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at a golden gate. Then he knocked; and, when they within had opened, the man went in, and I followed him up to a throne, upon which one sat, and he said to me, Welcome, daughter. The place looked bright and twinkling, like the stars, or rather like the sun, and I thought that I saw your husband there. So I awoke from my
dream. But did I laugh ?* Chr. Laugh! ay, and well you might, to see yourself so well. For you must give me leave to tell you, that it was a good dream; and that, as you have begun to find the first part true, so you shall find the second at last.
“God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not; in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumbering upon the bed." We need not, when a-bed, to lie awake to talk with God; he can visit us while we sleep, and cause us then to hear his voice. Our heart oftentimes wakes when we sleep; and God can speak to that, either by words, by proverbs, by signs and similitudes, as well as if one was awake.t
o Job xxxiii. 14-16.
* Pray observe this dream : it is a most precious one indeed. We find it true in the broad day of sweet experience; for then it is we get the most blessed visits from our dear Lord, when we get by ourselves, and bemoan the deadness of our poor hearts. True, we may be laughed at, called fools, and despised by the profane and self-righteous, who do not feel the hardness of their hearts, nor bemoan themselves for it; yet the loving, compassionate, tender-hearted Saviour is ever near to us, he feels for us, sympathizes with us, will manifest himself to us, and revive us with the sense of peace, the joy of hope, and the comforts of love; and assure us, that where he is, there we shall soon be, where pain of heart, and sorrow of soul, shall be no more for ever. Therefore, so far from thinking yourself not to be a pilgrim, because you feel hardness of heart, and bemoan it, be assured that it is a most blessed sign that Christ's heart of love is set upon you.
+ O how blessed are they who are watching and waiting continually to hear the small, still voice of the Spirit, speaking rest and peace to
MERCY GLAD OP HER DREAM.
Mer. Well, I am glad of my dream, for I hope ere
long to see it fulfilled, to the making of
me laugh again. Chr. I think it is now high time to rise, and to know what we must do.
Mer. Pray, if they invite us to stay a while, let us willingly accept of the proffer. I am the willinger to stay a while here, to grow better acquainted with these maids: methinks Prudence, Piety, and Charity have very comely and sober countenances.
Chr. We shall see what they will do.
So when they were up and ready, they came down, and they asked one another of their rest, and if it was comfortable or not?
Very good, said Mercy; it was one of the best night's lodgings that ever I had in my life.
Then said Prudence and Piety, If you will be persuaded to stay here a while, you shall have what the house will afford.
Ay, and that with a very good will, said Charity.
above, and became very profitable one to
another. And, because Prudence would see how Christiana had brought up her children, she DESIRES asked leave of her to catechise them : so
she gave her free consent. Then she began with the youngest, whose name was James.
Prud. And she said, Come, James, canst
thou tell me who made thee? JAMES. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
THEY STAY HERE SOME TIME.
their souls by the blood of the Lamb! O how condescending is our Lord, thus to visit us, and converse with us in the way to his kingdom!
PRUD. Good boy. And canst thou tell who saved thee?
JAMES. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
Prud. Good boy still. But how doth God the Father save thee?
JAMES. By his grace.
James. By his righteousness, death and blood, and life.
Prud. And how doth God the Holy Ghost save thee?
JAMES. By his illumination, by his renovation, and by his preservation.
Then said Prudence to Christiana, You are to be commended for thus bringing up your children. I suppose I need not ask the rest these questions, since the youngest of them can answer them so well. I will therefore now apply myself to the next youngest.
Prud. Then she said, Come, Joseph, (for his name was Joseph,) will you
let me catechise you Jos. With all my heart. PRUD. What is man?
Jos. A reasonable creature, so made by God, as my brother said.
* The infinite love of the Father, and the redeeming grace of the adorable Saviour, however great and glorious, will never bring a soul to heaven without an enlightening, regenerating, and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. A deep conviction of the truth of this would cut off many presumptuous hopes, and lead souls to cry for mercy and salvation. They would be afraid to rest in notions, in professions or formality; and would see the necessity of being made new creatures in Christ, in order to their having a title to, or meetness of soul for, heaven and happiness. Thus, the apostle prays for the Ephesians, " that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto (them) the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him," Ephes. i. 17.
Prud. Good boy. And canst thou tell who saved thee?
James. God the Father, God the Son, and is Holy Ghost.
PRUD. Good boy still. But how doth s.: save thee?
JAMES. By his grace.
James. By his righteousness life.
PRCD. And how doth Goir
JAMES. By his illuminant - The by his preservation.*
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PRUD. Then she
Jos. With all
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