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which Dorcas made, while she | Disinterested love to God, by was with them. These coats which is meant that love which and garments, made for the does really regard the divine poor, were proofs of the sinceri- glory, without having an ultily of her love, that she did not matereference toone's own good, say, Be ye warmed, and be ye is the very foundation of all true clothed, without giving the piely. “The end of the comthings which were needed.-mandmentis charity," and "chaThese proofs were exhibited riy seeketh not her own.” after she slept in death. We Within less than a week of her are required to be followers of death, Mrs. Pixley told me, that them who through faith and when she was going to be exa patience are inheriting the pro- amined for admission into the mises : but, in order to follow church, she was exceedingly them, we must know what path comforted to think, that if she they went; or, in other words, should walk disorderly, there we must know how they lived. was a way that she could be I think my principal molive, in turned out of the church, som wishing to bring into view any that God would still be honored. traits in the character of the By this it appeared, that the deceased, is to stir up her be honor of God was dearer to her, reaved children, granci-children, than her own honor. Several relatives, friends and neighbors, years ago I heard her express to follow in her steps, so far as a desire that she might have her she is worthy of imitation, (for reason in her last sickness, and I do not indulge the thought, when she came to die ; so that with all my veneration for her if she was a Christian, she might character, that every action of honor God in her death ; and her life can with safety be imi. that if she was not a Christian, tated : for there is not a just man it might then be manifest that on ear!h, that doeth good and eiro she was a hypocrite, so that neth not.) Her particular faults others might learn, froin her (if particular faults she had,) sad example, the importance of have not come directly under being more thorough in their my observation : neither is it religion, I would here remark, probable, that I am acquainted that she appeared to have her with all her particular excellen- reason during her last illness, cies and virtues. Therefore the and, while she had strength to picture which I shall exhibit hold conversation with her must not be considered her cha- friends, manifested unshaken racter in full. Such features in confidence in God. her character, however, as I Mrs. Pixley always spoke of have become acquainted with, God, with reverence, esteem and I shall endeavor to exlibit, and admiration. The Lord reigneth, that in distinct and separate ar- was a text which she often reticles, with the express view of peated with apparent delight. holding up each to your imita. She appeared to be exceedingly tion.
grieved, to see the Most Higla 1. Mrs. Pixley was eminent created with so great and so for her disinterested love to God. I general contempt. I believe that:
passage in the cxix. Psalm, she plete enemy to God and to all might have applied to herself, holiness. And it is most mani“ I beheld transgressors and fest, that the scripture considers was grieved ; because they kep: all natural men as having a not thy word.” In some good | mind, which is enmity against degree, the following lines might God. be applied to her :
2. Mrs. Pixley manifested a “Reproaches at thy glory thrown, great regard to the revealed will “He feit and mourn’d them as his of God. I remember, at one own."
time in particular, some years In her love to God, the so- ago, to have heard her speak, in preme excellence, surely she the most affecting language, of is worthy of being imitated. the excellency of the word of Can any doubi of llic duty of God. She could not bear to loving God ? fie cught to be hear any light things said of that loved with all the heart, with book, which she prized above supreme affection.
Whether fine gold. It grieved her to we eat or drink, or whatever we think there should be any who do, it is no more iban ressonable, could see no excellence in such that we should do all to the glory a divinc book. She was a firm of God. We ought to be wil-believer in those peculiar docling to be Gui's servants, lo have lines of the bible, which make our honor, interest and comfort the grace of God appear most ail subservient to him.
