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WORDS OF PEACE:

OR,

The Blessings and Trials of Sickness.

WITH MEDITATIONS, PRAYERS, AND HYMNS.

BY THE

REV. ASHTON OXENDEN,

Rector of Pluckley, Kent.

LONDON:
WILLIAM MACINTOSH,

24, PATERNOSTER Row.

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This little book is intended for those whom God has afflicted. My great aim is to show that sickness usually comes as a messenger of love; that it is sent to be a blessing, and may be made, by God's grace, a very great blessing to the soul.

If by my words any suffering brother or sister shall receive comfort, if any careless one shall become .awakened, or if any weak Believer shall be helped on his way to heaven, , my end will be gained.

I commend the following pages to the kindness and love of God; and pray that He may be pleased to use them for His own glory, and for the Reader's present and eternal good.

PLUCKLEY RECTORY,

May, 1863.

CHAPTER I.

GOD'S PURPOSE IN SENDING SICKNESS.

THE Writer of this Book feels for you in

your present affliction, and desires to do you some good. Dear Brother or Sister, I am come into

your

sick-room, as it were, and wish to tell you a few things for your comfort and profit.

God has seen fit to stop you in the midst of your busy life, and to lay you aside for a while. It is not by chance that His afflicting hand has fallen upon you.

It is not at haphazard that He has chastened you. It

may seem to be a mere accident that you are afflicted, and not another. But no; God has done it purposely.

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