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TO MY FRIENDS,

THE MEN AND WOMEN

OF

CHERITON,

THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED

BY

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

So many books have already been written upon the Lord's Prayer, that some apology seems needed for adding to the number.

These “ Thoughts” having been found helpful to the Men and Women of a country village, they are now published in hope that others also may derive some help and comfort from them.

I desire to thank the Authors and Publishers for their kind permission to use several Hymns in this voluine. The Hon. Mrs. Gerard Noel, for two Hymns from “The Name of Jesus, and other Poems," by the late Miss C. M. Noel; Mrs. Monsell for three Hymns by the late Rev. John Monsell; Miss Havergal for two Hymns by the late Miss F. R. Havergal; Messrs. Nelson and Son, for two of the “Hymns from the Land of Luther”; and Mr. Mack, for two Hymns by the late Miss H. Bowman, from "Songs amid the Shadows.”

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I have also included several anonymous Hymns, the authors of which I have been unable to discover; but should any copyright have been unknowingly infringed, I should be glad to be made aware of it, that the mistake may be rectified.

E. C. 0.

CHERITON RECTORY, ALRESFORD,

Easter, 1884.

THOUGHTS FOR MEN AND WOMEN.

THE LORD'S PRAYER.

I.

OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN.

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“Like as a Father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.". Psalm ciii. 13.

“Doubtless Thou art our Father, Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer, Thy Name is from everlasting.”Isaiah lxiii. 16.

“Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him."-St.

Matt. vi. 8.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without

your

Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."-St. Matt. x. 29–32.

I will arise, and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned

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against Heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son, make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose and came to his father. And when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him."-St. Luke xv. 18, 19.

“Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.”—St. Luke xxiii. 46.

“No man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.”-St. John X. 29.

“The Father Himself loveth you.”—St. John xvi. 27.

“Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you."-St. John

xvi. 23.

“I am not alone, because the Father is with Me."-St. John xvi. 32.

“I ascend unto My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.”—St. John XX. 17.

“I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord God Almighty.—2 Corinthians vi. 17, 18.

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