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JANUARY, 1873.


HAT shall be our Motto for the New Year in connection with

the Jewish work and the Jewish Herald ? What high purposes shall we form ; what resolutions shall we make in the name of the Lord; what record shall we inscribe upon the fair, unsullied page opening before us ? That just closed is

blotted and defaced; many almost illegible marks tell of mistakes and misadventures, and we write the feelings of our readers

when we sum up all the past in the few but forcible words of our noble English confession :“We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done."

And yet there is a brighter aspect in which to view the year now rolled away. It has not been altogether lost to the Christian, but has borne upon its wing something achieved for the honour of God, and, by His grace, there has been more or less of earnest desire to fulfil His commands and to do His will. The energy, be it much or little, which has accomplished anything was not our own, nor can we claim in any wise praise or glory. There should always, however, be humble yet grateful recognition of what divine powerworking in a people made willing—has accomplished“ to the praise and glory of His grace by which we are made accepted in the. Beloved.” Weigh all the Christian's performances in the balances of the Sanctuary, and we see how light they are,—light even in comparison with what they might and ought to have been. There is, however, we think, often an affectation of humility among the servants of God which is displeasing to Him. David said, “By my God I have run through a troop, and by my God I have leaped over a wall ;” and Paul declares, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” And both David and Paul believed the words they spoke, and acted on that belief.

God is honoured by His children proving overcomers in the strife, and being active and untiring workers in the field. The soldiers of the Cross are a mighty generation. They have ever “subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises,” and performed many other noble acts by the might of their God and King, and in His victorious name.



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