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profession. They seemed to come the house of God, he came hoptrembling, left they might difho- ing that he should return with a nor that holy religion, which they better heart ; but he grew worse had been led to view, above every and worse, till he was led to imathing else, precious. Our num- gine that there was no mercy for ber of admissions to the commun- him. It seems, says he, when I ion of the church has been thirty have taken one step, as if the next five, and from a judgment of cha would plunge me into irretrievable rity, it is expected that there may destruction. I was mored at the be ftill an addition.
conversation, at the fame time It has been viewed by the told him I entertained a hope that friends of Zion as matter of his present distress might be soon thankfulness, that nothing excep- removed. He replied with a de. tionable has been found in the gree of surprise in his countelives of our new converts. Their
nance, can you think that there walk has discovered that meek, is any mercy for such a wretch as humble spirit peculiar to the gos- I am ? I told him, was he a ten pel. However, we have had op- thousand timesgreater wretch than position from the beginning ; it he was, there was mercy enough has affumed different shapes and in the gospel. On this we partarisen from different and unex ed.—A few days after, his views pected quarters. The resolt of and exercises were wholly differwhich has been, that the line is ent, and his joy was as extreme as more visibly drawn, and Christ's his forrow. Nor was it tempolittle flock, to the eye
of common rary, as is sometimes the case ; observation, more clearly distin- but his tongue has ever since been guished.
loofed in praise of that merciful There were several instances a. hand, that raifed him from the mong the subjects of the work, horrible pit ; confidering his case fomewhat peculiar ; but as I have a remarkable instance of sovereign already exceeded my designed li- grace. mits, I shall mention but one. There is nothing that will more
This was in a man of about míd. readily take hold of the christian's dle life, with a small family. In feelings, than to see a fellow fin. the view of human reason, he ner trembling under the deep conwas perhaps as unpromising a sub- victions of the law. With regard ject as any among us. But, in to the event, the uncertainty is fo the early period of the work, his great, and the importance so raft, intention was arrested—his con- that the passions of hope and fear victions were deep, and they con are wrought up to the highest tinued long, till his friends began key. And when the issue is hapto be anxious what might be the py, and the finner hopefully bro't event. I had several times, after into God's spiritual family, there worship, as we traveled a small is nothing that will excite in the distance the same way, designedly christian more unfeigned praise. fell in his company. This I did He will feel disposed in this case, the Sabbath before he met with if ever, to strike that lrigh note comfort. As soon as we came of the Pfalmift, and call even together, I alked him what were upon inanimate nature to join the the exercises of his mind ? He re- fong,—“ Praise ye the Lord. plied, tha; every time he came to Praise
ye the Lord fro:n shie hea
vens ; praise him in the heights. ance and friend--a Lady, who Praise ye him all his angels ; praise had been often in the school of -ye him all his hosts. Praise ye him affliction, and was, at the time of fun and moon ; praise him, all ye writing them, laboring under great stars of light. Praise him, ye bodily infirmities. The design of heavens of heavens, and ye waters them appears to have been to anithat are above the heavens. Let mate and comfort her own mind, every thing that hath breath under the pressure of afflictions, praise the Lord.”
by turning her tho'ts on God and I am, gentlemen, your brother the things of his kingdom : Parin the common cause,
ticularly his holy, wife, and eterTHOMAS BROCKWAY. nal counsels his universal and Lebanon (second society), particular Providence and the inJanuary 6, 1803.
