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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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Sunday, March 10. I have just returned from
a Presbyterian church, where I heard a young
preacher from the West speak on “The Positive in
Christianity,” one of the best extempore Christian
discourses that I have ever heard in any country.
The preacher, Henry [Ward] Beecher, is full of
life and energy, and preaches from that experience
of Christian life which gives his words a soul-stirring
power. Besides, he appears to me to be singularly
free from sectarian spirit, and keeps with
decision and clearness to the common light and
life of the Christian church. He has also considerable
wit, and does not object to enliven his discourse
with sallies of humor, so that more than
once the whole audience of the crowded church
burst into a general laugh, which does not prevent
them soon after from shedding tears of devotion.
That was the case at the young preacher’s prayer
over the bread and wine at the administering of
the sacrament, and tears also streamed down his
own cheeks as he bowed in silent, rapt contemplation
of the splendid mystery of the sacrament, of
that humanity which through the life of Christ is
new-born and transfigured. When we receive
communion with our nearest kindred or our family,
we ought to have this thought livingly present to
our minds that we should behold them as transformed
by the spirit of Christ: we should think,

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