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Morning and Evening

For the evening of September 26th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"Howl, fir tree, for the cedar is fallen." --Zechariah 11:2

When in the forest there is heard the crash of a falling oak, it is a sign that the woodman is abroad, and every tree in thewhole company may tremble lest to-morrow the sharp edge of theaxe should find it out. We are all like trees marked for theaxe, and the fall of one should remind us that for every one,whether great as the cedar, or humble as the fir, the appointedhour is stealing on apace. I trust we do not, by often hearingof death, become callous to it. May we never be like the birdsin the steeple, which build their nests when the bells aretolling, and sleep quietly when the solemn funeral peals arestartling the air. May we regard death as the most weighty ofall events, and be sobered by its approach. It ill behoves us tosport while our eternal destiny hangs on a thread. The sword isout of its scabbard--let us not trifle; it is furbished, and theedge is sharp--let us not play with it. He who does not preparefor death is more than an ordinary fool, he is a madman. Whenthe voice of God is heard among the trees of the garden, let figtree and sycamore, and elm and cedar, alike hear the soundthereof.

Be ready, servant of Christ, for thy Master comes on a sudden, when an ungodly world least expects Him. See to it thatthou be faithful in His work, for the grave shall soon be diggedfor thee. Be ready, parents, see that your children are broughtup in the fear of God, for they must soon be orphans; be ready,men of business, take care that your affairs are correct, andthat you serve God with all your hearts, for the days of yourterrestrial service will soon be ended, and you will be calledto give account for the deeds done in the body, whether they begood or whether they be evil. May we all prepare for thetribunal of the great King with a care which shall be rewardedwith the gracious commendation, "Well done, good and faithfulservant"

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