Mary, the Handmaid of the Lord, by the Author of 'Tales and Sketches of Christian Life'

9780217615068: Mary, the Handmaid of the Lord, by the Author of 'Tales and Sketches of Christian Life'

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854. Excerpt: ... THE MINISTRY OF ANGELS. It is now eighteen hundred years since the heavens have been opened, save to the departing spirits they have received, or the eyes of men have been opened to see what lies nearer than the heavens, the hosts of God ministering to men; yet, during all these ages, not a day has passed in which the angels have not been doing God's pleasure--the pleasure of Him to whom the joy of saving sinful men was such, that the shame of the cross was despised to obtain it, whose joy in a ransomed soul is such, that the heart of a mother is appealed to as alone able to comprehend it: "She remembereth no more the anguish for the joy;" "He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied." So long, while men have been writing biogra B phies of each other and raising monuments, have the angels been at work in silence amongst us; bringing blessings with footsteps so soft, that those who receive them, finding in the still chambers of the soul some heavenly gift, know not how it has come, but only whence, and, looking up, praise the Sender, while the messenger, perchance, stands by with folded wing and rejoices, and would have it even so. Surely we might learn more from these ministers of heaven,--these "elder sons of God," whom one day the children of the resurrection are to be like. Our spiritual world is too poor and empty. We do not exult enough in the wealth of our Creator. It is true that in the daylight the stars are hidden, but is it no joy to think the stars are there? In the city which has no need of the sun, myriads of "shining ones" can yet give light, and every precious stone has its part in mirroring the living ray. It is He who has made the spring-morning with its songs from hundreds of happy birds, its fragrance of thousands of...

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