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“I saw another messenger flying through the midst of heaven, having everlasting good
VOLUME VII. THIRD SERIES:
Through the kind providence of our Heavenly Father, and the exercise of His preserving care, life and health are continued to us. Human life, at best, is only a journey—often long and toilsome ; yet, to the Christian, walking in the truth, it is nevertheless a happy pilgrimage to an immortal state of being. And each New Year's-day serves, like a mile-stone by the road side, to remind the traveller how much of the journey is accomplished, and how much, in the ordinary probability of events, remains to be traversed, as, with joyful heart, he hastens forward to his heavenly home. But we may not boast even of to-morrow, seeing that we know not what a day is to bring forth. Should we prove ourselves so wise in determination, and so persevering in effort, as to stand each day before God in the acceptable position which His love and favor have provided, and which all are free to choose or refuse, we may often say, in the full assurance of faith, and in the language of him who, in the spirit of prophecy, anticipated a resurrection from the dead, “ As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness : I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.” Or, with the poet
“ This life's a dream, an empty show!
0, glorious hour !–0, bless'd abode !
My flesh shall slumber in the ground,
And in my Saviour's image rise.” Man's earthly dwelling-place is but a shifting scene, soon to be rolled up as a worn-out scroll. It is but as a bubble, floating ir: the air, shortly to give place to that enduring and glorious inheritance, which is incorruptible, undefiled, and never to pass away. Such is the transitory character of the world in which man dwells. But nothing can be more con