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reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your

heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye “ not much better than they?"

The little innocent inhabitants of the air, which are continually flying around us, were not created only for the use of the body of man. They serve higher and nobler ends. They often reąd lectures, to which the greatest philosopher might attend, and be the better for them, if he would consider and apply them aright. When therefore you behold one of these choristers of heaven singing upon a naked bush, amidst the darkness and desolation of winter, might you not address it in some such manner as the following ? -“ Sweet bird, how cheer

fully dost thou fit and sing; and yet “ knowest not where thou art, nor where “ thou shalt make thy next meal, and at

night must shroud thyself in this same “ bush for a lodging, while the winds shall “ howl through it, and thy feathers shall “ be wet with the rain, or covered with “ the snow! How ought I to blush, who

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“ see before me such liberal provisions of Disc.

my God, and find myself Gtting warm “ under my own roof, yet am ready to droop

through a distrustful and unthankful dul« ness! Had I so little certainty of my

support and shelter, how anxious and “ heartless should I be; how little disposed “ to make music for thee or myself! Surely 66 thou camest not hither without a Provi« dence; God sent thee not so much to delight, as' to shame me out of

my

sullen « unbelief, who, under far more apparent “ means of maintenance and protection, am « less cheerful and confident. Reason and “ faith, alas, alas! have not yet done for me, " what mere instinct does for thee ; and “ want of foresight makes thee more merry, “ if not more happy here, than the forefight of better things maketh me. Certainly, thy providence, O God, is not im

paired by those superior powers thou hast “ given me ; let not my greater helps hin“ der me from possessing an holy secu

rity, and comfortable reliance on thee. - I “ never knew an earthly father take care of “his fowls, and neglect his children; and

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" That man is unworthy to have God for “ his father in heaven, who depends less

upon his goodnefs, wisdom, and power, a than upon à ctop

wbich spoiled either in the field, or the barn."

of corn,

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But forcibly as these little animals teach, the parts of inanimate nature are by no means behind hand with them. Walk into a flower-garden, and see with what beautiful garments God has invested the perifha ble grass, which to-day is, and to-morrow withers away. Above the rest, look at the lovely white of the lily, pure and spotlefs as it's parent, the light of heaven. Solow mon in all his glory was not arrayed like it. It resembles a greater than Solomon, whose face did fhine as the sun, and whose raiment was white as the light, fo as no fuller on earth, no effort of human skill and labour, could whiten it. From a flower of the field, then- from a flower of a moment's duration, man, who is made for heaven and eternity, may learn how low the DISC. care of Providence vouchfafes to stoop. And shall he not much more clothe

o See Bp. Hall's Occasional Meditations, No. xiv, and QUESNELL in loc.

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you, Oye of little faith? Shall he not protect and adorn his chosen people, the plants of his own hand, the flowers of his own paradise ? Yes, verily, believe in him, and he shall bring it to pass. The light of his countenance shall shine, the dew of his celeftial benediction shall descend upon you, enabling you to grow up and flourish, to reflect glory on your Maker, and to cheer the hearts of men. And although your appointed time on earth be short, and you likewise muft fade away, and return to duft; yet even from that dust can the same influences call you forth, to be clothed with honour and immortality, to enjoy a perpetual spring, and bloom for ever in unfading beauty. Such are the leffons of confidence in God's mercy, and resignation to his will, which meet us every time we take a walk in a garden.

Another reason urged by our Saviour against indulging that wretched care 'which has fretted so many hearts in pieces, is it's fruit

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half a century, what has it availed us ? Nothing. It is not in our power to add a day to our lives, or a foot to our stature. Which of you, by being anxious and careful overmuch, can add ono cubit to his stature? By taking contentedly and cheerfully our portion of food, the body attains in due time to that size and height which God has appointed, and lasts as long as he intends it should. Fretfulness and impatience may diminish something, but can add nothing. To what purpose, then, serves anxiety? If it cannot do the less, it certainly cannot do the greater. Uneasiness and distrust render us unworthy of that blessing, without which all our labour is in vain. And no wonder they should do so. He who distrusts a friend, is very near for faking him; and a man is not far from murmuring againft Providence, when he is dissatisfied with it's conduct. This is so very dangerous a temper of mind, that we should always be on our guard against falling into it, as many are apt to do, upon flight and common accasions, merely for want of consideration,

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