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THE CHRISTIAN GUARDIAN,
MEMOIR OF THE REV. THOMAS MORTIMER, B.D.
It is a solemn occupation to follow, in thought, a minister of Christ from the scene of his earthly labours to the throne of his God, and to anticipate in the spirit of christian communion, the greeting that there awaits him,—“ Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
We can only faintly picture to ourselves the rapture with which the earthly ambassador, freed from the burden of the flesh, with all its frailties and hindrances, stands before the King of kings, to give an account of the message and stewardship committed to his charge. What an inconceivable mercy for the best of Christ's ministers to know that they shall stand at the bar of God, washed in a Saviour's blood, not only from the guilt and corruption of that sinful nature of which all are partakers, but from all the infirmities and unfaithfulnesses which may have hindered and defiled a ministry which we must ever remember is committed to "earthen vessels."
Of all the members of Christ's Church, none have more occasion than ministers to lift the frequent and earnest prayer to the throne of grace,- -"Mercifully forgive the sins of thy people." Sins of omission and sins of commission, sins against the great Head of the Church, and against His many members, often seriously mar the happiness and detract from the usefulness of many & devoted servant of the sanctuary, causing him to mourn in secret over those things which wound or hinder;-"They that are washed," yet daily and hourly need "to wash their feet;" and what a blessing that the fountain is ever flowing to cleanse away every stain, until we are taken to that happy home where nothing of sin or sorrow can ever enter to defile or to distress the soul.
We have been led to make the above remarks, not from any feeling that the excellent man who has just been gathered to his rest, partook in a more than ordinary degree of the infirmities of our common nature, but from the growing feeling that