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to consider them as so many instances of his fatherly correction. That we should not only submit to them, but even rejoice in them, and pray to him to enable us to consider every thing in this light, and that while as sinners we deserve punishment, we may bear our lot contentedly, gratefully enjoy every comfort, and patiently and resignedly sustain every calamity which he may think proper to appoint, and that he would give us grace particularly to do so when sickness overtakes us. “ If I am afflicted or sick, or weak or in pain, let me not comfort myself chiefly with thinking that it will quickly be over, or that I shall soon be well, but rather with thinking and knowing that it is the appointinent of divine wisdom, for reasons of infinite concernment to myself, and for the end which God has chiefly in view for his people in all his inflictions, viz: the glory of his name in their spiritual liealth and recovery, and a blessed
support it will be to know and feel, that I do not so much desire ease and deliverance from present trouble, as peace and strength to undergo more and greater, and even death itself, quietly, obediently in the spirit of faith, and with full acceptance of the will of God.” -(Adams's Private Thoughts.)
For Support under Sufferings. Collect for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.
Read Psalms 18th, 23rd, 44th, 66th, 142nd.—Ist of King's, 17th chapter to 17th verse.-Job, 5th chapter, from 3rd verse.—Isaiah, 24th chapter.-Hosea, 13th chapter, from 9th verse to 15th.St. John, 14th chapter to verse 15th.-2nd Timothy, 2nd chapter, to verse 13. -1st St. Peter, 1st chapter, to verse 13, or the following texts :
Romans, 8th chapter, 26, 27, and 28th verses. Likewise the spirit also helpeth our infirmities : for we know not what we should pray for as we ought : but the
spirit itself maketh intercession for us, with groanings that cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what is the mind of the spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God.
Hebrews, 4th chap. 15th 16th verses. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Remark to the Sick Person.—That in all trouble our only support is God, who . will give us strength to bear any calamity he may think proper to send. That for this purpose we ought to pray for the assistance of the Holy Spirit, and we must trust to the merits and mediation of our Saviour Jesus Christ. We should
consider that howsoever great our sufferings may be, a great many persons suffer perhaps a great deal more than we do, and that God supports them under them. That our Saviour suffered more than we ever can, and that the use of sufferings is to make us humble, to teach us to love God and to be thankful. And therefore that sufferings and afflictions are to be considered even as blessings.—“ Even “pain and punishment from him are to “ be gratefully received, for whatever he “ permitteth to befal us, he permitteth sit to promote the important business of “our Redemption.-(Thomas a Kempis.)
Collect for Ash-Wednesday. Read Psalms 32nd, 51st, 55th.—1st of King's, 21st chapter, from the 25th verse.--Isaiah, 55th chap.-Jeremiah, 7th chapter, to verse 29.-Ezekiel, 18th chapter, from verse 27.-Jonah, 4th
chapter -St. Luke, 13th chapter, to verse 10th, and 15th chapter.--St. John, 8th chapter to verse 12th.-Ephesians, 4th chapter, from verse 20th, or the following texts :
Deut. 30th chapter, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th verses---And it shall come to pass when these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, and shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; that then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and gather thee from all the nations wither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee, and thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord thy God and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.