We conspicuous in our salvation. should make all our views, feel. She was also very fond of readings and movements in life con- ing, not only the bible, but those formn to the interests of his king religious books, which clearly domn, instead of wishing to have exbibit the religion of the gose him make his designs conform pel. She did not grudge being to our private views. We do at some expense to obtain such not preiend, that any saint on food for her mind. She took earth fully gives the Lord his and read all the numbers of the place in the universe, but every seven volumes of the Connectisanctified one has a degree of cut Evangelical Magazine, a pesufreme love to him. Though riodical publication, which has the woman, whose character we afforded much instruction and * are attempting, fell vastly short entertainment to her and others
of that constant and undivided of God's dear children. Love love to God, which is bis due to the holy scriptures and divine from all creatures; yet, for our truth is an essential part of 'reli apostate world, she appears to gion. In this she is worthy o! have been an example of an our imitation. I: is not enough, uncommon degree of it. Per- my friends, that we are not the haps you may think, my hearers, disciples of Paine. If we have that love to God is nothing pe- not an unfeigned delight, yca, culiar to the saints--You may al times an unspeakable pleasure think, that every body loves God. in perusing the sacred pages But this wonian did not think if we cannot say, with sincerity, $0 : she was free to acknowledge, (), how love i thy law- Thy, that by nature she was a com word was found of me, and I
did eat it, and it was the joy and undone creatures. « I came to rejoicing of my heart," then seek and save that which is lost.” we are only nominal and not real, And let me ask, is not the reliexperimental Christians.
gion which she embraced, in this 3. The religion of our deceas- respect, worthy of all acceptaed friend had much of Christ in tion ? Are we so whole, that we it. About six days before her need no physician ? Have we death, she told me, that, for some so few sins that we need no time past, she had had distres. atonement? Oh, what pity, that a sing views of her sins, but that lost world, to whom a Saviour is of late she had felt more com- sent, should not know their lost fortably. I asked her, if she condition! While we are not appeared to herself less sinful ? convinced, that it is utterly imShe replied that she did not, but possible we should be, justified that she had such a view of the before God, from the considera. merits of Christ, that it took tion that we have done so many away her distress. As she pro- good deeds and so few bad ones, ceeded further to speak of her we shall not one of us make the great sinfulness, she cried out, publican's prayer, “God be mer" Oh, what should we do, if it ciful to me a sinner ;' nor lay were not for Christ !" These hold upon Christ, the only hope views appeared to be of a piece set before us. with the wbole of her religion, 4. Mrs. Pixley's religion had as far as I have been acquainted init much love to the Sabbath, and with it. She always seemed to delight in public worship. This suppose herself to be a very part of her religion has been great, even an uncommonly peculiarly tried. It is 17 years, great sinner before God, who this month, since she removed searcheth the hearts. When into these new settlements. she spoke of her vileness, she | This has been the largest part did not seem to have so much of her religious life. Here she reference to the sins committed found things very different from before her profession of reli- wliat they were in the place gion, as to the sins committed where she had lived before. since. She had such a sense Here there never has been any of the spirituality and perfec- church of Christians, with which tion of the law, that she saw in- she could unite ; nor any stated finite demerit in herself, where preaching of the gospel for any others, who have not such strict length of time; nor even any notions of the law, would have stated public worship on the tho't there had hardly been a fault. Sabbath,until within two or three It is presumed, that it is evident years past
. She has seen much to all, who have been favored profanation of holy time, which, with an acquaintance with Mrs. they who knew her will readily Pixley's religious views and testify, appeared to cause her feelings, that she strikingly felt much grief. When missionathe need of just such a religion, ries and other ministers of the as the religion of the gospel, gospel came this way, they were . which is manifestly a religion all kindly received and hospitacontrived on purpose for lost, bly entertained by her and her
