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by Him just as He pleases. And let us fhow Him now, that we have prepared no less gift than our whole selves to be bestow'd on Him; that we are very desirous of th' honor to be commanded by Him, and to do Him Service;and that if He will make us more desirous, more resolv'd and fedalt in these holy purposes, we will never cease to thank Him in this manner as long as we live. And approaching thus with all Humility to Him, may we not hope that He will accept us, and receive us as his friends, and imbrace us with real Love, and inclose us, as we desire, unto Him felf? Nay, He will hold us faft tied in the bonds and cords of his Love; not to fetter and imprison us; but to unlock
open our narrow hearts by the power of it, that they may be inlarged into the true liberty of love to Him, and to all the world. We may hope at last that it will become as unnatural to offend Him, as it is to kill our felves, or
against the bowels of a most indulgent Parent : that obedience shall be our Delight : that all good things on earth, which have been our hinderance, Thall prove our incouragemeut and provocation to an Holy life: and that our watchfulness over our felves shall be so strict and se vere; that we shall not be easily surpriz’d: but continually Worship Him, by presenting Him with a Spirit like his own, innocent's harmless, and delighting co do all good,
$. 14. OCTOBER. How long is it fince we thought of the best friend we have in the whole world? and whut were our last thoughts of him? did we not a very liitle while ago long for his company ? and wish the time were come wherein we mighe again injoy him? did we not count the days till that happy time when he promised to return, or fend unto us? And Suppose be be dead, with what passion do we follow his memory; how are we mov'd with the mention of his dear name; how glad to possess any relique of him; tho it be but his shadow? or how oft do we look upon the lively pi&ture of him, which it drawn in our own imagination? and do we think is could fail to put us in mind of what he left us in charge when he departed this world? could we forget the Legacies he left us, or th' Inheritance be bequeaibid to us, as the Heirs of his love? O how long is it then
since Jesus was in our thoughts? can we not tell? was there ever such a friend as Fle, that died to fave us? càn any one pretend so much to our love, or merit of us so kind a Remembrance? who is there that ever died for the fake of his enemies? O how precious, how dear should the Name of Jesus be unto us! with what joy should we receive the news that He is coming to visit us! how welcome must this invitation be from our Blessed Savior, whom if we love we can't but long to see? it is the voice of our well-beloved that calls unto us and fays, come and feast with me; come and fee by these sensible figos, which ! have left to reprefent me, how much my Love has made Me suffer for you; behold the lively fizure of my Body and Bloud which was broken and fhed to releem you. I have caused it to be made on purpose that you might not forget me. What do we answer to Him, can we say, we have looked for this day? that we thought it long till we might go to his House, or at least were desirous to go and see Him set forth crucified before our eyes? why, what good did the last sight of Him do us? what pangs of love did we feel in ou
hearts? what pleasure, what joy in the remembrance of his kindness ? did it call all his Commands to mind, and recommend them effectually to our love? did it stir us up to do his Will, and make us more. zealous ever since in working that which is pleafing in his fight? what did we think of th' Inheritance He has giv'n us? Un inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and thai fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for us. I S. Pet. 1. 4. Did we be. heve his word, and verily expect to ceceive the reward of the Inheritance. Col, 3. 24. How did that Faith then work in our kearts, did it give us extreme content?having hope to see Him, did it make us purifyour felves,even as He is pure! 15. John 3. 3. Let us go then now as friends of his and do the same again; renew our Remembrance of Him; show Him the Beliet we havein Him; the Love we bear to his Name and Word; how resolu'd we are never to forget Him; and how happy we think our felves in the portion He has given us in his grace and love; profefs to Him'that his Commandments are dear. er to us than our lives; and that we will sooner part with them, than not to perform his holy Will in every thing; vow to Him again that we will be true and faithful a to Him; imbrace all our Brethren there assembled with a kind
Affection', because they are his friends and followers; desire that all the world thould know Him and be acqnainted with Hinr; and that a perpetual memory of Him may be preserv'd, by doing this as long as the sun and Moon indure, And can we do it without those passions which the thoughts of a friend are wont. to raise up in our hearts? none of 'eny, fure, will be absent upon this occasion; they will all attend us in this holy action, and we shall feel the greatest gratitude to our Savoir, who has done so much to deferve our Love, which is so little worth to Him. Then we shall hear Him as good as say unto us, Sons be of good chear, your fins are forgiven you. All that I have is yours; I will be an Everlasting Friend to you, and make you inherit all things; it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingilom. S. Luke 12. 32. And here I give you nelt of that purchased possession; what reason have you to doubt of th' injoyment, if you are my friends by doing whatsoever I command you do not friends partake in eachi others Goods? My power which I have over all things in Heaven and Earth shall assist you; my Angels shall be your Guardians, My Spirit shall be your Guide and Director. My Comforts shall support and incourage you.
