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Remark to the Sick Person.—That many most excellent persons have suffered the greatest bodily pains and sickness, as Job, Hezekiah, Lazarus,—and that under them all they put their trust in God. That as Christ healed the greatest distempers amongst the Jews, and as God sent an angel to strengthen Christ in his agony, so he will always send a remedy for the greatest of our sufferings, either by blessing the means used for our recovery, or by taking us away from our distress. That he never willingly afflicts us, and that what pain and misery he may send, it will prove beneficial to us. We are not to think that because God sometimes afflicts is very sorely, that therefore he is unmindful of us, but that in all circumstances “ God's design is to “ bring us happily to himself in another 6 world, and he will leave no means “ unessayed for that purpose. If we “ have the same end in view, and look “ up to him as carrying it on steadily for
“ us, we may be happy both here and “ hereafter. If we have not, the conse“ quence must necessarily be despon“ dency, vexation, and fretfulness at the " ways of Providence."-(Adams's Private Thoughts.)
For one that is low spirited. Collect for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.
Read Psalms 4th, 43rd, 56th, and 69th. St. Matthew, 4th chapter, to 12th verse. St. Luke, 12th chapter, to verse 8th. St. John, 11th chapter, to verse 46th, and 16th chapter.—Hebrews, 10th chapter, and 12th chapter to 14th verse. 1st Epistle of St. John, 1st chapter, or the following texts :
Hebrews, 12th chapter, 1st, 2nd and 3rd verses. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let iis run with patience the our Saviour Jesus Christ. That there is no other name under heaven given amongst men whereby we can be saved, and therefore that all our prayers for forgiveness must be offered up in his name, and in firm trust and confidence in his -power, and willingness to hear and help us.
For one that has been long ill.
Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity.
Read Psalms 119th, from verse 65 to 81; 102nd and 142nd.-Genesis, 3rd chapter, to verse 20th.—Deut. 28th chapter, from 58th verse.-St. Matthew, 9th chapter, from verse 20 to 23d.-St. Mark, 2nd chapter, to 14th verse.—St. Luke, 4th chapter, from verse 38 to 42nd.St. John, 5th chapter to 17th verse.Romans, 8th chapter, from verse 18th to 29th, and from the 35th verse to the end, or the following texts :
St. Paul's 2nd Epistle to the Corin
thians, 4th chapter, 17th and 18th verses. For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen : for the things which are seen are temporal ; but the things which are not seen are eternal.—5th chapter, 1st and 2nd verses. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we grone earnestly, desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.
St. Paul's 2nd Epistle to Timothy, . 2nd chapter, 11th and 12th verses. It is a faithful saying, for if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us.
Remark to the Sick Person. That God in the midst of judgment remembers
mercy (and instance his saving Noah from the flood, and Lot from the overthrow of the cities of the plain) and that the severest of his afflictions are attended with some advantages. Sickness gives us time for reflection, repentance, and resolutions of amendment. It ought to raise our thoughts to the cause of all human sorrow in the disobedience of man, and to consider our sins as the cause of our sufferings. That in all our sufferings God is our help and comfort, and that as Christ healed the sick who believed in him, so he will relieve those who submit to his will, either by removing their sickness, or by taking them to himself, that where he is, they may be also.
Christ the Sinner's Refuge.
Collect for the Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity