Digiti zed by Google SERMO XV. 217 is poverty, is pain or adversity, our portion here ? How cheering the reflection to the child of God, that all this will soon be over ! That in that house, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens^ there is no pain,^ nor sorrow, nor crying ; that tears are there wiped from all faces ; that no mourners go about the streets ; that there the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weaiy are at rest ! But persons not thus visited with affliction^ have their trials, their perplexities, and exercises of patience. The man who appears prosperous to the world, often feels, how little the many around him know the doubts, the disappointments, the cares, that weigh upon his mind, by day, and hover round his bed, at night. Let one trouble be laid at rest ; and other troubles will rise upon his imagination, and press upon his heart. We may see our way out of one difficulty ; but that removed, new difficulties will start up in its place. Such, my brethren, is the life of man. Man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward. And, on this point, take the counsel of one who has thought, and who has felt, not a little, on the subject. If you have an anxious mind, you never will, be relieved, by seeing your way through the difficulties of life. You never will be able to sit down, and see all matters so arranged, as that you can say, *' now my perplexities are at an end."