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my sins !
bling do I supplicate the forgiveness of all
Evening as well as morning would I wait upon thee:
“ for thou art good, and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call
thee in truth.” When I contemplate thy greatness, and think of my own unworthiness, I am ashamed and confused; but when I reflect that I am encouraged to address thee in the words of “ Our Father, who art in heaven," my heart is filled with joy, and my hopes are raised from earth to heaven; my fears are dispelled, and my abasement no longer overwhelms my fond and ardent expectations of being numbered among thy chosen servants. What are all things here below to me? Nothing is stationary: all pass away like the morning cloud, or mist before the wind. And “what shall it profit me, if I gain the whole world, and lose my own soul ? Or what shall I give in exchange for my soul ?” my
soul ?” Why should I be anxious for perishable objects, in preference to heavenly treasures ? Never, o blessed Lord; never let such sentiments and ideas occupy my mind. Never let my heart be fixed on what will not make me permanently and solidly happy. Let me not “ lay up for myself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal ; but lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal,” that "where
my treasure is, there may my heart be also.”* Teach me to be truly virtuous, and let me “delight to do thy will; fix
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affections on things above ; at all times under the wings of thy all-wise Providence ; shield me from the artifices of those who would take advantage of my inexperience; enrich my understanding with the knowledge of what is good and praiseworthy; and arm it against the shafts of ridicule, and the taunts and derision of ungodly men.
the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters of St. Matthew's Gospel, which contain our blessed Saviour's sermon on the Mount. A writer on this Gospel, thus concludes one of his lectures :-". O blessed God, how readily, how zealously, ought we to obey thee. Not for thine own sake, but solely for ours, hast thou given such holy laws for our direction—so shining an example of virtue for our model, and so many forcible incentives and motives for our becoming wise and good. Oh, that we were never weary in labouring at improvement; at the advancement of our spiritual, our everlasting perfection, and thus run with courage and constancy towards the glorious prize which thou hast set before us.”—Lodge's Lec
I beseech thee, O Lord God, to accept of my grateful and humble thanks for all that thou hast done for me, but I fear I have neither loved thee, served thee, nor obeyed thee, as I ought to have done. Forgive the frailty of my nature ; correct the errors of my conduct; “ graft in my heart," more stedfastly and securely, “ the love of thy name, increase in me true religion, nourish me with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep me in the same."
Enable me to forsake
to and sin not, commune with my own heart upon my bed," and "walk before thee in newness of life." Let not sin reign in my mortal body, nor any sinful desires take possession of my soul. Give me a lively sense of the shortness and uncertainty of all things here below; wean my heart from the
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love of the world ; teach me not to be tou anxious in the pursuit of things temporal ; but give me a disposition to aspire after those unfading joys “ which are at thy right hand for evermore.”
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my soul and body, beseeching thee to watch over me for my safety and repose this night. Give me quiet rest and refreshing sleep, that I may
be fitted for the duties and employments of the following day. And when I have gone through my “earthly pilgrimage,” give me everlasting rest and peace in thy eternal kingdom, through the merits, and for the sake of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; who has taught me when I pray, to say, Our Father, &c.