Till we all attain — unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Eph. 4: 13.

Let Thy Dove Shadow me o'er, and my sins Be unremembered, and Thy love Enlighten me. — Alfred Tennyson.

IT is a great thing, surely, to pray that we should be full of God ; greater still to be filled with all the fullness of God, but unspeakably greater to pray that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. Dare we offer this prayer.^ Dare we submit to the crucifixion of sin which it implies.^ Dare we grasp the tliought of the blessings which it includes ? We ought to pray this prayer often. Religion is everything. It is God's divinest gift to man. We often fall below our possibilities as sons and daughters of the Almighty. We should be like God. We have the glorious promise that if we love Christ, we shall some day be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. We are here and now sons of God; we are here and now partakers of the divine nature. But it doth not yet appear what we shall be, for we shall be filled with all the fullness of God.

Hide not Thy face from me; put not Thy servant away in anger, Thou hast been my help; cast me not off, neither for-

sake me, O God of my salvation. Ps. 27: 9. Wilt Thou not quicken us again, that Thy people may rejoice in Thee. Amen. Ps. 85: 6.

366 ROYAL MESSAGES 12-31 For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return. Job i6: 22.

The year Has gone, and with it many a glorious thing Of happy dreams. Its mark is on each hour, Its shadows in each heart. In its swift course It waved its scepter o'er the beautiful And they are not. It laid its paUid hand Upon the strong man, and the haughty form is fallen. — Oeorge Denison Prentice.

EACH year is a volume in the history of our lives. When closed^ this volume never can be opened by us; it is closed until it shall be opened on the great day when we shall stand before the great white throne. It is marvelous that God is mindful of man. It must be rememberedj however, that on another side of his life, man is immortal. His life touches the life of God; he is a part of the eternal flame. The very brevity of our earthly life is a rebuke to those who live for this life alone ; this brevity is a trumpet call to prepare for eternity. The closing year is a prophet of the new and grander year. Let us take a fresh start; let us write on a new and white page. Let us make a nobler and diviner record for God and man!

A thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past. Thou earnest them away as vnth. a flood; they are as asleep: in the morning they are like grass, which groweth up. So teach us to number our days that we may get us a heart of wisdom. Amen. Ps. 90: 4, 5, 12.

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