A Passage in Mr. Flavels Thanksgiving-Sermon, Preached Febr. 14. 1688
SHall we Ingratefully Overlook the Be∣ginnings of Mercy, as small and Incon•siderable Things? Shall we say, All this i• Nothing, because we have not yet All that we would have? God forbid. When Israe• was in Egypt, then a Little Straw would have been Esteemed as a great Mercy; but after•wards Quails and Manna were Despised. Bre∣thren, Three or Four Years ago, you would have Accounted it a Special Mercy, to have Enjoy'd an Hour or Two together in Prayer or to have had a Little Spiritual Bread Hand∣ed to you, behind your Enemies Backs; and is it nothing in your Eyes this Day, to behol• the Worship of God at Liberty? Yea, to see the Success of the Gospel, in bringing home of many Souls to Christ? The Fears of Po∣tery vanished? The Witnesses Risen; the Tenth-part of the City fallen; and such a prospect of far greater and more gloriou• Things before your Eyes? O let not the Consolations of the Almighty seem small.