When alone with our beating hearts and our God, in secret devotion. Like the dew-drops that have gathered all night, and in the morning exhale, so the thoughts of affection and anxiety that have been gathering for hours about our hearts turn now to prayer, and mount up as incense before the Lord. And this is no general supplication, such as others may share in, but the yearning spirit pleads for one alone—for one whose dear image rises in a moment to view, whose voice, associated with the fondest recollections of other days, can almost be heard now in the stillness of the closet, whose present condition and wants are from the latest tidings anxiously inferred and conjectured— with all the particularity of personal affection, one prays for one; and that kind Father on high, who formed them for mutual love, is beholding both at the same moment, and often, no doubt, though they are widely severed, at the same moment turns the rising prayer of the one into showers of blessing upon the other. Who can tell how many such scenes, far and wide over our land, the angels look down upon from heaven, the loving Saviour sees, who on earth was wont to wrestle intensely in solitary prayer, and whose mild eye rests now in human sympathy and in Divine mercy upon every praying disciple.
And not merely at set time, but often, by day or by night, our fervent ejaculations are heard by Him, who amid the wide tumult of earth's voices of business and suffering, of folly and crime, misses no word of prayer, no sigh of supplication. Often, amid the fatigues of out-door work or the bustle of domestic duties, our thoughts fly away to you and then fly up to Heaven. Often, when we awake, it night, it is to you our spirits turn; and tears on the pillow could sometimes tell that we pray for you.
We pray for the cause—that just and glorious cause in which you so nobly struggle—that it may please God to make you triumphant, that we may have independence and peace. We do not delude ourselves with the idea that a righteous cause must certainly prevail; in some instances, for wise reasons, God suffers those who are in the right to be overwhelmed. But we believe that it is never in vain humbly and earnestly to cry to the merciful Ruler of all, who will grant just what we ask, or something which he sees to be better, And trying to realize that there is power in prayer, and seeking truly to humble ourselves before hin, we pray God to grant in success of driving our enemies back, till the last footstep of invasion shall have passed from our borders, and our now darkened and suffering land shall be radiant with the sunshine of peace and prosperity. We cannot share your trials and perils in the camp and the battle, but for your cause, and our cause, for your country and ours God be thanked that we can pray.