finite glory which will redound to God, and the inconceivable hap
piness which will be enjoyed in MESS’rs EDITORS,
his kingdom in the issue of the Among the numerous and vari- glorious work of redemption. A ous classes of the readers of your conlideration of these things, as useful Magazine, and who from they are exhibited in the word of month to month wait impatiently God, may well afford consolation for its successive numbers, are the to the minds of his children, whesickly and infirm. The writer is ther burdened with personal trou.. acquainted with a number of per-bles and forrows, or pained with fons of this description, who are a view of the sufferings of others, unable to reador attend to long dif- and the iniquities and various evils courses or essays, but in the course which fill the world. It tends to of the month read again and again, impress the mind with a sense of the short essays, expositions, nar the vanity of sublunary thingsratives, biographical sketches, and the nothingness of creatures in other interesting pieces contained comparison with God and the inin the numbers of the Magazine. tereits of his kingdom, and the By these they are not only in propriety of adding, wlien praystructed and edified, but greatly ing for deliverance from any para animated and cheered in their fpi- ticular evil, or the bestowment of rits—and find a substitute, better any supposed particular good, than they can elsewhere find, ex “ Not my will, but thine be cept in the inspired writings, for done." Yours, &c. the blessings and advantages of the
P. H. social, public worthip of God in his house, of which they are de
Contemplations in Sickness. prived. This is doubtleis, a class BELIEVE that the all wise of readers which claims the occa. Disposer of events had a consional attention of those who fiftent plan of operation before write, or extract, for the Maga- creation begaa; so that he knows zine. With a view to add to the no more of me or iny circumstannumber and variety of short pieces, ces now, and will not, thousands adapted to the circumstances of of years lience, than lie knew lesuch, and not unworthy the atten fore the commencement of time. tion of others, I send herewith a This great plan includes the crea few lines, written by an acquaint. Jation of angels and men—the full
of a part of the angelic hoft-the loved us and washed us from our apostacy of man--the great work fins in his own blood, and know of redemption--and every volition that we shall be safe from all danand adion consequent on those ger of offending him, forever great events. It includes every so how inexpreffibly defirable !) event, great or small, that ever has When I defire, any or all these or ever
will take place in the fyf- things, I may know and be affurtem. It is certain also, that ined that they will be bestowed by finite wisdom and infinite goodnefs infinite wisdom and goodness, if it have chosen the best pofïble plan. is consistent with this beft poffible As the human body is composed plan. But if it is not, and there of veins, arteries, nerves and fibres, could be such a thing as my beso this great plan is composed of ing admitted among the blessed, an infinite variety of events, which or enjoying any defirable earthly I have no doubt will eventually all good, inconsistent with the belt harmonize (however blind mor- good of the whole, it would argue tals may judge of appearances to imperfection in God to grant itthe contrary), and become fuch a It would be a blot in the divine great whole as shall redound to character introduce discord into the highest possible glory to the the system, and deftroy that perthree persons in the facred Trini-fect 'harmony which confitutes ty, and the most consummate, in- happiness.--It becomes me to reconceivable happiness to every in- joice that the Lord reigns and is dividual of the redeemed, and of infinitely wise, juft and good, and all holy beings. With respect to to submit cheerfully to all his difmyself, I am but a small speck of pensations, as being a part of that existence when compared to the great divine plan which will regreat whole; yet my existence, with dound to the divine glory and the every circumitance of it, is impor greatest possible good. I am a tant as a part of the great plan ; Thort fighted creaturc, a finful and it was that God might be worm of the duft. I know not glorified in the salvation, or final, what is best for myself, or for the just condemnation of fueh little, glory of God. But I know all vile and otherwise intignificant things will work together for good creatures, that the great Redeem- to then that love God, and place er took on him our nature and their happiness in his glory. I made complete atonement for fin. defire therefore to learn this blessNow when I desire any good for ed leffon from the Son of Goch myself, as ease from pain—refto not to desire any thing from the ration to health and usefulness hand of God which is not conthe life, health and happiness of fiftent with his own glory and his those who are dear to me, or my wife, eternal plan. And when I own eternal salvation-when I de- pray that the cup of affliction may fire to become a member of the pass from me, I desire to say, na glorious and holy family of God my will but thine be done. in heaven, and enjoy the light, January, 1803. the bright vifion of Deity in the face of the glorified Saviour, and go no more out of his presence,
A Funeral Meditation. but
E are often called to hou
bedside of the fick and dying, and guilh and distress. It is common to attend the funeral solemnities for the pay
themselves of the deceased. Decency, friend compliment, they by no means ship and relation collect many on deserve, that their nerves were such occasions, who have little never fufficiently hardened to en desire to attend on serious things, dure such moving scenes, that and are very uncomfortable when they excite an exquisité fenfibility they are urged upon them. They in them, too painful to be borne. hate those fights of distress, which But though they would by this excite reflection. The houses of cast an oblique reflection on such fickness and mourning are no pla- as take pleasure in bearing a part ces for them, for they bring eter- with the afficted, it is but prenity and its great solemnities in- tence. Far other reasons than to view, which are but unwelcome tenderness and humanity drive and uncomfortable tho'ts. Scenes them from fights of wretchedness, of business, mirth and festivity, to houses of mirth and laughter ; are more, desirable ; these suit nor is it because the pious are untheir hearts, stifle reflections, and feeling, that they love to weep keep off thought. Their visits to with such as weep, and attend places which bring futurity into them in their deepest forrows, and view, are as seldom and short as contemplate with them, the things decency will permit. Such views which such mournful occasions produce a chilling horror; they suggest to the mind. Thrink back from the ideas. No The heart of the wise is in the cheering comforts, no sweet con- house of mourning, because the solations refresh their spirits, drawn objects which present themselves, from the ennobling contemplations on such occafions, are calculated of eternity, and the interesting to inspire the most useful reflecscenes which enrapture the mind tions. Death is the end of every earnestly fixed on the invisible thing on earth. The dead have world.
