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BURDEN OF SOULS

In one book by George W. Truett, the following story:

Some months ago a pastor was out in a vast country camp-meeting. A large arbor was provided, and from night to night there gathered a mighty crowd, so that the pastor needed to put his voice out to the last limit to be heard. But for days, so far as could be judged, nothing much was done. One night the preacher went to his room, and was making ready to retire, when the gentleman with whom he stopped came in. The host had very little to say, and the preacher made ready for sleep, and now was in the bed, while the host sat there on the cot on the other side of the room. Both slept in the same room. The good wife of the host was gone, having departed a few years before, to be with the Lord. He had two grown daughters, popular and beautiful, but worldly – worldly, it seemed, after an unusual fashion. He sat over there that night on his cot, and after a while, just as the preacher was ready to sleep, a sob was heard, and the preacher looked up, an beheld his kindly friend with his face in his hands, and his great body fairly quivering. Said the preacher: “What is the trouble?” Calling his host by name. He answered: “You ought to know what the trouble is. You have been in my home for three or four days. You ought to know what the trouble is.” The preacher said: “Yes, I do; it is the girls.” The host replied: “it is even so. Their mother is gone, and the sense of responsibility for them comes over me tonight as I never felt it before in all my life.” Then he added: “Oh, if Mary (that was the older one) would only come to Christ, if she would only come to Christ, the problem, I think, would be settled with Jennie. Jennie always does what Mary does.” The preacher said: “Well, we will pray for Mary tonight,” and out of his bed he came, and knelt by his host. They talked to God about Mary, specifically about her, that the Almighty Saviour might Himself take hold of her heart, and bring her to Himself. She was an amiable, beautiful girl, as has been said, but utterly indifferent about the claims of the soul, so far as could be seen. Then the preacher went back to his bed. After a while the door stood ajar, and the anxious father was seen quietly going out through the moonlight, and then the door was closed, and the preacher was soon asleep. In the early morning time the door was again quietly opened, and in came the host. A glance at his cot showed that he had been absent for the night. The preacher asked: “Where have you been?” And the answer was: “I will tell you about it, but you need not speak of it to the others. It is not a matter to be spoken of. I have been out there all night long talking to God about Mary; and that is not all. Mary will come to Christ today.” Said the preacher: “Do you look for that?” He simply answered: “Yes, you will see that blessed result today.” And that day, when the preacher finished his sermon at the morning meeting, and asked, while they sang, if anybody had found the Saviour, to come and confess Him before all the people, before they could start the music at all, Mary came, with smiling face, and said: “I found Him while you preached.” Do you doubt, my brethren, that there was a vital connection between that man’s prayer and that child’s return to Christ? The very next day, before the preacher had preached ten minutes, the other daughter, Jennie, rose up in the midst of the great crowd, and said: “Papa, I have found the Saviour, too.” I ask again, do you doubt that there was a vital connection between that prayer and that child’s return to Christ?

Paul said: “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost. That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” Paul had a burden for souls – may God give us such a burden!

Psalm 85 Romans 9:1-3

Quote for the day: “The level of our concern for others reflects the condition of our own souls.”