeper sense of my own in- dried up! Does he behold me bowed down with sufficiency; and then, if God permit me to be use- sorrow, and distracted by disappointments, how fal, I shall freely ascribe to him all the glory. Lord, soon can he scatter every cloud, and lead me by a revive my love io thyself, and help me to abound in way I knew not. Do I believe this?—then let me love to my fellow-creatures.

confide in Jehovah, and fear nothing. O how ele10. The Sabbath has past. In the evening the vated is the Christian's life, when he lives up to his text was, “Call upon me in the day of trouble.” I privileges ! need to be often reminded of this delightful obliga- 29. My mind has been much harassed of late tion. O to be favored with clear and scriptural with spiritual enemies, and anxiety for those who views of the Almighty, so that every hard thought are dear to me. But I hope God has imparted a may be for ever done away! Who could hope to confidence in himself that will still bear me up. Toovercome such powerful enemies as the Christian morrow is the Sabbath; and on that hallowed day has to contend with, had not Gol engaged to bring I trust we shall experience the renewal of our spi. him safely through? but since he has promised to ritual strength. defend his people,

who shall dare to despair ? What I am very weary to-night. What a mercy a comfort

, to be assured that God is on our side to have a bad to lie on, and reason to hope I shall

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