Dungannon (1859)



The revival movement is still progressing steadily in this district, and is accompanied occasionally by extraordinary physical manifestations. At a prayer-meeting in a school­house, among half-a-dozen stricken cases, were two women, who, though nearly connected, were hitherto living at enmity. One of them had previous to this come under the Spirit's power; and now, that the other was similarly affected, her first impulse was to show her all kindness and attention. In a few minutes they are found seated in fond embrace, mu­tually confessing and deploring their faults, and needing no mediator but the blessed Jesus. While this audible con­fession is being made, in strains so touching as to melt other hearts, it has a different effect upon the husband of one of them. He is so provoked at seeing these two sisters in cordiality together, that, against all remonstrance, and with rude violence, he drags them asunder, which, under the circumstances, excited his poor wife almost to madness. In an instant several clenched hands were upraised to fell the aggressor, and this peaceful, hallowed scene was likely to terminate in blows. Grace, how­ever, was stronger than nature. Each hand is restrained by human interference, but one, in particular, by the Almighty's own interposition. The momentary flash of indignation is seen to mantle on the cheek of a young man in the crowd, when, in the twinkling of an eye, that expression of countenance gives place to one of a totally different type, and he shrieks out—a "stricken" case, as if stabbed to the heart.

From ‘The Revival Newspaper,’ Volume i, p42, Sept 3rd, 1859


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