Dr. G. Campbell Morgan relates the following experience: "One day one of the young men of my church came to see me and said, 'Dr. Morgan, I want you to go with me to the home of a drunkard.' When we arrived at the old rickety building, where the drunkard lived, we saw two dirty, ragged children running away from us. We walked up on the old porch and a poorly clad woman with a bruised place on her head came to the door and said, 'Excuse the children for running but when they heard your footsteps they thought it was their father coming home drunk.' The woman invited us in and soon the drunkard came in; not so drunk as common. We had prayer and invited the drunkard to the service that night. He promised to come. He kept his promise. That night I did not preach at him but to him. I told him that Jesus could break every fetter and set the prisoner free. At the close of the service he came and knelt for prayer, and arose and declared the burden was gone. He was saved. About two or three months later the young man, who had taken me to the home of the drunkard came and said, 'Dr. Morgan, I want you to go with me to the home of the ex-drunkard.' We started but in another direction. I said to the young man, 'You are taking me another way!' 'Yes,' said the young man, 'they have moved!' That is great So many folks seem to get religion but they never move. when we reached the home it was a neat cottage and as we walked up the gravel walk we heard this old song, 'Jesus lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly.' It may have been rude in us but we looked through the window and there before the cozy fire, we saw the ex-drunkard sitting with one child on one knee and the other child on the other knee, and they were singing this old song. The mother came to the door, but there was no bruised place on her head. All were neat and clean and they were all happy." "Yes," Paul said, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away and all things are become new."


From: EFFECTIVE ILLUSTRATIONS By William Moses Tidwell, Printed in U.S.A. 1943, Beacon Hill Press Kansas City, Mo.