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est man and beast. May we feel our entire dependence upon Thee, and by prayer and praise give Thee the glory that is due unto thy holy name.
FOR A GCOD HARVEST.
- AGAIN Thou hast crowned the year with thy good
The grain might have perished in the earth, or have failed of maturity for want of the showers and of the sunshine. But Thou wast pleased to bless the springing thereof; and we saw, first the blade, then the ear, and after that the full corn in the ear. We hailed the vallies standing thick with corn, and heard the little hills rejoicing on every side. In due time the mower filled his hands, and the binder of sheaves his bosom; and the appointed weeks of harvest have been afforded us to gather in the precious produce. O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
We have again witnessed thy faithfulness and truth in the promise, While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease. May we learn to trust Thee in all thy engagements.
And make us thankful, that as we have no famine of bread, so we have no famine of hearing the word of the Lord. With regard to the soul as well as to the body Thou fillest us with the finest of the wheat.
O Thou that stillest the noise of the seas, the noise of
and the turnult of the people; we bless Thee that Thou hast made peace in our borders, and called us to adore Thee as the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.
We lament the evils of war, both natural and moral; and confess with shame that ever since man became an apostate from Thee, he has been an enemy to his brother, and that from the death of Abel our earth has been a field of blood. O let thy word be speedily accomplished. Let the nations learn war no more, but beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; and only emulate each other in husbandry, and commerce, and science, and religion.
O Thou Prince of Peace, preside in every council. May all public teachers recommend peace. In private life may we follow peace with all men; and cherish the principles and the dispositions which will prepare us for that world where we shall enter into peace, and the sound of war will be heard no more.
FOR A SAFE RETURN FROM A JOURNEY.
-As the keeper of Israel Thou hast been with us, not only in the house, but by the way. We might have been injured by wicked and unreasonable men. We might have been left groaning under the pain of bruised or frac tured limbs. Our lives might have been spilt like wate) on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; and the first tidings that reached our friends might have plunged them into anguish.
But all our bones can say, Who is a God like unto Thee? Thy secret too in our absence has been upon our tabernacle, and secured it from all evil. O that it may be the taberna. cle of the righteous; and be ever filled, not only with the voice of rejoicing but of praise.
And be with us in all the future journey of life. Guide us by thy counsel. Uphold us by thy power; and supply all our wants till we come to our Father's house in peace
FOR RECOVERY FROM SICKNESS.
-All our times are in thy hand. All diseases come at thy call, and go at thy bidding. Thou redeemest our life from destruction, and crownest us with loving kindness and tender mercies. We bless Thee that Thou hast heard prayer, and commanded deliverance for our friend and thy servant, who has been under thine afflicting hand. He (or she) was brought low, but Thou hast helped him. Thou hast chastened him
but not delivered him over unto death. May he not only live, but declare, the works of the Lord.
As Thou hast delivered his eyes from tears, his feet from falling, and his soul from death, may he daily inquire, What shall I render unto the Lord for all his bene. fits towards me ? and resolve to offer unto Thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and to call upon the name of the Lord.
And may we ever remember that a recovery is only a reprieve; that the sentence which dooms us to the dust is only suspended; and that at most, when a few years are come, we shall
whence we shall not return. May we therefore secure the one thing needful, and live with eternity in view.
FOR SAFE DELIVERY IN CHILD-BIRTH.
-We bless Thee on the behalf of thine handmaid, who is now saying, I love the Lord, because He hath neard my voice and my supplication Thou hast been with her in the hour of pain and peril, and made her the joyful mother of a living and well formed infant. Complete thy goodness by the renewal of her strength, and her ability to appear again in all the duties of her important station.
Let the impressions produced by recent mercies be rendered as durable as they are lively. May she remember. and pay Thee the vows which her soul made when in trouble.
May the life spared, and the life given, be dear in thy sight, and devoted to thy glory;
thy glory; and may every addition made to the world of creatures be found an accession to the church of the living God.
FOR THE RETURN OF A FRIEND FROM SEA
-What shall be done unto Thee, O Thou Preserver of men? We offer to Thee the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to thy name, for thy goodness towards our friend and thy servant, whom Thou hast delivered from the dangers of the pitiless deep. Thou wast with him when trouble was nigh; and at thy com: mand were the issues from death. Others have found a watery grave, till the sea shall give up her dead; but he has returned alive and in comfort. Many are weeping over the loss of those for whom they long anxiously waited; but we have embraced the desire of our eyes; and in the multitude of thy tender mercies we pay Thee the vows of renewed intercourse.
PRIVATE MORNING PRAYER.
ALMIGHTY and heavenly Father, who art about nıy path, and about my bed, and spiest out all my ways; I come to Thee in the name of thy beloved Son, and in obedience to his direction, to enter my closet, and shut to my door, and pray to my Father which is in secret. Thou seest in secret: O now hear me.
Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I laid me down and slept; I awaked, for Thou, Lord, sustained me. For restored light, for life, and health, and strength, I praise and bless Thee. Thou, Lord, only, keepest me in safety and free from evil l'hou providest for all my wants. May my soul, and all that is within me, magnify God for all his goodness, and especially for his wonderful mercy in redeeming sinners by Jesus Christ; for the light of that Sun of righteousness which ariseth with healing in his wings on benighted souis; for all the blessings of free salvation through Him, all the means of grace and the hope of future glory.
But, sad are the returns that I have made for so many mercies. How ungrateful have I been! I acknowledge and bewail my manifold sins and rebellions. I was born in sin, and a child of wrath, and I find continually the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, so that I cannot do the hings that I would. I am guilty