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several books, well adapted to toms of his disease were more these ends ; among which may alarming, and on Sunday threatbe named Watson's Serious Ad. ened a fatal termination. He dress to Young Persons, and Mr. Dow desired that his mother Colman's very valuable Cate- might be sent for, whom he ehisms for Children and Young was unwilling to alarnı, till be Persons.
was satisfied that his danger It was evident to all, who was imminent. Froin this tiine saw bim during the last few bis physicians saw but little months of bis life, that his in- chance for his recovery ; alterest in his people was becom- though tbere were short seusous ing stronger every day. He when his friends were encour. spared no pains to excite and aged to hope that the violence eberish in them the Christian of bis disease was abating. At temper, and lead them to make every return of reason, he was religion a personal concern. anxious to converse upon bis And his exertions, we believe, situation and prosprets, and of. were duly appreciated, and at- fered up many devout prayers tended with rather uncommon to heaven for himself and his success.
flock. He was willing to die ; But he was taken from the but he felt that death would be midst of his labours and hopes, the dissolution of the strongest by a sudden and mysterious and tenderest ties. He wished Providence. On Sabbath day, to live, it it were the will of Sepiember 21st, not quite six God, for the sake of others, but months from the time of his or. pot for his own. dination, he preacbed for the ported in the last trying hour, last time. On the following by strong, and we trust, well day, he was seized somewhat grounded hopes; and, in the violently with a typhus fever, imperfect glimmerings of reawhich 8000 prostrated his son, with which he was indulgstrength, and deprived him of ed a short seasou before he exthe use of his reason. At times, pired, he poured out his soul in however, he had lucid intervals, a most devout and impressive, and was perfectly sensible of though somewhat confused and his situation. He seemed from incoherent, prayer, full of cou. the commenecment of his dis-fidence, resignation, and hope. ease, to have a strong pre-sen. He died on the morning of timent that he should never re- Lord's day, October 5th.
To a friend, who visit. Thus lived and died ibis ami, ed him on the third day of bis able and interesting young man, illness, and before he He is gone ; and we shall see thought to be in danger, be com- bis face no more. The infant municated his views on this church mourns its youthful pas. point. He was then able to tor. The voices of an imited speak with ease, and spent the people lament the shepherd, whole evening in conversing on who so faithfully and tenderly religious topics, and the con- guided his flock. He was not cerns of his people. On the permitted to see the close of a following morning, the symp- year on which he entered with
He was sup
such flattering hopes ! He was pass ; and his friends are calm removed from the office he lov- and resigned. They believe, ed, and from the people to whom that he is gone to the bosom of bis soul was bound, at a time, his Father; and why should when his exertions were the they lament, that he is made greatest, and his life, to human happy so soon ? They hope to view, most important, and de- meet him again in a better sirable, and useful. But, it was world, where there is fulness of God who removed him; and joy, and where the pains of sepGod's will be done.
aration are unknown. With removed from a sphere of great this expectation they are able and increasing usefulness. But to support themselves under one it was God who issued his com- of the severest trials which humands; and God is perfectly man nature is called to bear; wise and good. He was taken and they would not exchange away in the midst of his days. their hopes, for the richest But it was God, who appointed treasures which earth can bethe bounds, which he might not stow.
GOD A WISE AND TENDER FATHER.
If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him ?-Matt. xii. 2.
It was the constant endeav- children to parents. The imour of our Saviour in all his in- age which perpetually oceurs structions to give such views of throughout the Gospels, and unthe character and such assuran- der which our Saviour seems to ces of the providence of God, have peculiarly delighted to reas should excite our best affec- present the Supreme Being, is tions and produce unreserved that of our Father,-our Father trust and confidence.
in heaven, tender and compasWe are not oppressed by the sionate, who created the human chilling apprehension that we family for their happiness, who live in a faiherless and unpro- is merciful even to those who tected world ; that the author repay his kindness with ingratof our being is indifferent or un- itude, on whose arm universal concerned for onr happiness. nature leans for support; and Neither are
we oppressed by without whose notice or permisthe fear that we serve a merci. sion event takes place Jess and unrelenting master who throughout this boundless uniimposes burdens on his creatures verse ; whose providential care which he knows they are una- extends to the most minute of ble to bear, and requires servi- his works, even to the numberces which he intentionally made ing of the hairs of our heads tbem incapable of performing.". and the support of a falling
We are taught to consider our sparrow-whose power enables relation to God the same as him to satisfy the desires of
every living creature and whose
The mercy of God is often goodness interposes no limits to more strikingly displayed in rehis power but what his wisdom fusing, than it would be in grantsuggests—who is ever more ing our requests. We may ask, ready to relieve our wants than but not receive, because the we to express them, who com- things we request are such as it mands us to ask with the assur- would be improper for God to ance that it will be given us, to bestow, or injurious for us to seek for we shall find, and to obtain. knock and it will be opened We shall inquire what are unto us.
those good things which our By adverting to the babits Saviour assures us will be yieldand feelings which influence ed to our serious and earnest the conduct of men in respect solicitations by our heavenly to their own offspring, our Sav. Father. iour teaches us that the kindness As our condition and enjoy. and benevolence of God towards ments in this life are of subormankind is a stronger principle dinate importance in comparithan even natural affection. son with our condition in the
If, says he, a son oppressed life to come, that only can be by poverty, asks a father for considered on the whole as abbread to relieve his hunger, will solutely good which has a tenhe insult his distresses by giv. dency to improve our moral ing him a stone; or if he ask a characters, to secure the favour fish will he give him a serpent. of God and render us capable If then, ye who are evil, ye who of higher degrees of happiness are liable to the infirmities, the in the future world. Whatever perverse dispositions, the preju. has the greatest tendency to dices and the irritations of hu- produce these effects is unquesman nature, know how to give tionably the greatest good of good gifts to your children, how So far as any thing is in much more shall your heavenly opposition to these, so far is it Father give good things to those evil and to be deprecated by who ask him !