Because I live, ye shall live also; s. 7ohn 14. 19. I came that my fheep might have life, and that theymight have it more abuns dantly.ch. to. 1o.
S. Is. NOVEMBER. WITH what wonder and admiration do we entertain those things which are strange and unusuals the very news of 'em carries great numbers to see 'em, and the light of 'en fixes their eyes upon them, as if they could never have enough of 'em. Behold here the Wonder of wonders, which we are callid to fee, and feed our Eyes aud Hearts withal! God is come to dwell in Flesh; this flelh is made a Sacri. fice for the Sins of the World; and He invites us now to a Feast upon that Sacrifice, that we may dwell in Him,and He in us.
Marvellous love! what eyes ever saw such a fight as the Son of God dying on a Cross? th' only begotten of the Father bleeding as a Malefactor? the glorious King of Heaven laying down his life freely for his own subjects : Rebels I should have called 'em, and enemies to Him? Where are all our thoughts? where is our adinirarion? what is become of our lose? whither are all our de. fires gone? It will be a new Wonder if they do not assemble themselves together at the Commemoration of such Love, which does us the grace to make us partakers of that Body and Bloud which was fo offered up to God. Strange! that our thoughts should be so heavy, and our affections fo coll! that our hunger and thirst, our love and our joy should be no more excited, at the very motion to go to the House of. God, to make a hankful Remembrance of his Death! We think the Angels lead a happy life in their blefled imploy. ment of giving conrinual praises to God : why do we not go then with a more forward joy into the courts of the Lord to do this in remembrance of Chrijt, which those heave enly Creatures don't do? for He took not on Him the nature of Angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham: Heb. 2. 16. for whom He has prepared also this sacred food of which they never tasted. Unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my Son this day have I begotten thees Or, Dit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy, footstool? Heb. 1, 513. Are we not desirous of honor,and greedy of gainful preferment? are we not prone to seck great things for our selves? What greater honor or dignity can there be than to be so nearly related to the Lord of all; to be a Member of Him that is Head of all Principalities and Powers? Behold the treasures of grace and glory which He offers us, and by these signs of his Body and Bloud would make over to us. Is not Love the very life and foul of the World? is it not the joy and fatisfaction of hearts? Behold here the worthiest object of it that ever
See how He would fill and poll is our whole souls with perfect contentment; and left we should be fo unhappy as net to dwell in Love, fee how He wou'd ingage us, by these bonds in which we are going to ty our felves, to love the Lord our God with all our hearts , souls, and ftrength; and our Neighbors, as our felves, How doth He comply with our molt natural inclinations? how does He study to gratify us in our most noble delires ? Let us call up our best and purest thoughts; ftrain our felves to the height of admiration; indeavor to forget all other things, and only to look at present upon Jesus. If any thing can make us love God, it must be his Love; if any thing can make us kate Sin, it must be this Sacrifice, for it; it any
thing can make us willing and obedient, it must be his bedience to the death. We must think then,when we como into his presence, that we see Him hanging on his Cross; think that we fee Him spreading out his arms, and refigoing Himself co the Will of God; that we behold his gaping Wounds, and the blood trickling down his Sacred Body; that we hear Him cry unto us; Did I uot love you when I bled to death for you? did I not love you when I indured this pain and forrow to redeem your could I do more than give my felf to deliver you from death, and no pen the Kingdom of Heaven and Exeroal Life? And then what heart is there that need be taught what to say, and what it should do on this occasion ? who can refrain himfelf trom giving blefling, and praise, and glory in the higheft to Him? who can want thanks to render Him for fach invaluable Benefits, or find in his heart to deny Him his Service? Nay, who would not rejoyce to think offerving. One that has merited thus of hiin, and intends to res ward his Duty with that very glory which the Father has given Him? Our Lord can'c but expect to see our Minds fraught with heavenly thoughts, and a most high esteem of Him:our hearts mighty full of Love, and Vows, and Resolutions, ready to be presented to Him : our Wills boura ing and submitting themselves wholly to his disposal. And to all such He says by his Ministers, Come to my supper for all things are ready; Come, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort. Rejoyce with Me and be exceeding glad? for I love you, and will love you to the end.
S. 16. DECEMBER. NEED we be told after a whole years service. ar least, of our Blesed Master Jefus, what that duty is weare now going to perform to Him? Are we not preparing our felves, according to his command, to make a folemn commenteration before God; Angels and Men, of his unheard of Love in dying for us? to make a profession of our sincere love and affection to Him? To iigage to Him our fidelity, to renew the Covenant that is between us, to open our hearts to Him, and to confirm to Him the most absolute poteflion of our souls and Bodins? To wait on Him for his eontinued Grace, and that we may feel the power of his Deich zad Refurrection. To Show Him our willingness