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    PRAYER   Table of Contents     MEDITATION IX

Stewart, Maria.



Is there no balm in Gilead, and is there no physician there? Yes, there is balm in Gilead and there is a physician there. And O, my soul thou hast found that physician, and he hath

applied his healing medicines to thy bleeding heart, and hath cured thee of, thy wounds. Come, then, all ye mourning souls to this physician; he alone can heal your maladies. Are you poor? He is inexhaustibly rich and benevolent, and will heal you without price money and without price. Is your case a desperate one? Are you full, of wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores?--Come just as you are. Look steadfastly to him, believe in his skill, and you shall be made whole.

Another year is past and gone forever. Have been deeply impressed on account of past sins and ingratitude. But methinks I hear a voice which says--Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Methinks I hear a voice which says,--Daughter,be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. Consoling thought! O thou compassionate Redeemer, was it love that induced thee to leave the realms of bliss, and take upon thee the form of a servant, and descend into this lower world, to die for fallen man? Infinite love! Amazing condescension! A mystery indeed, that the angels desire to look into. Even eternity will be too short for bloodwashed millions to celebrate thy praises


O, thou sin-forgiving God, they that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. Lord, I am sick, and full of diseases. If than wilt, thou canst make me clean. Though my sins have been as scarlet, thou canst make them as wool; and though they be red like crimson, thou canst make them whiter than snow. Were

it not that there is a sufficiency in thy blood to atone for the vilest, the view of my past sins and transgression would sink me in despair. But thou hast said, him that cometh to thee, thou wilt no wise cast out. Lord, I come, pleading alone the merits of up Redeemer; not only for myself do I plead, but for the whole race of mankind; especially for the benighted sons and daughters of Africa. Do thou loose their bonds, and let the oppressed go free. Bless thy churches throughout the world. Clothe they ministers with salvation, and cause thy saints to shout for joy. Grant that the time may soon come, that all may know thee from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. In an especial manner wilt thou look down upon the church to which I belong. Fire our souls with a only zeal for thy cause, and let us not rest at ease in Zion, whilst souls are perishing for the lack of knowledge. Wilt thou increase her number of such, and such only, as shall be saved. Bless our pastor with a double portion of thy Spirit. Encourage his heart, and strengthen him in the inward man, and may he see the work of the Lord prosper in his hands. And now, Lord, what wait I for Dispel every gloomy fear that pervades my mind, and enable me to hope in thy mercy, and to thee will I scribe praises everlasting.
    PRAYER   Table of Contents     MEDITATION IX