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THE TIME OF OLD AGE.

THE TIME OF OLD AGE.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THE REV. JOHN ALDIS.
Preached in Regents-park, Sunday, August 2, iS

Psalm lxxi, 9. Cast me not off in the time of old age. Forsake me not when my strength faileth.
BY THE REV. JOHN ALDIS.
Preached in Regents-park, Sunday, August 2, iS

Psalm lxxi, 9. Cast me not off in the time of old age. Forsake me not when my strength faileth.

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THE TIME OF OLD AGE. BY THE REV. JOHN ALDIS. Preached in Regents-park, Sunday, August 2, iS Psalm lxxi, 9. Cast me not off in the time of old age. Forsake me not when my strength faileth. I venture to say that none of you ever heard this text preached from before. The young naturally would not advert to it. Somehow the old do not seem to like to do so. Still, old age is one of the facts in human life, and it has its interest and its relation. We invite your attention to it now. All things stand mercifully related to man's highest interest. There is a grand purpose of mercy to be wrought out in connection with human life, and every stage of human life has its peculiarities both of in-terest and of duty. There is in the exemplification of character through every phase of life something worthy of contemplation ; and the Divine discipline and the Divine mercies blending with every part should give to it an amount of interest to every mind. Let me, then, direct your attention to some general thoughts connected with "the time of old age." And, first, be it good or ill, few compara-tively share it. Most die young. More die under twenty than over. Many, too, of the most eminent in all departments die young — Burns and Byron in the walk of poetry, Pascal in the higher walk of philosophy. Many, too, distinguished by their piety and devotedness have been thus early called away. I know that here is room for illusion. Their good-
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said that the sword is too sharp for the scabbard. One of the heathen poets declared " whom the gods love die young." It would seem that what is unfinished here may be finished hereafter, and that what is so mysterious to us now may be more fully explained hereafter. Recog-nising this thought, that they belonged to Him who made them, and were fitted for the saintly world to which they had been removed that there they may live a perfect life and do a perfect work, we can only bow. This, however, is certain, that only a comparatively few live to be old. How many of you who are young will live to be old ? At what date will your career be stopped, when your last breath will be drawn, God only knows. More or fewer, let all your days be given up to the Re-deemer. Dying early, or at a later period, only seek to live for Christ, and then to die in Christ ; and, being so, for you to live, less or more, will be Christ, and for you to die, whenever you die, will be eternal and glorious gain. But, in regard to old age, the first remark I make is that the time of old age is specially the time, for prayer.. The, whqle of hijrnai} life ifeuit i illfcfM feMk ftWTO ifefe miigim 'ite highest r r e eM\on °o\ \¥A l\fe \°o fe &«ft who five ft, M Inl&ffll \% i^fc ffl ft! $&ESik $& feel tft te&M > Sfi4 ?& ft* time «f Qtt IP B
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