Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:…
That eminently holy man, "Saint John Woolman," as the poet Whittier called him, who struck the first blow against domestic slavery in America, notwithstanding the Divine illuminations he had been blessed with in early boyhood, had to pass through an analogous baptism ere he was able to follow the Master's call into public service. "I sought deserts and lonely places, and there with tears did confess my sins to God, and humbly craved His help. And I may say with reverence, He was near me in my troubles, and in these times of humiliation opened my ears to discipline. From an inward purifying, and steadfast abiding under it, sprang a lively operative desire for the good of others. All the faithful are not called to the public ministry; but whoever are, are called to minister of that which they have tasted and handled spiritually."
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