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“ Mr. W, Hawker, being present at this time, then said, * You now reap the benefit of your struggles for the means of grace. She said, 'I do; I do; one minute in heaven will recompense for all my trials here." Alluding to the chapel-to attend which she made such strenuous efforts, without regard to wind or rain - she observed, 0 if I could but see little Zion. The Lord, however, was evidently preparing her for the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalen, the Zion which is above; where, with the innumerable company of angels, and the general assembly and church of the first-born, she is now praising her Redeemer in sweeter and far nobler strains than she could sing while here below
He cbeers her with eternal smile,
Her sufferings were extreme; but she bore them with Christian resignation and fortitude. Being asked, if she wished to recover, she said, O no! I wish to be with Jesus, I want to be gone to my Jesus.' Again she exclaimed
"O let me languish into life.' Then she warned her youthful companions against living a sinful life; begging them to join the people of God, and prepare to meet her in heaven. When near death, her prospects of a better world were very bright-heaven seemed to beam on her countenance, and shortly after, saying, • Come, Lord Jesus !' she sweetly fell asleep in the arms of her Redeemer.”
Much, indeed, might be added to the above testimony concerning her piety and zeal for God. Her attendance on religious ordinances was exemplary. It is, indeed, apprehended that her illness was hastened through getting wet on a particular occasion, when going to hear a remarkable preacher. Prudence may dictate to many the necessity of taking proper precautions against damp and cold, yet it would be well with many if they were more attached to the means of grace. Her conversation was such as became her
profession of the Gospel of Christ. Her delight was to talk about Jesus. Her frequent song was
" Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
I love Jesus, Jesus smiles, and loves me too." She bore her afflictions with the patience of a Christian ; and she often gave expression to the satisfaction she felt in having embraced religion when in health. This sustained her when her heart and flesh were failing her; and “leaning on the arm of God," she has crossed the floods of death, and is now with the happy throng around the throne of God : where pain and parting are no more. “Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.” She entered into eternal life, December 29th, 1843, and whilst her body sleeps in the silent grave, her happy spirit is present with Jesus, until He comes in the clouds of heaven to be glorified in them that believe. Then
“ Arrayed in glorious grace,
Shall these vile bodies shine,
Be heavenly and divine."
In this record of experience many young persons may trace a resemblance to their own, and hence derive instruction and encouragement. Let them not despise and put away early religious convictions. We ought to yield to the impressions produced by the Holy Spirit on the mind; and those who carefully seek his direction shall be guided into the possession of perfect peace and happiness. Perhaps some, as Philippa once did, may have thought that they " are not wicked enough to be sent to hell; ” but let them consider that all that are not "good enough” to go to heaven, must go to hell, except they obtain a new heart and a right spirit. But let them examine themselves, and they may also find, that they have a high and haughty spirit, that they are vain and proud, and passionate. If so, they are unfit for the society of heaven. All are wicked enough to
go to hell who do not love God with all their heart and soul. By education and restraint many have been kept from wicked associations and habits, but every heart that is proud and passionate, fond of gaiety and worldly pleasure, and careless, or reluctant about religious duties, is an evil heart, and must be changed. May all the readers, therefore, of this memoir, be brought to see their undone condition before God, and the absolute need of salvation through Jesus; thus, like Philippa Broad, they will be led earnestly to seek redemption and the forgiveness of sins through the crucified Saviour; and then, like her, in life and death, they will be able to rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Talvan, June 24th, 1850.
LETTER ADDRESSED TO A YOUNG MAN.
From the American“ True Wesleyan." DEAR E.—I take this method of addressing you, because I can say some things more freely than by any other means. You are often on my mind. Your present and future interests and happiness frequently occupy my thoughts, and that future covers time and eternity. You have made a profession of religion, taken upon you the name of Christ. You are identified among his followers. In doing this you have acted intelligently, and voluntarily. It was your own personal act in view of all consequences. In doing this, as doubtless you did sincerely, you did but your duty. Christ and his religion with its cross and crown, its sorrows and joys, became yours; for the present and future. You are now, to use the language of a heathen, “ Jesus Christ's man." To him by self-dedication you belong, for time and eternity. Of all the acts of your life, this is the least to be regretted, the most to be rejoiced in. To sustain the character of an humble and devoted disciple of the Saviour through life, should be your highest ambition.
