Excerpt from National Renovation: Its Source, Its Channels, and Its Results
The Christians of many a remote shore, and using many various dialects of the earth's divided tongues, have agreed to make this opening week, as commenced by the present Sabbath, and as rounded by the next succeeding Sabbath, a season of special, unremitted and unanimous intercession for the descent of the spirit OF god. This, which is their theme of prayer, is in our text brought forward by Isaiah, as being in his time, and for all after times, the basis of the Church's hope, and the only source of true and lasting renovation for any people and for the entire race. As Ezekiel, from amongst the white and disjointed bones of the Valley of vision, seemingly the spoils of some neglected and unguarded cemetery, and a spectacle that in itself preached only perplexity and des pondency, was hidden to look up, and to prophesy for the four winds of Heaven - the emblem of the Omnipresent and All-grasping Spirit of God - to come down and shoot life into the rattling fragments; so Isaiah, before him, bade us raise our eyes heavenwards, amid all scenes of gloom and toil, in our expectation of aid only from God's good Spirit, and in our passionate, importunate entreaties for its quickening descent.
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