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death." It is at the door. Do not you hear it knock? Your aching limbs, your failing sight, your trembling hand, are all certain signs of the great approaching change. Are you then prepared to die? Have you believed in Christ? Have you, as a guilty sinner, fled to him for refuge? Has your heart been renewed by grace? Are you become " a new creature in Christ Jesus?" Are you "made meet," by the Spirit of God, "for the inheritance of the saints in light?"

These are some of the questions which you ought to ask yourselves. Put these questions to your hearts, and rest not without honest answers to them. If you have neglected the care of your soul till now, how deeply should you repent the shameful delay; and how earnest should you be in your prayers for the pardoning mercy of God through Jesus Christ, that now, though it be so late, even at the eleventh hour, you may obtain the salvation you have hitherto slighted and refused! Not a moment more must be lost. Oh then "seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."

But let the believer rejoice, for his redemption

draweth nigh. It is nearer than when he first believed. While you remain in the body, Christ will continue to support and comfort you. God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tried above what you are able to bear. As your day is, so shall your strength be. God will give you patience to endure all your pains and infirmities; and he has said, I will never, never leave nor forsake you; and then, in his own good time, he will relieve you from the burden of the flesh, and give you an abundant entrance into his eternal kingdom and glory.

Yet a season, and you know

Happy entrance will be given

All your sorrows left below,

And earth exchanged for heaven.

Joys to Come.


WILL not that joyful be,

When we walk by faith no more,
When the Lord we loved before
As Brother-man we see ;

When he welcomes us above,
When we share his smile of love,
Will not that joyful be?

Will not that joyful be,

When to meet us rise and come

All our buried treasures home,
A gladsome company!

When our arms embrace again

Those we mourned so long in vain,

Will not that joyful be?

Will not that joyful be,

When the foes we dread to meet,

Every one beneath our feet

We tread triumphantly!

When we never more can know
Slightest touch of pain or woe,
Will not that joyful be?

Will not that joyful be,

When we hear what none can tell
And the ringing chorus swell
Of angels' melody!

When we join their songs of praise,
Hallelujahs with them raise,

Will not that joyful be?

Yes! that will joyful be,

Let the world her gifts recall,
There is bitterness in all,

Her joys are vanity!

Courage, dear ones of my heart!

Though it grieves us here to part,
There we will joyful be!

The Promised Strength.


It is well, in every period of the Christian life, to have a right estimate of our own strength. The advanced believer is as unable by his own power to defend himself from sin and sorrow as the youthful Christian. But to each-and with peculiar force to the aged pilgrim, whose lengthened experience and deepened humility make him so distrustful of selfthe promise comes of Almighty help and succour. "As thy days," says the God of Israel, "so shall thy strength be." In every moment of need, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God." When difficulties and dangers arise in your path, let not the thought of your own weakness and insufficiency discourage you; for "I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." "Without me ye can do nothing;" but

* Deut. xxxiii. 25.

† Isa. xli. 10.

|| John xv. 5.

Isa. xli. 10.

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