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LONDON: FRANCIS & JOHN RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACE.
The year that has passed has been a year of trouble to
many. Sickness and death have had unusual power
among us, and I suppose that scarcely a person is to be
met with who has not suffered, either in himself or in his
family. Sudden deaths have been frequent both among
the old and the young.
What effect should this fact have on those who are
spared to begin another year? Is it possible for any of
us to make sure of living to see another New Year's-day?
Considering the year that is past, are not the chances
rather against it? Have we not seen those of the same
age as ourselves snatched away? Have we not seen
those as strong, as healthy as ourselves, laid prostrate
as in a moment? But we do not like to think of this;
it makes us gloomy; and the subject of our own death is
always unpleasant to us. Let us, then, take it for
granted, that this is but the beginning of many years, it
may be forty or fifty. Does this make any difference as
to the work we have to do? We shall at some period
or other be summoned to meet our God; and therefore
it is clearly our duty to prepare for that summons.