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God of all grace, ing. Vouchsafe to s renewed season of eat. May I follow 1, peace, and love, to be in subjection aceforth pass every in the attainment of me whatever may perplexity, wearithe Scriptures for words of eternal 3 happiness herenighty grant that pen thou the eyes
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firm the wavering, awaken the indolent, and bring them all, O God, to one fold, under one Shepherd, through the mercies of our precious Saviour's atonement. If any of these are in sorrow, trouble, sickness, need, or any other adversity, in perils of waters, in perils by land, under their own roof, or by the way side, or on the devouring ocean, O God, do thou look down upon their several necessities, and be to them a very present help in trouble. Pardon my enemies, if I have any, O God, and teach me from my heart to forgive them, as I hope to be forgiven : pour into my heart that spirit of gentleness which is from above. Thou, O God, hast said that I am to forgive my fellow-creatures not only until seven times, but until seventy times seven. Thy words, O God, are “ Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.” Grant, most heavenly and almighty God, that I may be indeed one of thy children ; and send down thy holy Spirit upon me, that I may live in charity with all men. May I, in no one thing, O God, trust to my own strength. Give me, heavenly Lord God, giver of all good gifts, perseverance and success in my lawful undertakings ; may every future day allotted to me on earth be so employed that I may redeem lost time, and, when the last day and hour cometh, may I be found watching, strong in faith, relying upon the merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in whose blessed name I offer up this prayer, and to whom, with thee, and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory. Amen.
LADY CHARLOTTE BURY.
EVENING PRAYER FOR THE FIRST DAY OF
THE YEAR. GRANT, O Lord God Jehovah, Father of all mercies, that, as I kneel now before thee on this evening of
Evening'. Prayer for the first Day of the Year. 3 another year, blessing thee for past mercies, and imploring their continuance, I may be so found every future evening of my life ; “ for we know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning." And, whenever he may come, O God of all grace, grant that I may be found watching. Vouchsafe to hear the petitions which, at this renewed season of life, I now offer up to thy mercy-seat. May I follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, peace, and love, and make all my temporal desires to be in subjection to those heavenly ones. May I henceforth pass every day which is given to me on earth in the attainment of thy favour, so shall all be well with me whatever may betide. When sorrow, sickness, perplexity, wearisomeness assail me, may I fly to the Scriptures for comfort and aid, for therein are the words of eternal life; happiness here, and everlasting happiness hereafter, are contained therein. God Almighty grant that it may be a profitable study to me; open thou the eyes of my understanding, and may I continue in the things which I have learned, and have been assured of, knowing where I have learned them, and that from a child I have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make me wise unto salvation, through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. May I remember, and ever hold fast the blessed truth, that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Bless this house with religion, peace, and love. Take all its inhabitants under the shadow of thy wings; keep them from all evil, guard them through the night, and awaken them to a new day with sentiments of increased love to thee, and a more steady desire to do thy will. Bless all those dearest to my soul, absent or present; correct their evil propensities, confirm their good ones; lead them through this life, O God, so that they lose not that life which is eternal. Pardon my enemies, if I have any : take from my heart all bitterness towards them, and, though I guard myself against their malice, may I never harden my heart towards them, but strive to imitate the blessed Jesus, who pardoned all, even on the cross. Thus, in prayer to God, and in peace with all mankind, I lie down to take my rest, and may I, Almighty Father, through faith in the blood of the Lamb, so lie down in life's last sleep calm and untroubled, and arise to be with thee for ever. Amen.
THE GOOD WIFE. The following extract is taken from an account of “ a Good Wife,” which makes one out of several useful stories in a little work.called “ Village Memoirs." If it should shew how much better it is to stay at home with a good wife than to wander to London in search of employment, it may prevent a great deal of misery; and, if any married woman should be led to imitate this good wife, it may produce a great deal of happiness. —Want of room has obliged us to give but a small part of the story.
James Carter lived in the neighbourhood of a large manufacturing district, and had been, for some time, out of employment. His hopes had been very much raised the week before ; but day after day he had been unsuccessful in his application for work.
" James's restless disposition would not suffer him to wait quietly for a few days, when it was likely his master might employ him again, but he resolved to go directly to London. .
" It was early on a fine morning in Autumn, when Sarah parted from her husband. As he set out on foot, she walked two miles from the village with him; their feelings were very different as they each pursued