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be not light, and rash, and trifling, in the presence of crimes committed against God, against your own soul !—“What must I do?” Weep, smite upon thy breast, and cry mightily unto God—“What words shall I use?” These, Gracious Father, “Put Thou my tears into Thy bottle.” Be not desponding ; be not downcast overmuch. The workings of repentance beget spiritual strength. Jesus Christ hath died; the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us unto God. Confide in Him. Cling to the Cross. Go to the tomb. Rise with Him. In heart and affection bear Kim company to heaven, and still holding Him firm, to the pitiful and gracious Father say—“Put Thou my tears into Thy bottle.”
Time squandered ; opportunities lost; friends unreproved; enemies unwon. Oh, tears flow again ; let them flow. The deadly sleep, the woeful hap, the judgment looming, over the many all round about. The myriads in heathendom. The groans of creation. Oh! all these verities strike the rock of our heart, and tears must flow. Yes, but turn to God; think ; pray; hope ; trust. He knoweth the end from the beginning; He ordereth all things. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
The world is growing old. The clouds of ignorance and sin are beginning to break. The night-time is nearly over. The morning is about to dawn. The Father will summon the family together, and wipe
all tears from their eyes.
Wait a little while, my brethren, and bethink you always of a Father's love and compassion; earnestly pray—“Put Thou my tears into Thy bottle !"
THE HOME KINGDOM.
LUKE xyii. 21.
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for,
behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
SUPPOSE we were informed, on the best possible authority, that, in the heart of Africa, there was a kingdom, great, refined, and glorious. The throne, established on righteousness.
The laws, based on truth.
The people, rich and happy. The products of the soil, gold, silver, waving corn. Unique in every respect. What effect would such tidings have on the outer world! What variety of emotions would be instantly set at work in this realm of England! The Christian would leap for joy, and be astonished, as Abraham was when he met with Melchizedek. The philosophers would meet in earnest conclave, and consult together on so strange a discovery. The merchants would take immediate steps to open an account with so rich a country. The poor, the bankrupt, the