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departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind; and they were afraid. They also which saw it, told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about, besought him to depart from them ; for they were taken with great fear. And he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
What more fearful spectacle is there, than a mind in ruins ? what more beneficent act than its restoration to intellectual health ? What blessing then, can approach in value to a comparison with the intellectual portion of our nature! How should we bless the “ Father of our spirits," that he has permitted us thus to bear the image of himself! And how deeply then are we responsible for the right cultivation and employment of our mental powers; for their developement, fully, and in their due proportion. We here commence an existence which shall never end. How important that it should be commenced aright ; that now, in this, the infancy of our being, we learn to love that God, whose presence will be with us through eternity; and to expand those faculties with which we are endowed, in such a manner, that ages hence we may look back on this dawn of our existence as a fit commencement for the bright course of heavenly glory to which it introduced us.
Oh uncreated Light and Love,
Thy image, then, by thee impressed,
Oh banish from thy servants' path
And when, life's journey o'er, we tread
CURE OF A PARALYTIC.
MARK II. AND again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house, and straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door; and he preached the word unto them. And they came unto him, bringing one sick of the
palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was ; and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately, when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they 80 reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts ? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven ; or to say, Arise, take up thy bed, and walk ? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all ; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. And he went forth again by the sea-side ; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.
The place where our Saviour stood was the court, cominon in the interior of eastern houses : and the part removed by the attendants of the sick man was either an awning, by which this court was sheltered from the sun, or a balustrade which surrounded it on the roof. Great indeed must have been the sick man's faith in the power of Jesus, thus to encounter exposure and fatigue, while already in a state of
exhaustion. Such should be our faith, when we look for relief to the religion of Jesus. Our bodily diseases are no longer removed by the word of our Saviour; but his spirit, and the power of his religion, if they indeed be living and active within us, can banish the disorders of the mind and heart, the paralysis of sin, the deadness of the soul. That such may be their influence we should seek as earnestly, as the sick man of Capernaum sought the presence of Jesus. Like him we should think no effort too great, no means to be left untried, that we may gain the end in view. Like him should we retain our trust, unbroken by delay, that the mental health we seek shall be restored to us, if we be true to ourselves, through the mercy of our heavenly Father.
With feeble pulse, and limbs, whose power
The paralytic lay.
A gleam of cheerful day.
Hope came, and Faith, though oft her wing
To greet the rescue nigh,
Before the Saviour's eye.
Thus, Lord, may we, in every grief,
And never seek in vain;
To life and strength again.
LUKE VIII. 41. AND behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue : and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house ; for he had one only daughter, about twelve years of
age, and she lay a dying. But as he went, the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him and touched the border of his garment ; and immediately her issue of blood staunched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter, and they that were with him, said, Master, the multitude throng thee, and press thee; and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me; for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people, for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole ; go in peace. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead : trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him saying, Fear not; believe only, and she shall be made