In all your present designs and plans, both time and eternity, should be taken into the account. Life at best is but a scene of toil, perplexity, and disappointment. Its chief importance consists in the influence which it may exert in eternity. He enjoys the present best, whose paramount purpose is to live for immortality. The experience of the wisest and best in all ages is the demonstration of this truth. They have made life but a pilgrimage, a tarrying place for a moment. Such it has never disappointed. Happy souls who have thus learned the true ends of existence.
When we are right inwardly; that is, when we are at peace with God and all mankind, and maintain a conscience void of offence both towards God and towards man, then we are at rest. The mind, staid on God, " is kept in peace." The rule of action then, is the revealed will of God, and the molive, the glory of God. This should be our standard of action in every case. Nothing can occur in life to which this standard will not apply. The law of God, or his revealed will, embracing all the precepts of the Gospel, is supreme and authoritative. It is the law of the moral universe. The highest angel in heaven, and the most inferior, but sincere disciple on earth, are alike controlled by it. Is this your law, my dear E.? No usage, no custom, can release you from its obligation. Indeed, when our hearts are right we embrace it with joy. This supposes a state of grace; enlightening, restoring, renewing, and sanctifying ; and also a Christian practice, especially that of prayer. The influence of prayer in preserving the soul in a state of tranquillity, strength to resist temptation and control the propensities of nature, is beyond all estimation. Indeed, Christian equanimity, holy peace, and an appropriate Christian development, cannot be preserved without prayer. Be sure then to renew your covenant with God every day, by self-dedication and prayer.
You may have supposed that your business circumstances, have been unfriendly to your religious interests, usefulness, and happiness. But is it in fact so? May you not have been mistaken? Let us look at it. You are where you are, by the Providence of God. That Providence has opened no other way for you. You are then in the place, the very place where God would have you be, and where you can now best glorify him. Thus your virtue is put to the test, your Christian patience and equanimity. Your kindness
may suffer. Lowness of spirits may be induced. But may not this discipline be necessary for you? By the exhibition of Christian meekness under it,, may you not glorify God as much as you could under any other circumstances ? This is the very end to be aimed at, to glorify God now, to-day, where I am either by doing or suffering his will. Let to-morrow look out for itself. It is your duty to be, what Christ would have you be, every day, in the place where his providence has fixed you. But you will say that you have not grace sufficient for it. Yet you may have. And you won't know till you try. God helps them who help themselves, in religion as well as any thing else.
Again, this discipline will not be without its good influence on your future life. You are learning by experience more of human nature. You will understand men and things, as you could by no other means. You will not be so much affected by the disappointments and reverses which may occur in your pilgrimage. Some of the most profitable lessons, which I ever received in my life came much in the same way. They were sore trials at the time. But God gave me grace to endure them, and they did me good. Events of this kind exert but a trivial influence, when it is “ our sole concern and single care” that each day tells favourably on the destinies of eternity.
I repeat, the great point is to be right every day; to possess peace, the witness of the Spirit; present devotional feeling; present good hope of eternal blessedness. Let tomorrow take care for itself. Thus you will realize God's presence, communion with Him, in your heart from day to day, from moment to moment. This is the source of spiritual life, and of all the graces of the Spirit. In this state the soul rests in peace, or rather as the origin of this peace, rests on Christ.
How noble the purpose to live for God and for immortality! Many no older than yourself have done it, why may you not? This is the highest purpose which can enter your soul; the one most worthy of the spirit destined to immortality. Should you go the round of all the purposes which enter into, and form the plans of worldly men, you