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Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels

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BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D.

Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth. —
St. Luke xv., 7.
BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D.

Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth. —
St. Luke xv., 7.

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GUARDIAN ANGELS BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D. Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth. — St. Luke xv., 7. T^HIS is one of the many passages of Scripture * which we have never fully apprehended. In-deed, I sometimes think that we go to the Bible to find statements which will corroborate a theory of our own instead of studying it for the purpose of drawing from it the system which it was given to reveal. There is a great deal in the popular belief which I cannot find any warrant for in the language of Christ, and there is also a great deal in the Bible which I do not find in the popular belief. We be-lieve more than is necessary in some directions, and not as much as is necessary in others. If we could slough off what men have taught us as the truth and simply sit at the feet of the Master,
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as the multitudes did in Judea, we should discover, 27 28 HERALD SERMONS perhaps to our surprise, that the essentials of re-ligion are very few in number and that they can be as easily understood by the unlettered workingman as by the best scholar in the land. My text, for example, contains two or three truths which have been most persistently ignored, and which are rarely spoken of by our religious teachers. And yet they are truths as beautiful as the sunshine and as needful in the spiritual life as dew is needful to flowers. First, heaven and earth cannot be far apart if there is rejoicing in the one place over incidents which oc-cur in the other. There may be a certain indefinite-ness in the mind as to the locality of heaven, and it
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is more than probable that this indefiniteness is for a good reason, but if we are assured that it is in such near neighborhood that those who live there are interested in what is going on here we have a fact which is of the greatest importance, and one which changes the whole outlook of our lives. The worst feature of bereavement is the feeling that the dear one has gone so far beyond our horizon line that communication is not to be thought of. It is that feeling which breaks the heart and prompts us to wear the deepest mourning. GUARDIAN ANGELS 29 If one of the family goes to Europe the sense of loss is very profound, and the separation is hard to bear, but behind it all is the thought that the child is not only alive, but that he is in a better environ-ment than we could afford him in the home. We grieve, but mingled with the grief is something which makes us feel even proud of our ability to
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