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race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Proverbs, 3rd chapter, 25th and 26th verses. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked when it cometh, for the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. · Isaiah, 54th chapter, 7th and 8th verses. For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
Remark to the Sick Person-That in all distresses of mind, arising either from
fears, from misfortunes, from the death of friends, or from a sense of our own sins, our sure support and consolation is to be found in the assistance of God. The Gospel holds out great comfort to us by shewing us the power of Christ to help us under every difficulty. That God willeth not the death of any sinner. That Christ is the propitiation for our sins, and therefore that we ought not to be cast down, nor dejected in our minds, but to be thankful and to rejoice that we have such a friend as Jesus Christ to support and console us, and to remember that " no man need be miserable or un“ happy as long as there is a way open to “ the throne of grace."--(Adams's Private
Thoughts.)" I never found a man so “ invariably holy and devout, as not to “ have experienced the absence of grace, * and felt some decay of spiritual fervour: “ and from this severe trial no saint has “ been exempt, to whatever degrees of “ rapture and elevation his spirit may
“ have been exalted. It is a trial how“ ever, that when patiently endured for “ the love of God, prepares and qualifies “ the soul for the high state of divine “contemplation. It may always be con“ sidered also as a sign of approaching « comfort, and to those who suffer it with “ resignation, humility, and faith, is " the uninterrupted felicity of Paradise “ chiefly promised, to him that over“ cometh, saith he, who is the first and “ the last, will I give lo cat of the tree of • life, which is in the midst of the Para“dise of God.”—(Thomas a Kempis.)
“ Go now and complain that your life “ is full of anxious care and trouble, that “ every day brings its trial with it, and “ every night its temptation; and much “ you fear that God has withdrawn his “ holy spirit from you, and no longer “ regards you with the watchful eye of a « tender Father, but has given you up “ to uncertain fears, to anguish and “ despair in this world, and to ruin
" inevitable in the next. But when you “ remember, that through all these dan" gers and difficulties Christ has led the “ way, that he like you, nay more than o you, was tempted and exposed, you “ must blush at your complaints, and “ with confusion of face confess, that “ you have charged God foolishly, and “ with the holy Psalmist say, it is mine “ own infirmity." - Sherlock.) .
Christ both able and willing to save
Sinners, Collect for the Second Sunday after Easter. Read Psalms 110th, 115th, 116th, and 121st.—Isaiah, 43rd chapter, 44th to verse 9th, and 51st chapter.--Zechariah, 10th chapter, from verse 5th.–St. Matthew, 8th chapter, and 11th chapter from verse 25th.-St. John, 16th chapter, from 23rd verse, or the following texts :
“ ther with a holy kiss. The humble “ sorrow of a broken and contrite heart, “ is thy chosen sacrifice; O Lord, infi. “ nitely more fragrant than clouds of “ burning insence. It is the precious “ ointment with which thou desirest to “have thy holy feet anointed. A broken “and a contrite heart thou never didst, “nor ever will despise, that is the place “ of refuge from the wrath of the enemy, " and there all impunity both of the “flesh and of the spirit, is cleansed and “ washed away.”(Thomas a Kempis.)
For one that is in great bodily pain. Collect for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.
Read Psalms 38th, 77th, and 88th.Job, 10th and 14th chapters.St. Matthew, 9th chapter, to 9th verse.–St. Mark, 5th chapter, from verse 25, and 9th chapter, from verse 17th to 28th.St. Luke, 16th chapter, from verse 19th, or the following texts :—55th Psalm, and