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SPRING, SUMMER, HARVEST, WINTER, AND SABBATH-DAY.
LATE MINISTER 05 THE GOSPEL AT HADDINGTON,
A NEW EDITION.
Ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fouls of the air, and they shall
PRINTED BY J. IIADDON, TABERNACLE WALK,
HIGH STREET, LEICESTER.
TO be spiritually minded, -to be habitually disposed, with pleasure and attention, to think of, and desire after spiritual objects, is life and peace. It implies an interest in the life-giving covenant of peace, which cannot be broken; a purification of conscience with Jesus”:quieting blood; and an inward possession of his quickening' and peaceful Spirit. It promotes habitual serenity: and meekness: it rendereth us active and lively in the secvice.of God. By it we live as angels on carth; : ånd are fitted to join them in heaven : by it we improve the whole universe as the temple of a present Godhead. In our deepest plunges of trouble and want, we converse, we walk with the
high and lofty One who inhabiteth eternity, and dwells in the high and holy place.” Every visible object commenceth preacher, concerning things which do not appear: in every creature we discern a Maker, a Saviour's perfections; we hear his voice, that our soul may live. -Detesting the romantic, the too fashionable amusement of folly, of lewdness, and blasphemy, we recreate ourselves with contemplations, which neither defile for the present, nor sting for the future; and “have our conversation in heaven, from whence we look for the Saviour.”
To promote this happy attainment, this delightful temper of mind, is the sacred page crowded with emblems; to promote this is the design of the following attempt.-Let not the natural incidents be accounted too mean for the superstructure. Are not all things mean? nay, equally mean, if compared with the Most High? but if he made them, if he preserve and manage them for his own glory; is it below us, the offspring of dust, to improve them to his honour, and our eternal advantage? Doth not the divine Spirit, in his invaluable oracles, constitute the puny ant, the lazy cur, the wallowing sow, the troubled sea, with its mire and dirt, our spiritual instructors ? Doth not Jesus, the wisdom of God, draw his instructive, his estimable parables from sparrows, fishes, nets, bottles, gming of: mustard-seed, dough, and other common objects: Why may not we, though at infinite: distajice Polo w his blessed example; and, with the skilful chemist, extract a precious spirit from things outwardly base and contemptible ?
To exhibit in every journal, not the exercise of a single day, but a particular form of the Christian life ; and to adapt the style to the traveller's varying frame, hath been attempted. To have quoted every, even sacred authority, would have crowded the margin: a thousand inspired phrases are therefore solely marked with inverted commas: a thousand more left to the mere observal of the attentive reader, well instructed in the oracles of Christ.