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On Religious Consolation in the Death of Children.

On Religious Consolation in the Death of Children.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.

MATTHEW, ii. 18.

" In Rama was there a voice heard, lamen-
tation, and weeping, and great mourning ;
Rachel weeping for her children, and
would not be comforted, because they are
not."
REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.

MATTHEW, ii. 18.

" In Rama was there a voice heard, lamen-
tation, and weeping, and great mourning ;
Rachel weeping for her children, and
would not be comforted, because they are
not."

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ON RELIGIOUS CONSOLATION IN THE DEATH OF CHILDREN. REV. R. MOREHEAD, A. M.MATTHEW, ii. 18. " In Rama was there a voice heard, lamen-tation, and weeping, and great mourning ; Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not." 1 HESE words, my brethren, of the Pro-phet Jeremiah, are applied, as you know, by the holy Evangelist, to that very ex-traordinary and horrible incident which 300 ON RELIGIOUS CONSOLATION he relates in this chapter : the massacre of the young children, perpetrated by Herod, in the hope that the infant king'
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of the Jews would thus be sacrificed to his jealous fury. In this expectation he was disappointed by the overruling hand of Providence ; and we, who in a distant age and country, meet at this day for the purposes of religion, in the name of the Child who was then spared, know, I trust, in what manner to value and to adore that watchful goodness, which, while it permitted the hearts of the mothers of Bethlehem to bleed, was yet laying firm, for all future generations of men, the foundation of their happiness and their hopes. To such extensive views of di-vine Providence, it is the delight of reli-gion to conduct the serious mind, and to clothe, with a mantle of celestial light, the most melancholy appearances which this lower world exhibits. In the first in-IN AFFLICTION. 301
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stance, indeed, nature fixes our thoughts on the appearances alone ; and when, as in the incident before us, we read of the mandate which the tyrant " sent forth t& slay all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under," we can, for a time, listen to no voice, except that which long be-fore had resounded in the ears of the pro-phet, " the voice of lamentation, and weep-ing, and great mourning ; Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing to be com-forted." In* the hour in which I speak, my bre-thren, such a voice, I fear, is but too fre-quent in the houses of our city ; and many a tear is now falling from the eyes of pa-rents over the lifeless remains of infant in-nocence and beauty. The same God, who, on one memorable occasion, permit-* February, 1808 ; \vhcn the disease of the Measles was fatally prevalent.
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