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The longings and rejoicings that accompany times of awakening are recorded in this account of an Awakening on the Island of Arrau in Scotland in 1812.
"For some months after the commencement of the awakening, the subjects of it manifested an uncommon thirst after the means of grace. Both old and young flocked in multitudes to hear the word of God. His house, and the place employed for private meetings, were frequently so crowded that the people, as it were, trod one upon another. To travel ten or fifteen miles to hear sermon was considered as a very small matter."
"They longed for the return of the Sabbath: They rejoiced when it was said to them, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.' They eagerly sought after renewed opportunities of receiving spiritual instruction. Their desire was so great as not to be easily satisfied. In our religious assemblies at this time some might be seen filled with divine love, others with fear; some rejoicing in hope of the glory of God, and others trembling lest they should come short of it.
from, Charles J. Brown, Lectures on the Revival of Religion, by ministers of the Church of Scotland, 1840, Glasgow., p316