On another occasion I attended the
Toronto Revival and had another
I arrived at a conference at the
Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship
on a Friday evening, and attended the Friday evening meeting. It
The next morning I attended the 10:00
a.m. meeting, and the pastor
stood up to the lectern and asked if anyone had a testimony of
what God had done the night before.
I young woman way at the rear of the
room stood up on her chair and
waived her arms to get the pastor's attention. He told her to run
to the front of the meeting hall so that she could tell her story.
She said that she had been at the
conference meeting the previous night
with her little boy. She said that she found herself apologizing
to Jesus for being distracted from giving Him her total attention
because she had to keep an eye on her son because there was no room in
the children's meeting for him. She said that Jesus spoke to her
heart and said, "Don't worry about your son - I will watch him."
And her son immediately became totally engrossed in playing with some
toy he had brought.
At that point she had a vision.
She described a beautiful grassy
hill on a beautiful sunny day with white clouds overhead and purple
mountains in the distance. There were children of all ages
playing on the hill, but they were also worshipping God as they
played. The she realized in her vision that Jesus was standing
right next to her. He asked her if she knew who these children
were. She said that she did not know them. Jesus told her
that 'They are children who have died before their appointed
time. They are here with Me and they do this all day long."
The He added, "Go, tell their parents that they are here with Me and do
this all day long." As she finished saying "all day long" she
melted down to the carpet and lay there weeping.
A weeping broke out among the crowd
of about 800 people at that
Saturday morning conference meeting, and the pastor said, "If this
touches your heart, stand up and let the people around you pray for
you." The man sitting right in front of me stood up, so those of
us within reach of him touched him in the Name of Jesus and
prayed. He began to shake as if someone (or Someone) was trying
to shake something out of him. After a minute of shaking a big
grin broke out on his face and he declared, "I am free at last of the
sorrow I have carried in my heart for my son who died thirty years ago!"
Later that evening I saw him again
and we chatted briefly about the
goodness of God. He said, "I am a pastor, and I have no idea what
effect this healing of my heart will have on the congregation I serve,
but I can't wait to find out!" I told him that I would look for a
good report someday, and have not again seen him to date.
That was about ten years ago.
About a year ago I was reading in the
Bible a passage from the Prophet
...and the LORD's
ransomed ones will return and enter Zion with singing. Everlasting joy
will rest upon their heads, gladness and joy will overtake them, and
sorrow and mourning will flee away."
realized with a shock that I had seen that man at the revival
conference years previously 'overtake with gladness and joy', and I had
seen 'sorrow and mourning flee away'!!!
That sounds like real revival to
me! Can you accept that, dear