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family. She never failed, if her will keep them from the place health would possibly admit, of where God's honor dwelleth. being one of their hearers. And | When persons in the enjoyment how did she long to have others of that health, which enables follow her example in this res them to attend to their worldly pect! I have seen her often ap- business, attend only now and pear to be deeply affected, that then upon the worship of God, the Missionary Societies should they make it manifest, that their take so much pains to send the faces are not yet set Zionward ; gospel to the people, and ma- that they do not yet prefer the ny of them not attend and hear things of heaven to the things it, when it was sent to their of this present world. Let me, doors. After there was a pro- my friends, strongly recomfessor of religion come into the mend to your imitation Mrs. settlement, who set up reading | Pixley's example in sanctifying and praying meetings statedly the Sabbath and attending on upon the Sabbath, I was at her the instituted means of grace. house, when she told me of this 5. We have all the evidence, interposition of providence in that the nature of the case will favor of the cause of religion in admit, that Mrs. Pixley was a this place. She said, she wan woman, who loved prayer. She ted to have others help her was a woman, and therefore could praise God for his mercies.-not, with propriety, lead in the She also observed, that she devotions of a public assembly ; had enjoyed some of these but she made it evident, that she meetings as well as ever she did took delight in public devotions any in her life. And now let me as well as in hearing sermons. ask, is not her example, in her She also made it evident, that love 10 the Lord's day and to family prayer would have been public instruction, worthy of an agreeable stated, exercise 10 imitation? They certainly have her. Whenever the ministers no religion, who do not turn of Christ lodged there, she away their foot from the Sab. seemed to set her heart much bath, from doing their pleasure upon their prayers with her on the Lord's holy day, and family, and took pains to have all who do not call the Sabbath a the family, the laborers, as wel? delight, the holy of the Lord, as others, attend at such seahonorable, and who do not hon- sons; and whenever she found, or him, 'not doing their own that any of them were gone into ways, nor finding their own the field before morning pray. pleasure, nor speaking their er, or were gone to bed before own words. The Lord has also the offering up of the evening appointed the preaching of the sacrifice, she seemed to be gries. gospel ; and to them, who love ed, to think that such a privilege the gospel, how beautiful will should be so undervalued. There their feet be who bring these is no doubt but that she was a good tidings ! A people, who woman, who kept up the stated feel the worth of religion, will devotions of the closet. In the always have public worship, and most intimate discourse with her nothing but urgent necessity upon religion, I have heard hos
express a great sense of the im- | uncommonly clear and feeling portance and privilege of this sense of the perfection of divine duty. She has spoken of it as government. This truth, “ The a privilege, that we were not | Lord reigneth," appeared to be restricted to two or three sea- the sovereign balm that healed sons of closet prayer a day; all her wounds. When speak but that we might, if we founding of some of her greatest af-. opportunity to attend to more fictions, I have heard her exthan the ordinary seasons of de press adoring views of divine votion, and occasion called for it, goodness, that things were no enter into our closel repeatedly worse. She seemed deeply senand at any time in the day. It sible, that she was punished far was here, no doubt, that she un- less than heriniquities deserved. bosomed herself often to her Al. Let us imilate her in this particmighty friend, who seeth in se- ular branch of religion. It is cret. It was here, that she most reasonable, that we should sought and obtained those co-be contented with every allot, pious supplies of divine grace, ment of providence : for proviby which she was enabled 10dence never errs, but is invashine as a light in a dark world. riably wise and good. The event,
Christ both taught and prac- which we now so deeply lament, tised secret devotion : and much is a part of a most holy and wise of the life and pleasure of reli- system of divine government. gion consist in a careful ob. Though to us there are clouds servance of this duty. It is an and darkness surrounding it ; undoubted truth, that all the yet to him, who seeth things as pious pray to their Father in se- they are, it is full of light. cret. If therefore, my hearers, And could our deceased friend your consciences tesiify, that be permitted, from the eternal you are strangers to closet reli- world, to speak to us, she would gion, you, ought to know that no doubt, repeat her favourite you are strangers to the religion text, “ The Lord reigneth ;" or of Christ-You are strangers to something equivalent to it, and that religion, which you need bid us rejoice still to have the to meeten you for glory. disposal of all things in the
6. Mrs. Pixley has been a pat- hands of God. tern to us off enduring trials, 7. Another thing, which is with patience and apparent sub- worthy of being noticed in the mission to the will of God. She character of this venerable wohas had many mercies, and, on man, is the tender concern which many accounts, much prosperi- she manifested for the salvation of ty ; but she has also had, per her fellow men, She had a tenhaps, an uncommon share of der compassion for souls. She severe trials. I have seen her appeared most fully convinced, when the hand of God was upon that nothing short of a radical her, and she appeared entirely change would prepare any for calm. Her calmness did not the enjoyment of a holy God : appe ar to be stoicism, but a holy she therefore longed exceeding.
Jission to the will of a holy | ly, that her family, and her fel. Cod
She appeared to have an low sinners in general might,