every being that is capable of But who knoweth what is distingnishing between time and good for a man all his vain and eternity-between the pains chequered life which he spend- and enjoyments of a life beyond eth as a shadow on earth ? So the grave. ignorant are we of our own tem- As there is no obvions coupers and dispositions, so limit. nexion between personal ease ed in our prospects, so dark and and moral improvement, bec confused are our views respect tween the possessions of this ing the influence which an exter world and the favour of God, nal condition may have on our and as it is often found that characters and feelings, that we prosperity, instead of forming know not what condition in life and strengthening those affeeis best for us we know not tions and habits without whicla what course of external events no man can see the Lord, resis best adapted to promote our ders us the slaves of passiou ultimate good.
and produces criminal,
thoughtlessness and moral in- real worth and dignity of sensibility--it is obvious in the man? first place,
Will riches expose you to do That we should be neither par. danger from a selfishness of ticular nor importunate in our spirit, froin bardness of heart, prayers for temporal favours. or from that diseased and morWe cannot be two cautious in bid sensibility, that recoils from placing proper restrictions to
scenes of distress ? our petitions for objects of this Is there no danger that, when nature. For such is the condi- you are relieved from the necestion of every temporal enjoye sity of active and personal exerment, that it has no fixed, per- tions, you will be rendered in. manent character, but becomes dolent and lose all vigour of the occasion either of good or body or of mind i Or, on the evil according to the peculiar other hand, that the pleasure of character or circumstances of acquiring may perpetually the receiver.
sharpen that avaricious spirit As the same influence of the which pressing towards its fasun, which at one season fertil vourite object, too often spurns izes the fields and covers the the control of prudence, integri. face of the vegetable world with ty and religion ? plenty and joy, might under oth- Is a state of aninterrupted er circumstances, produce bar. ease and prosperity, of all othrenness, want and despair ; as ers, the most fitted to produce the same remedies which in and strengthen the feelings of sickness restore to health and piety. ? God is often, forgotten vigour, if administered in any because he is concealed by the other state of the system, would multitude of his gifts ; and we bring on disease and death, so are frequently rendered thoughtalso the same temporal posses- less and unthankful by the very sions, which in one state of the abundance of those things which feelings would be the means and should excite our gratitude. instruments of virtue, would, Possibly you may justify your under other circumstances, cor. desire to obtain riches on the rupt the passions and become ground that they may enable the greatest of evils.
you to become more useful and Perhaps you are earnest in benevolent. It
much your desires that affinence may wiser, my friend. to be content be the fruit of your industry and to do all the good which God enterprise. But may not wealth hath now put in your power, produce in you a degree of ar- because in gaining the means rogance and pride that will in- you may probably lose the disduce you to look down with position to become extensively contempt on those unassuming useful. souls who are content to walk Do you hope to rejoice the in the humble paths of life, hearts of those who shall inwhom God made your equals, herit your possessions ? And and who have rendered them- do you believe, that their gratiselves your superiors in every tude will make them always thing that constitutes the rise up and call your memory blessed. Forget not that those We offer our prayers to be for whom you intend to provide delivered from affliction; but af. may murmur at your distribu- fiction is the only school in tion. Instead of preserving the which we can learn and pracdeep reverence and tender so. tice the passive virtues, which licitude for your
character are of all virtues the most subwhich you now anticipate, they lime and probably the most acmay rush to a public tribunal, ceptable to God. 'How hopeless to establish the proofs of your would lie our condition, if admental imbecility ; and thus versity did not sometimes bring proclaim to the world that al. home to us the conviction of our though you had sufficient pru. dependence and renew the imdence to accumulate wealth, you pressions of Deity. Even the had not that ordinary share of Psalmist could say, it is good intellect which entitled you to for me that I have been afflict. be trusted with the distribution ed, for before I was afflicted I of it.
went astray; but now I have Again we may desire to be kept thy law. invested with power and author. Is it certain, that we ask what ity. But exalted stations are is good for us, when we pray not exempt from mortification God to establish us in the full and sorrow; and they have also enjoyment of health ? Will not their appropriate dangers. The high and unbroken health pride of authority may call into strengthen and inflame the pasaction the most corrupt passions sions? Is there no danger that and the most detestable vices. a full and perpetual flow of anThe love of office may more imal spirits may produce a levthan counterbalance the love of ity of mind and lead on to virtue. It may tempt us to sac- habits of dissipation and exrifice our integrity and patriot- cess ? And should we not have ism on the alter of party, as a occasion to praise God, if he propitiatory offering to a domi- interpose sickness to prevent or nant and unprincipled faetion. check a guilty career ? If sick. We pray
that God would re- ness excite in us a train of sober move us from the shade of ob. reflection, if it bring home to us scurity; but in the shades of ob- the conviction of what we are scurity perhaps the virtues of and what we should be, if the patience and humanity might conciousness of our uncertain flourish, which in the sunshine of hold on life make us more solicgreatness might wither and die. itous to perform those great
We ask to be relieved from duties which life impose,- if it the pressure of poverty ; but tend to direct our thoughts to perhaps poverty has been our God and detach our affections security against temptations, from the earth, and gradually has subdued our passions,, has prepare us to resign our spirit produced in us all the orna- with composure into the hands ments of a meek, resigned and of him who gave it, may we pot quiet spirit; and to be deprived say, it is good to be sick ? of its discipline, might be the The love of life, for wise occasion of our ruin.
purposes, God hath deeply imVol. VI.No. h.