departed to another world. The Others equally hate the diffi- fight of their remains impresses on pation of thought, produced by the mind the vanity of the objects festivity and mirth. Serious scenes of general pursuit. We follow are more welcome, inspire richer them in our imaginations into the entertainment, and fix the mind invisible ftate: The importance of upon subjects which never cloy. that world rises upon our minds : « The heart of the wife is in the We are interested in it, as it rehouse of mourning : but the heart Jpe&s our deceased friend. We of the fool is in the house of contemplate his fituation : We enmirth.” In fuch an house, things quire with ourfelves, where is he? beyond this life rush upon almoft What is his present state? Is he every mind, whether they give happy or miserable ? Will his comfort, or painful reflections.- happiness or misery be eternal ? The reason why the godly take Is he beyond hope, or above fear? real fatisfa&tion, in being present What fociety is he now in? What on mournful occafions, is not, as are his present employments? How the sons of vanity would suggeft, does he view his pait life, and the because their hearts are hard and things of this busy world ? Our unfeeling, and can on that account minds are carried to the word of inore easily endure fights of an God-the only book which furVOL. III. No. 10.
nishes us with inftru&ions on this ing as they ought, and as the ocsubject. We have new ideas of casion almoft irresistibly compels its importance, and attend to it them to think. But if we will with greater earneftness. We are allow ourselves to follow the train imperceptibly led to become in- of thought, which is natural on terested in things invisible for our such an occafion, we fhall proceed selves. The world finks ; we further. The resurrection of view ourselves no more than pil- the dead small and great, with grims and strangers here ; we are its consequences will turn upon impressed with the idea of our own our minds.
We shall contemdeparture ; it is brought near. plate ourselves, ftanding in this We again turn with anxious de- immenfe congregation-fhall an. fires for information to the only ticipate the universal solemnity instructor to be had. We enquire, which will be impressed on every where shall we ourselves soon be ? soul-shall contemplate all, ftand. What is there for us beyond this ing before God, the books openworld? We take a serious view ed, and the dead judged out of of the light caft upon this subject, the things written in the books, by the scriptures. The magnitude according to their works. Our of the rewards and punishments it conduct in this world will then reveals awes our spirits. We earn- appear, O how interesting ! How eftly examine the grounds of folemn it is to be now preparing justification, and condemnation ; the materials for our endless defti we examine ourselves ; we either ny! The judgment which will are satisfied or tremble. We feel then be passed, will naturally em. the importance of a full prepara- ploy our thoughts, as we fit medition, and the folly of delay. "We tating in the house of mourning. are constrained to the resolution, We are struck with the idea of the that we will attend to it immedi- unchangeable and irreversible deciately. Its importance ftill rises fion, which will then be given. upon us ; the vanities of the world Again we look into ourselves lose their influence; the mind is consider our hearts and lives, and swallowed up in the idea of mak- enquire, for what sentence have ing preparation for the world, we been preparing ourselves? where we are to have our everlast- What portion are we to expect ? ing home. The house of mourn- | Our hopes and fears prefs into ing is certainly favorable for these view. We look forward into a reflections. But alas, with many, profound eternity-no end, no while at the place of mourning, Thore, no period is to be even conthe heart is either pining for the templated. Solemnity possesses house of mirth, or supporting it. our whole fouls : We are intereftfelf against such natural reflections, ed. We enquire into the characby employing its thoughts on the ter of God our judge. We look countenance of the deceased, the about us for dependence : Inourconduct and appearance of the felves we find none. Christ and mourners, the parade of the fune. his salvation are the only things ral, or other things equally trif- which afford any prospect of delir. ling; and their thoughts are con erance and blessedness. We conAtrained to wander upon any thing template the terins of acceptance which may come next, to give with him-we realize that we must them relief from the pain of think.' have him for our Saviour, or we