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It is cheering to learn from our numerous correspondents that the Lord is graciously manifesting his saving power and grace in various parts of his Zion. For several years past the church of God has been in a peculiarly trying condition; few indeed, comparatively, have come to her solemn feasts, and her ways have seemed to mourn. But God has promised to make her an eternal excellency, and when he shall build again Zion, he will appear in his glory.

The churches in this vicinity have also experienced some seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. Some few have recently experienced the quickening power of the Holy Spirit, while others show some convincing evidence that the arrows of the Almighty are sharp in the hearts of the King’s enemies, whereby the people fall under him. Two Sundays of this month, in succession, it has been our privilege to enter the frozen stream, and administer the ordinance of baptism, which has been witnessed by many whose streaming eyes and solemn countenance betray the deep interest they have felt on those occasions. Our meetings at New Vernon, Wallkill, Howell’s Depot, and at this place, are well attended, and we have enjoyed some precious seasons, which will be long remembered. We confidently hope that the gracious indications of the divine presence with us may be continued, and that the arm of the Lord made bare for the salvation of lost and perishing sinners, may be still more gloriously displayed.

Middletown, N.Y.
January 15, 1860.

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 4
Pages 295 - 296