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fears, and sustain my hope. May the example of him who suffered and died for me, and the remembrance that he is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, be a never failing consolation and support to me. Hear me, O Lord, through Jesus Christ, thy Son. Amen.
IN MUCH PAIN.
Be not thou far from me, O Lord, for trouble is near. Fearfulness and trembling have taken hold upon me; let thy strength come in to support me. Look upon my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sin. Help me, O Lord, for thou art my hope. All my desires are before thee, and my groaning is not hid from thee. Appear for me when all human help faileth. Make haste to help me. Let not my burdens come faster upon me than thy succors do, but give me patience to bear my sufferings, and quietly to wait thy time for relief. Thou takest pleasure in them that hope in
thy mercy. O, increase my faith ; sustain my hope in thee.
Thy mercy and thy power are ever the same. Thou knowest my frame. Thou rememberest that I am but dust. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me; as for the light of mine eyes, it is gone from me. Hear me speedily, for I am brought very low. Forsake me not when my strength faileth. If thou wilt support me, nothing will be too heavy for me. O make thy strength perfect in my weakness. Thou delightest in mercy; O save me for thy mercy's sake. Correct me, but with judgment. Thou hast said thou wilt not contend forever. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me, through thy beloved Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
UNDER LONG ILLNESS.
O MERCIFUL God! Thou hast long kept thy servant under thy chastening hand; thou hast made me acquainted with grief;
yet, O thou who art pleased to wait so long for the return of a sinner, grant that I may not be impatient. Teach me to see thy love in thy chastisements, that I may humble myself under thy mighty hand.
Keep me ever mindful that there is need of much heat in the furnace, to fine the gold and purge away the dross. Let my faith not fail me, nor my patience be overcome; grant me, if it be thy will, some ease and relaxation from my pain.
O my God, carry on this work in my soul, I beseech thee, in whatever way will be most for thy glory, and my eternal benefit. Strengthen my faith; subdue my.corruptions; quicken my love more and more by thy blessed spirit; and grant me the comfortable assurance of thy love; and may that love constrain me to live to thy glory. In those sad moments when my
sinfulness rises before me, and the view of it is ready to overwhelm me, O give me grace to see, with the eye of faith, the glorious remedy which thou hast provided. May I behold the Lamb of God which taketh away
the sin of the world ; and believing, may
I have life through his name.
Let thy love shine into my heart through the thickest clouds. Let the comfort and light of thy word break through the darkest sorrow. Give me new strength and confidence in thee under every new trial and distress. Though my spirit sink down into the grave, let me even then lay hold on thee. Let thine arm uphold me, and thy promises encourage me.
Impress me with the belief, that there is no measure of evil commensurate to the provisions of comfort ready for those who come to thee for it. Grant me a happy conclusion of this long visitation.
In the mean time, enable me so to look at the things which are not seen, and so to improve this affliction, that it may work out for me an exceeding and eternal weight of glory, through the riches of thy grace and the multitude of thy mercies, in Jesus Christ. Amen.
AT THE APPROACH OF DEATH.
FATHER of mercies, and God of all comfort, I come to thee as my refuge in the time of danger, my help in the hour of distress. I am brought to the gates of death. The hour of my departure draweth nigh. I shall have no power over the spirit to retain it.
I would not forget the many and varied blessings, which have sustained me and gladdened me through my past life; yet most of all, I thank thee for the redemption there is in Christ Jesus, and for the promise of an incorruptible inheritance beyond the grave. I cast myself on thy free and abounding grace held forth in him as my Redeemer; and do thou say to my soul, “Be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee; depart in peace.”
Kind Disposer of all events, help me to do, while I live, the work which remains to be done. If I have injured any, I would make due reparation, and be at peace with