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Darling Memorial Sketch Book
Influence of Mr Moody


This seems a suitable point in our narrative at which to mention that Mr Darling, in common with his whole family, received great and lasting religious benefit from the evangelistic labours of Mr Moody in Edinburgh, in the winter of 1873 and the spring of 1874. It greatly quickened him in his zeal for the conversion of souls. Of course it did not diminish, but rather increased, his efforts in the cause of total abstinence, especially in seeking to recover those who had become the victims of intemperance ; but, more than ever, it made him look upon this, even when attained, as rather the starting-point than the goal of his aims, and feel that his work was not ended until the object of his care and prayers had been brought a penitent believer to the feet of Christ. This made him hail with much satisfaction the extensive formation of Gospel-temperance societies, in which the end sought was not only the reformation, but the regeneration of the whole man. On the first evening of Mr Moody's evangelistic meetings in Broughton Place Church, three members of Mr Darling's family remained at the close for conversation with the good evangelist; not, however, as anxious inquirers, but as young Christians desiring a higher life, and an increased self-consecration and joy. The benefit derived from the interview was permanent, not least in their endeavouring to awaken inquiry and interest among others, and to bring them under the influence of the great revival wave. Particularly on the occasion of Mr Moody's second visit to Edinburgh, one of their number did invaluable service, of which the earnest preacher himself was not slow to testify, in organising and conducting the large female choir at the great noon-day prayer meetings, and in conversing with inquirers of her own sex and age.


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