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We perceive by the instruction of the context, the importance of living to God alone. and of being governed in all our intercourse with the world by the beautiful principles of righteousness and truth. Oh, let us turn into the blessed paths of wisdom. Let us cherish her lovely teachings in the soul, and be governed by her requisitions, and our feet will not stumble; we shall walk in the way safely, for she will neither laugh at our calamities, nor mock our fears, but will shed down the blessings of peace and joy upon our hearts.



THOU Great and glorious Being whose name and whose nature is Love, wilt Thou permit Thine erring children to approach Thee in the attitude of prayer, and devoutly to hold communion with Thy spirit? We are not unmindful, Oh Lord, of our numerous imperfections our constant proneness to

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evil. We would acknowledge that we have done many things which are forbidden in Thy sacred Word, and left undone many things which we are commanded to do. But we confide in Thy goodness, for Thou hast taught us that Thou art love, and that Thy mercy endureth to all generations. Oh, wilt Thou then forgive our sins, and help our infirmaties, that for the future we may, in a measure, avoid temptation, and practice those blessed virtues which become the true followers of the meek and lowly Savior.

Oh, our Father, we thank Thee for the revelation of Thy character which gives us strong consolation as we reflect upon Thy supreme government among the nations of the earth. We rejoice for the assurance that Thou art good unto all, and Thy tender mercies are over all Thy works. We rejoice for the assurance that Thy loving kindness endureth forever-and that thou wilt never leave nor forsake even the most sinful of Thy children, so that they may become the objects of Thy constant and eternal displeasure, but Thy promise is, that "as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." Indulgent Parent hasten forward that

blessed era, when Thy glorious character may be universally known and acknowledged, when Thou shalt appear, as Thou truly art, the chiefest among ten thousand, and the one altogether lovely. When cruelty shall cease to be associated with Thy nature-when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and the whole earth be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Awaken in our hearts we pray Thee, a sense of our duty to Thee, and the blessed cause of pure and undefiled religion, that we may use our constant and unwearied energies in its behalf, and that the cause of God may prosper in our hands.

We would pray for our country and all the nations of the earth-that the Son of Righteousness may arise with healing in his beams, scatter the dark clouds of ignorance, bigotry, superstition and error, and light up the moral universe with a glory all its own— causing the poor and the rich and the down-trodden and the oppressed, and the mourning, and ALL who may exist in a state of sorrow and suffering, in this dark world, to rejoice with a joy unspeakable and full of glory; and unto Thee, through Him who loved us, and who

gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works, would we render ascriptions of praise, and power, and glory forever.


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