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rection of their tempers, their preparation for future usefulness, and their gaining that good part which shall not be taken
away from them.
-We hail Thee in the varying aspects of the year, and bless Thee for all their appropriate influences and advantages. O let us not view them and enjoy them as men only, but as christians also; and ever connect with them the better blessings of thy grace.
How wise and useful and necessary are these intermingled rains and sunbeams! May Jesus, as the Sun of righteousness, arise upon us, with healing under his wings; He come down as rain
the mown grass, and as showers that water the earth.
When we walk by the cooling brook, may we think of that river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God.
When we retire from the scorching warmth of the day into the inviting shade, may we be thankful for a rest at noon, a shelter from the heat, the shadow of a great rock
land. May thy servants behold the moral fields, that are already white unto harvest, and be all anxiety to save the multitudes that are perishing for lack of knowledge.
The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; we therefore
pray that Thou wilt send forth laborers into thy harvest.
He that gathereth in summer is a wise son ; he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. Now is our accepted time, now is our day of salvation. not waste our precious privileges, and in a dying hour exclaim, The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
in a weary
I let us
- How fleeting, as well as varying, are the seasors of the year. How insensibly have the months of spring and summer vanished! Nature has no sooner attained its maturities, than we behold its declension and decay. The fields are now shorn of their produce; the beauties of the garden are withered; the woods are changing their verdure, and the trees shedding their foliage-we also never continue in one stay. Many of our connexions and comforts have already dropped away from us; and the remaining are holden by a slender tenure—while we ourselves do all fade as a leaf—and in a little time our places will know us no more.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for the announcement of an inheritance that fadeth not away. O for a hope full of immortality—for a possession of that good part which shall not be taken away from us.
-0 Thou God of nature anu providence ; manifold are thy works ; in wisdom hast Thou made them all, and ail are full of thy goodness. The welfare of thy creatures requires the severity of winter as well as the pleasures of spring. We adore thy hand in all. Thou givest snow like wool; Thou scatterest the hoar frost like ashes; Thou sendest abroad thine ice like morsels: who can stand before thy cold?
But we bless Thee for a house to shelter us, for raiment to cover us, for fuel to warm us, and for all the accommo dations that render life, even at this inclement season, not only tolerable, but full of comfort.
-Not more than others we deserve,
May we be grateful; and may we be pitiful. May we reflect on the condition of those who are the victims of every kind of privation and distress—and waste nothing, hoard nothing-but hasten to be the ministers of mercy, and the disciples of Him who went about doing good.
O let the rich now deservedly prize their wealth, and use it as the instrument of usefulness. May they be willing to communicate, ready to distribute ; and enjoy the blessing of him that is ready to perish, and make the widow's heart to sing for joy.
A TIME OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING.
-With Thee is terrible majesty. Thou lookest on the earth, and it melteth ; Thou touchest the mountains, and they smoke. Thou thunderest in the heavens, and all na. ture shudders at thy voice. How vain now is the help of man! Who can resist thy will ! We feel ourselves to be nothing, less than nothing, and vanity. Our very houses are no protection now ! O Thou, to whom belong the issues from death, defend our persons and our dwelling. May we always stand in awe of Thee, and sin not. May we know that this awful God is ours, our Father and our Friend; and may we have boldness in that day, when the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements melt with fervent heat, and the earth. also, and all the works that are therein, shall be burnt up
FOR RAIN AFTER A LONG DROUGHT.
- Thou hast never left thyself without witness, but hast been continually doing good, even to the unthankful and unworthy, in giving them rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling their hearts with joy and gladness. We-acknowledge that the heavens over us might have been brass, and the earth under us iron. We have justly deserved the calamity; and thy power, without a miracle, could have inflicted it. But though Thou hast tried our patience, and awakened our fears, Thou hast not forgotten to be gracious. We praise Thee for sending us the seasonable and plentiful rain, by which Thou hast refreshed and revived the drooping fields, so that the earth promises to yield her in
FOR FAIR WEATHER AFTER MUCH RAIN.
O God, Thou art good, and doest good. Thou hast again surpassed our deserts, and been better to us than our fears. Thou hast caused the clear shining after rain, so that in the meadows the hay appeareth, and in the fields. Thou art preparing of thy goodness for the poor. Thou preserv
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.