History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<November 22> eternally, and unchangeably the same, even the God who rules in the heavens  above, and controls the destinies of men on the Earth, wilt Thou not condescend,  through thine infinite goodness and royal favor, to listen to the prayer of thy  servant which he this day offers up unto thee in the name of thy holy child Jesus,  upon this land where the Son of Righteousness sat in blood, and thine Anointed  One, expired. Be pleased O Lord, to forgive all the follies, weaknesses, vanities,  and sins of thy Servant, and strengthen him to resist all future temptations.  Give him prudence and discernment that he may avoid the evil, and a  heart to choose the good; give him fortitude to bear up under trying and  adverse circumstances, and grace to endure all things for thy name’s sake,  until the end shall come, when all the Saints shall rest in peace.  Now, O Lord! thy servant has been obedient to the heavenly vision which  thou gavest him in his native land; and under the shadow of thine outstretched  arm, he has safely arrived in this place to dedicate and consecrate this land  unto Thee, for the gathering together of Judah’s scattered remnants, according  to the predictions of the holy prophets— for the building up of again  after it has been trodden down by the Gentiles so long, and for rearing a  temple in honor of thy name. Everlasting thanks be ascribed unto thee,  O Father! Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast preserved thy servant  from the dangers of the seas, and from the plague and pestilence which  have caused the land to mourn. The violence of man has been  restrained, and thy providential care by night and by day has been exercised  over thine unworthy servant. Accept, therefore, O Lord, the tribute of a grateful  heart for all past favors, and be pleased to continue thy kindness and mercy  towards a needy worm of the dust. O thou, who didst covenant with  Abraham, thy friend, and who didst renew that Covenant with Isaac, and  confirm the same with Jacob with an oath, that thou wouldst not only give  them this land for an everlasting inheritance, but that thou wouldst also  remember their seed for ever. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, have long since closed  their eyes in death, and made the grave their mansion. Their children  are scattered and dispersed abroad among the nations of the Gentiles like  sheep that have no Shepherd, and are still looking forward for the fulfillment  of those promises which thou didst make concerning them; and even this land,  which once poured forth nature’s richest bounty, and flowed as it were, with  milk and honey, has, to a certain extent, been smitten with barrenness and  sterility since it drank from murderous hands the blood of him who never sinned.  Grant therefore, O Lord, in the name of thy well beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to  remove the barrenness and sterility off this land, and let springs of living water  break forth to water its thirsty soil. Let the vine and the olive produce in  their strength, and the fig tree bloom and flourish. Let the land become  abundantly fruitful when possessed by its rightful heirs; let it again flow  with plenty to feed the returning prodigals who come home with a spirit of  grace and supplication; upon it let the clouds distil virtue and richness,  and let the fields smile with plenty. Let the flocks and the herds greatly [p. 1251]
November 22 eternally, and unchangeably the same, even the God who rules in the heavens above, and controls the destinies of men on the Earth, wilt Thou not condescend, through thine infinite goodness and royal favor, to listen to the prayer of thy servant which he this day offers up unto thee in the name of thy holy child Jesus, upon this land where the Son of Righteousness sat in blood, and thine Anointed One, expired. Be pleased O Lord, to forgive all the follies, weaknesses, vanities, and sins of thy Servant, and strengthen him to resist all future temptations. Give him prudence and discernment that he may avoid the evil, and a heart to choose the good; give him fortitude to bear up under trying and adverse circumstances, and grace to endure all things for thy name’s sake, until the end shall come, when all the Saints shall rest in peace. Now, O Lord! thy servant has been obedient to the heavenly vision which thou gavest him in his native land; and under the shadow of thine outstretched arm, he has safely arrived in this place to dedicate and consecrate this land unto Thee, for the gathering together of Judah’s scattered remnants, according to the predictions of the holy prophets— for the building up of again after it has been trodden down by the Gentiles so long, and for rearing a temple in honor of thy name. Everlasting thanks be ascribed unto thee, O Father! Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast preserved thy servant from the dangers of the seas, and from the plague and pestilence which have caused the land to mourn. The violence of man has been restrained, and thy providential care by night and by day has been exercised over thine unworthy servant. Accept, therefore, O Lord, the tribute of a grateful heart for all past favors, and be pleased to continue thy kindness and mercy towards a needy worm of the dust. O thou, who didst covenant with Abraham, thy friend, and who didst renew that Covenant with Isaac, and confirm the same with Jacob with an oath, that thou wouldst not only give them this land for an everlasting inheritance, but that thou wouldst also remember their seed for ever. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, have long since closed their eyes in death, and made the grave their mansion. Their children are scattered and dispersed abroad among the nations of the Gentiles like sheep that have no Shepherd, and are still looking forward for the fulfillment of those promises which thou didst make concerning them; and even this land, which once poured forth nature’s richest bounty, and flowed as it were, with milk and honey, has, to a certain extent, been smitten with barrenness and sterility since it drank from murderous hands the blood of him who never sinned. Grant therefore, O Lord, in the name of thy well beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to remove the barrenness and sterility off this land, and let springs of living water break forth to water its thirsty soil. Let the vine and the olive produce in their strength, and the fig tree bloom and flourish. Let the land become abundantly fruitful when possessed by its rightful heirs; let it again flow with plenty to feed the returning prodigals who come home with a spirit of grace and supplication; upon it let the clouds distil virtue and richness, and let the fields smile with plenty. Let the flocks and the herds greatly [p. 1251]
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