One more thought from the late British author and pastor of Westminster Chapel (1904-1919), G Campbell Morgan. After describing what he had personally seen in the Welsh Revivals of 1904-05, he went on to urge his readers to learn from what the Spirit had done in the lives of others. While acknowledging the impossibility of managing a regional spiritual renewal he adds,
Morgan quote: We might well begin each in our sphere by doing good turns to our enemies, wiping out the memories of old grudges, reconciling offended relatives, and forgiving others, even as we hope to be forgiven. God or no God, soul or no soul, this earth is made much more like hell than heaven by persisting in these grudges, jealousies, animosities, and unkind feelings one toward another.
What a glad New Year it would be if we could begin by being in charity with everybody, in love with every man, woman and child with whom we have a personal acquaintance! Then when we have cast out from our own souls the evil spirits of bitterness, rancor, unfriendliness, jealousy, and have forgiven all those who have injured us, or, a much harder task, whom we have injured, we shall be better prepared to receive the outpouring of the divine blessing which we all profess to desire.” End of quote
Morgan’s suggestions for making room for the Spirit in a season of New Year seems to capture a timely thought for ourselves and one another.