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dence, I would gratefully acknowledge the kindness which I have experienced; the subject of thy government, I would render a willing and constant obedience to thy commands. I would withdraw myself from no trial to which thou art pleased to subject me. I would shrink from no sacrifice which thou seest fit to require. I would humbly submit to thy disposal all that I possess, all that I have reason to hope, all that I may have any grounds to fear. Confiding in thy wisdom, as that alone which can discern what is best for me, and in thy power to effect all thy purposes, and in thy love and kindness to seek nothing but ultimate and unmixed good for thy creatures, with my whole heart I would pray that thy will may be done. Strengthen me by the principles and hopes of the Gospel ; and may the example of Jesus in his sufferings inspire in me a like courage, fortitude, patience, and resignation.
Thy nature, O God, is wholly love. Thy purposes are all wise and benevolent. May no vain regrets disturb my tranquillity; no
doubts nor distrust mingle with my faith. May my whole heart be given up to thee, in grateful affection, in filial confidence and in entire and unreserved submission, through thine infinite mercy made known in Jesus Christ my Saviour. Amen.
Hear me when I call upon thee, O God, my refuge and strength, and stretch forth thine hand to deliver me. My soul melts, for heaviness, — fearfulness and trembling are come upon me.
Blessed be thy name, that as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him; for thou knowest their frame, thou rememberest that they are dust.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are thy ways higher than my ways, and thy thoughts than my thoughts.
O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak. Hear me, for I am sore vexed. Re
turn, O Lord, and deliver my soul; save me for thy mercies' sake.
Help me to remember that affliction cometh not forth out of the dust, neither doth sorrow spring forth out of the ground. Show me wherefore thou contendest with me, and enable me in my affliction to humble myself greatly before thee, O thou Father of my spirit, to repent and turn from every evil way; that being judged and chastened of the Lord, I may not be condemned with the world.
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done. Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever. Perfect that which concerneth me. Forsake not the work of thine own hands.
Thou, O Lord, makest sore and bindest up; thou woundest, and thy hands make whole. Though thou causest grief, yet wilt thou have compassion. Whilst afflictions abound, let thy consolations much more abound.
Grant, O Lord, that this trial of my faith
may be found unto praise, and honor, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ, through whom unto thee be glory and praise forevermore. Amen.
LORD of life! who orderest all things in heaven and in earth, I come now to submit myself to the disposal of that wisdom which cannot err, and to the care of that goodness which is unchangeable and everlasting. I would humbly own and reverence thy hand in my present sickness. I would believe that it is sent for my spiritual good. My first desire is that it may be so sanctified to me.
O my Father! with submission to thy will I pray for my restoration to health. With thee nothing is impossible. Speak the word of healing, and thy servant shall live. Spare me in mercy, and give me a further opportunity of working out my salvation. May I yet live to perform my duties more acceptably. But if thou hast
not my will, but thine be done.
While I plead for the health of my body, I would more earnestly pray for that of my soul. Whatever else thou shalt deny me, O deny me not an interest in thy grace. May sickness in the body bring health to the mind; and the fruit of affliction be the removal of sin. May I learn to bless thy name when thou takest away as well as when thou givest. I ask for a tranquil resignation to that Fatherly Providence which sees the end from the beginning. In all my weaknesses be thou my stay and support; in all my sorrows and trials be thou my consolation and refuge. Endue me with patience, fortitude, and meekness under the pains of disease and the irksomeness of confinement. Above all, prepare me for death. Blot out my transgressions through thine infinite mercy in Christ Jesus; and dispose me to do what is necessary for the great exchange of worlds. Amen.