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to the dreadful state of eternal torment? Was it for being a rich man? Certainly not. We read of Abraham's riches; and we are told, in the same parable, that he was in a state of blessedness: we have therefore reason to believe that the condemnation of the rich man was owing to his indulgence in luxury, in loving the good things of this world too well, and in allowing them to draw his thoughts from the love and service of God. It is equally sure that those who are not rich men, may fall into the same condemnation if they indulge in excess of any kind, or if they allow worldly cares to engross the whole of their thoughts and attention. As it was the abuse and not the possession of the good things of this life that condemned the rich man to torment, so it was not the " evil things," that Lazarus suffered, that carried him into a state of blessedness. It was faith in the promises of God, who hath declared in His Word " that through much tribulation we shall enter into the kingdom of heaven j"—and the fruit of this was a patient endurance of the trials to which it had pleased God to subject him.
We have seen that both riches and poverty are trials to which God subjects His creatures: we see that the former have no power to prevent the attacks of sickness and adversity, nor to ward off the stroke of death: and the Bible assures us that neither of them will ensure eternal happiness, or entail condemnation on their possessors. Repentance and faith are needful for all, and " without holiness no man shall see the Lord."
The parable next points out the rich man as applying to the beggar who had lain at his gate, for relief: " Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame." But Abraham said, "Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus likewise evil things, but now he is comforted and thou art tormented." This conveys much instruction and comfort to all those who submit with pious resignation to the trials and adversities which God has laid on them. They will do well to reflect how small a proportion the longest term of human life bears 1838.] PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN. 401
to eternity, and that our "light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!"
The remaining petition of the rich man shows the danger of riches, or any other worldly pursuit which draws the mind and affections from the remembrance of the " one thing needful.'' It appears that he anxiously wished his brethren to "consider their ways," and to avoid the condemnation into which he had fallen; and he, doubtless, remembered that had he been less occupied with the cares and pleasures of the world, he might have saved his own soul, and instructed his brethren in the way of life.
The reply made to him proves the necessity of searching the Scriptures, those holy writings given by inspiration of God for our learning, and teaches us that they are all sufficient for our instruction; and that those who will not be persuaded by them would not be persuaded by any miracle. "If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead." Let us then turn to the Bible for instruction in our duty in every station, and for support under all our trials whether of riches or poverty. Let us read constantly and with a humble heart:—and may the blessing of God, and the influence of His grace incline us to "read, mark, and inwardly digest" the bread of eternal life.— The close of Sarum. E.
MORNING PRAYER FOR CHILDREN.
O My good and heavenly Father, be merciful to thy child this morning: I am not worthy to lift up my eyes to thee: I am sinful and thou art holy: but my trust is in the Lord Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer, who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me :" blessed be His name: for His sake forgive all my sin, and take me now into thy favour and care, O Lord.
Without thee I am a poor lost creature: I have nothing, and can do nothing; but thou hast promised mercy to them that seek thee, and hast bestowed upon me many and great blessings; thou hast kept me through the night, and raised me from my bed: O make me thankful for thy goodness, and keep me this day from all evil and danger; from evil thoughts, and evil words, and evil deeds; be thy good angels my guard; and let me walk in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
Blessed Jesus, send thy Holy Ghost to guide me into all truth, and to give me a new heart and a new spirit; that I may do my duty as a child of God: and be made ready for that great and awful day, when I shall be judged by thee according to my works,
O thou God of love, bless my parents and teachers, let me ever love and obey them: bless all my dear relations and friends: bless our own minister, and every minister of thy Church: bless all our rulers and all thy people; O that we might all meet together in heaven, and praise thy name in glory everlasting, through Jesus Christ our only Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
EVENING PRAYER FOR CHILDREN.
Almighty and merciful Father, I humble myself and fall down upon my knees before thee, and pray that thou wilt pardon the sins that I have done this day, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
0 make me to repent truly and turn to thee; make me to hate every thing that is evil, the devil and all his works ; to watch against every bad passion, and put away every wicked deed; so that I may not be turned into hell with the people that forget God, but may flee from the wrath to come. O that I may love thee the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength. O that I may love and honour all men; but most of all, my dear parents and family and friends: make me kind to them: bless every one of them, good Lord: bless also my enemies and all mankind.
1 humbly thank thee, O God, for the mercies of the day past; and for all thy great goodness to me: I thank 1838.] ORANGE PEEL, &C. ON PATHWAYS. 403
thee for what thou hast done for my body and my soul; for the Holy Bible, which tells me of the love of Jesus who died for me; and shows me the way to heaven: O give me grace to walk in that way every day and hour, and to rejoice in the Lord alway; that I may be numbered with thy chosen people; and sing praises, with them and the angels, to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God world without end. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
The grace of our Lord, &c.
ON GOING TO BED.
I will both lay me down in peace and sleep; for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety: O let me sleep in Jesus, on my bed, and in the grave; O let me awake with God in the morning, and rise at last to glory.
On Removing Orange Peel, Bean Shells, &c. From The Street Pavements.
Mr. Editor, The heading of this letter does not present a very dignified title to your readers; nevertheless it may do some good. I remember an article, in your useful work, recommending us to remove orange peel from the flag pavements of our streets, to prevent any person from slipping on them; for want of which easy charity, many serious accidents occur. Since reading your article, I saw, in a newspaper, a collection of little maxims, and small pieces of advice. One was this;—
"Everybody should try, every day, lo be of some use to his fellow-creatures; a man may do some good, though he only gets the habit of removing orange-peel from the pavement as he passes along the streets." I will not boast, Sir, of my own good deeds, for in truth they are few enough ; but this is a habit that 1 have long had ; and I was sadly convinced of the importance of it, by a grievous accident of which I was an eyewitness a few weeks ago. A a 4
A poor old woman had a grievous fall in the street of the city from which I write this: she was carried into a neighbouring house, and was sadly cut and bruised by her fall, and shaken moreover in a manner which is likely to be of serious consequence to her as long as she lives, and may probably hasten her end. She had slipped on a bean-pod which happened to be lying on the pavement Now, if I had happened to have been before her, instead of behind her, this accident would not have occurred; for I should certainly have removed the cause of offence from the pavement with my walking-stick. You may perhaps deem this, Sir, an idle letter, and not worth printing: if, however, its insertion may lead others to be careful how they put this danger in the way of others, or may induce any one to exercise the cheap charity of removing it, I think you will not grudge to print the friendly caution.
Many cottagers in the neighbourhood of Brigg, Lincolnshire, have adopted a mode of manuring their gardens which cannot be too generally followed. Their pig-sties are so formed that all the nuisance runs into a tub in one corner, which is emptied, as occasion requires, upon their garden ground, by which simple method their potatoe crops, &c. are doubled, and at the same time a great nuisance prevented.
THE QUEEN! THE QUEEN! GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
The Queen! the Queen! God save the Queen,
Our native English rose;
On British faith repose;