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heal all his distempers. Break not the bruised reed, nor quench the smoaking flax. Shut not up thy tender mercies in displeasure ; but make him to hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Deliver him from fear of the enemy, and lift up the light of thy countenance upon him, and give him peace through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
TA Prayer to be used by a person who
has been dangerously ill, and is now in a state of recovery.
From Dr. Dod- O gracious God, who well's “ Sick in
Sick joinest mercies to thy judg-Man's Companion :" Page 229. ments, and hast heard and Edit, 1788. in some measure granted the petitions which have been offered to thee in behalf of me thine unworthy servant, let me now join my praises to my prayers, beseeching thee to hear and'accept them. Thou hast already graciously delivered me from the extremity of that illness, of which lately so great apprehen. sions were entertained, and I desire now to bless thy holy name for this thy great goodness to me. Fill my heart, ( Lord; I beseech thee, with a due sense of this
thine unerpected blessing, and let me shew forth thy praise not only with my lips, but in my life. But let not this exaltation of my hopes heighten into any presumptuous confidence of my security, and suffer not the thought of my lessened danger to lessen the warmth of my devotion to thee. Grant that the state of my mind may continue the same in the expectation of health as in the apprehension of dissolution, and that thy will .may be mine in every state and condition of my being. Yet with this resignation to thy wisdom, I humbly pray thee to perfect my recovery, and to restore me to my former enjoyment of health and comfort. Grant this inercy speedily, or grant me patience to wait thy good time, and bless me securely with it in the end. Let no impiety of thought, word, or deed, in me, prevent or delay the blessing, but fit me for the reception of every divine favour by a holy resolution to make a right use of it. Confirm these good purposes in me for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
T A Prayer which may be used by a Per• son who is recovered from sickness.
From Dr. Ston. Has God mercifully house's “ Sick restored you to health? Man's Friend,” Surely you cannot doubt Page 240. - the obligations you lie under to be thankful for it. Shocking in. deed that out of ten lepers cleansed, only one should return to give glory to God. Luke xvii. 17. But take care that you follow not the example of the nine; for in: stances of such ingratitude are too common. After recovery therefore use the following or some such Prayer.
Most gracious and merciful God, the fountain of life, I return thee humble and hearty thanks for having spared the life of thy servant. I adore thee, as the author of my cure, and praise thee for the success thou hast given to those applications which were the means of effecting - it. May I remember the chastisements,
the instructions, and the deliverance I have received; and may I be enabled to perform the good resolutions I made in my sickness. As thou hast condescended to hearken to the prayer of so sinful a creature, may I call upon thee as long as I live. Being made whole, may I go away and sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto me.' Having known the bitterness of affliction, may I pity, and, endeavour to relieve those who labour under
it: And may I never forget my obligation to thee, and all the kindness of those about me, whom I humbly recommend to thy continual kindness and everlasting favour, through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour. Amen.
And here I think it not unseasonable to recommend to those who are recovered from sickness, to read a very excellent tract, intituled « Serious Advice to a Person recovered from Sickness," by the Right Reverend Father in God, Edmund Gibson, D. D. late Lord Bishop of London, to which is subjoined " A Thanksgiving after Recovery."
A short form of Questions which may be
put to one who is at the point of death. Taken from Anselm, by Dr. Stearne.
Q. Brother, are you glad that you die in the Christian faith ? A. I am. Q. Do you confess that you have not lived so well as you ought to have done? A. I do.-Q. Do you confess that you have lived so wickedly, as to deserve eternal punishment? A. I do.-Q. Are you sorry that you have so lived ? A. I am.-Q. Are you determined to correct
and amend your life, if you should live any longer ? I am.-R. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born of the blessed Virgin MaryQ. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for you? A. I do.Q. Are you thankful for these benefits ? A. I am..-Q. Do you believe that you cannot be saved but through his merits? A. I do. Which being donc, let the sick man say three times, O Lord, Jestie, Into thy hands I commend my spirit.
Another Form of Questions for the Visita
tion of the Sick, somewhat larger, taken from Laud's Summary of Devotions, by Dr. Stearne.
• Do you think
1. That no disease or calamity happens to any one by chance or without cause?
2. But that it is sent upon him by Cod, without whose providence no one is afflicted with illness ?
3. And that God is too wise to suffer any thing to happen, but when it is expedient?
4. Therefore that it is expedient to you to suffer the sickness or calamity which God has now sent upon you.