MORNING GRATITUDE BY WILLIAM JAY

“My voice thou shalt hear in the morning O Lord” (Psalm 5:3)

How much is there in the morning to call forth the voice of thanksgiving!  Let us think of the season we have just passed through.  How many many houseless creatures this night have no place where to lay to their heads!  How many victims of accident and disease have been full of tossing to and fro, until the dawning of the day; their beds have not comforted them, nor their couch eased their complaint!  Many have been deprived of repose while attending their neighbours, friends and relations, in sickness and sorrow! How many since the last setting sun, have entered an awful eternity!  How many this night, have been cut off in their sins! Many have been terrified, robbed, injured, murdered, by wicked and unreasonable men!  How many have been consumed by fire, or drowned with water!  How many, this night, have been engaged in works of darkness; and who, if any knew them, would be in the terrors of the shadow of death.!  How many have risen this morning to pass the day in anguish!  How many to suffer want!  How many who have all things richly to enjoy, have risen to live another day without God in the world!  They lie down and rise like the beasts that perish;  God is not in all their thoughts.  And is it otherwise with us?  What shall we render unto God for all his benefits toward us?  Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together.”

(From William Jay’s Morning Exercises, 18th August)

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