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“ cumstances; true, but I am not covetous : “ Had I been covetous of much, all my Com.
. " Substance. But I plainly see the Comfort of “ Life does not lie so much in the Abundance of “ these Things, as in the Art of enjoying a little. “I have lost indeed a dear Friend, and a love66
ly Creature ; but my Happiness was more
wrapt up in that God to whom that beloved “ Person is gone: God will bring them along 6 with him. That which beautified their Cha“racter, and made them so lovely, was what “ could not be lost, but is perfected by the " Translation. I love them ftill, and take a - Pleasure in loving them, which relieves the "Sorrow for their Absence. The Man who “ does not fear Death so much as an ill Life; who “ thinks Impatience a worse Disease than Gout “ or Stone ; who thinks Pride a greater Re
proach than being Nighted; Covetousness a “ viler Thing than Poverty; and that to offend “ God with immoderate Grief, is worse than “any Lo's whatsoever : That Man's Comfort “and Peace is not precarious ; does not lie at the “Mercy of other Men's Fancies and Pallions ; rs and is above the Reach of Accidents.”
He knows not the World nor himself, who depends upon Life, such as ours'; who is diftracted at a crois Accident, as if he was privileged from the common Lot, and some strange Thing had happened to him. Did you never before imagine, that the Person you are now
lamenting for was a Mortal, as well as yourself? That what was born muft die? That what has befallen others, might happen to you? That what owes its Value only to Fancy, has only a fanciful Worth? And what can be bought with Money here on Earth, is not more excellent, nor less perishing.
There is indeed a Knowledge of the World that polishes the Gentleman ; to be learned in Courts and Camps, and in a general Conver, sation : But the Knowledge that secures a Man's Peace and Quiet through all Events, is to be found only in the Bible. That Book will tell us, that this World is not our Resting-place, “ for it is polluted :" That it must not, nor cannot be our Portion : That it is not an equal Price for our Souls, though we could gain the Wbole of it: That the World lies in Wickedness, an Enemy to Christ and his Interest : That it is one of our Enemies we must overcome by Faith: That it is of a perishing Nature, and in continual Change and Variation.
To conlider this World as Philosophers, it is a fine Building : Every Thing is adjusted in Number, Weight, and Measure. We admire thy Heavens, the work of tby Fingers ; the Moon, and the Stars, which thou baft ordained ! But why does the Astronomer stop short at the visible Heavens? Why not penetrate farther, to that Glory which God hath set above those Heavens? Faitb is the Evidence of Things not seen by the Telescope. There is the Christian's
Home and Country. Here we are Strangers, and Pilgrims, passing out of it. In short, he knows the World best, who comes up to that Text, Love not the World, nor the Things of the World ; and concludes with the great Mornæus, that, “ If all the World was made for Man, " Man was made for something more than all 6 the World.” Let us balance the Thoughts of what we have lost, with the Remembrance of what we were made for. ; What do we see in ourselves, that we should expect always to be pleased? We are not better tban cur Fatbers. If I am dead to this World, why am I so distracted that another is dead out of it? If I am not dead to this World, I ought to be so, and to be more concerned for my own Soul than for any dead Friend. Learn to think and speak of this World now, as you will do when you are going out of it. Acknowledge it to be a place where you must daily lose something, till you have lost all. And lec your Soul assuredly conceive, that having had its Original from Heaven, it is one of those Things which must, one Day, return thither, (Bishop Patrick.)
While your Sorrows are afloat, turn them into a godly Channel. It will be more easy at such a Time, to employ them in mourning for Sin. This is fetching Meat out of the Eater, and Comfort out of Trouble. This is making Sorrow, otherwise fruitless and hurtful, to be of Use and Service. So the 1kilful Husband
man directs the Stream to his Mill, and makes it work, instead of running to waste, or doing Mischief. Perhaps this is one Intention of the Providence. At leaft, it will be a wise and happy Improvement of it: “ Since I am now " so ready to burst out into Tears, I will weep “ part of them over a sinful Life." This will make it a healing Wound, and a comforting Sorrow ; and at the same Time, give Vent to Nature, and Exercise to Grace.
This is often beft done upon our Knees in Prayer: a Time of AMiction is a Time of Prayer. Is any affliated ? Let him pray. Call upon me in the Day of Trouble, and I will deliver ibee. Be careful for nothing over-much; but in every Thing, by Prayer and Supplication with Thanksgiving, let your Requests be made known unto God, Phil. 4. 6. For, be will regard the Prayer of the Destitute, and not despise ibeir Prayer ; Pfal. 102. 17. Thus God in. vites you to come and drop some of your Tears at his Feet: It is likely he may turn your Sorrows into Joy. It will compose the Spirit, calm the Pasions, spiritualize the Affections, strengthen Faith, Hope, and Love ; for un der the Influence of the other World, we always less regard this.
O Holy Spirit ! Is it not thy Name and Office to be The Comforter ? Does not my Cafe need Comfort ? Art not thou as willing and ready to help, as I am desirous of it? Come, Holy Ghost, and do thine Office of H 2
Consolation to a poor Soul that needs it. Lord, increase my Faith, and in the same Proportion my Sorrows will abate, and my Consolation will abound. Hope and Faith are the only Supports under Things that have no Cure in this world. It is in Believing that we have Joy unspeakable, and full of Glory. It is in Believing that our Hearts are forcified against the Troubles and Pangs that others feel. So Christ has connected them together : Let not your Hearts be troubled ; ye believe in Gid, believe also in me. Lord! I believe ; help my Unbelief. I believe in God, and the great Truths of Natural Religion. I believe alio in Thee, and the peculiar Discoveries of the Gola pel. I believe thy Providence manages all Things according to the Purpose of thine own Will and Wisdom. I believe thy Promises shall be fulfilled, which are a great Support to my Mind. I believe thy watchful Care and never-failing Love to thine own. I believe the Reality and Excellency of the future World, and have good Hope, through Grace, of my Title to it. And how little, how very little, do all thefe lower Things appear, when that World is in full View! The Juft, who live by Faith and die in Faith, may rejoice in Faith, in the Midft of their Sorrows. The Joys of Faith are the best Remedy against the. Grief of Sense. I had fainted, unless I bad believed to see the Goodness of God in the Land of the Living. It was Faith, the Evidence of Things not seen,