Listening to the song by iconic Nigerian artist, Fela Kuti titled ‘Look and Laugh,’ one may feel so many words coming to mind to describe it. The song as sarcastic as it is can be described as joyful, deliberative, mockery, comedian, thought provoking, enlightening, associative, jovial, selective, moderating, revealing among some expansive words.
What is to look especially if you are looking with an aim? To look with aim of reacting one has to focus so that they see what they are looking for. In some cases one may see things not existent but only visible in their mind because of their expectations. This tells us to be careful as we look, not to be overtaken by our own mental images. Look not to be seen to look, but look objectively for the benefit of self and all, to tell or reveal the truth.
Laughing is known to be therapeutic. Not all laughter is a show of mockery or disdain, there are times one laughs to show knowing or to show they are not moved by a situation. People have also been known to laugh in times of anguish, in some cases to ease the pain, yet in other cases to challenge the tormentors. To look and laugh can represent admiration of nature, being in awe of creation and acknowledging the creator that it’s only through His grace that we can ‘look and laugh’.
The quotes this week are from a book that tells you of a period in history when things unravelled that today seem to have started a thousand years ago yet it is only less than two hundred years they took shape. I am sure that the selected quotations below from this book will enlighten you to one or two life lessons, read and enjoy:
REVIVAL IN MANCHESTER 1859-74 – THE THRILLING UNTOLD STORY by Paul Mould
“Revival begins in New York – In July 1857, a young evangelist named Jeremiah Lanphier started a weekly prayer meeting for businessmen in central New York. Only six attended the first meeting, but the attendance grew to 10,000 by the close of the year. This was the the humble beginnings of a mighty move of God, which in the following two years added at least a million people to the membership of the American churches. ——– Revival reaches the UK – The revival wave crossed the Atlantic in 1859, reaching Ireland first of all. In Ulster (Northern Ireland) there was was a remarkable time of ingathering, with 100,000 added to Protestant churches in the calendar year. Subsequently, there were great revivals in both Scotland and Wales, with 300,000 and 100,000, respectively, added to the churches in those nations (about 10% of the entire population). The work in England got off to a slower start.”
“Revival is not the same as an evangelistic campaign, although revival can break forth out of such an event. ‘The distinguishing features, which separate revival from a successful evangelistic campaign are: weeping, over sin, people being broken before the Lord……, confession of sin……, requests for forgiveness, reconciliations, restitutions and reparation where necessary’. ‘Revival first of all touches and renews the church. In turn, this renewal leads to a spiritual awakening, where many people are saved and communities transformed.'”
“Richard Weaver (1827 – 96) —- One of his amazing ministry was in Macclesfield in 1861 when he preached at a Methodist church, which was filled to capacity. The results were amazing with ‘some of the vilest characters, as well as the most intelligent people’ brought to Christ. Publicans complained of their lack of customers and took down their signs. Policemen and Magistrates testified of the transformation that took place in the town’s morals, with one magistrate saying that he had nothing to do on several occasions. Upwards of 1,200 convents registered with the church leaders at that place.”
“Henry Moorhouse (1840 – 1880) —– Henry Moorhouse, or as he was more familiarly called, ‘Harry Moorhouse, the English Evangelist’, was born in Ardwick in the city of Manchester. When very young he was sent to jail on more than one occasion. By the age of sixteen he was a gambler, a gang leader, and was wild and beyond control. Afterwards he joined the army and tried the life of a soldier, but had to be brought out of the army by his father at a considerable cost. Nonetheless, he continued with his life of drink, gambling and ‘other vices’. He was suicidal and carried a gun for the purpose of killing himself should he decide to do so. He once tried to poison himself. —— Passing the Alhambra Circus in Manchester [in December, 1860], where Richard Weaver was preaching, hearing a noise within, and thinking a fight was going on, Henry buttoned up his coat and rushed in, ready for the fray. The place was so crowded he had to stand on the stairs. But he found he had come to a Gospel meeting. After singing there was a Bible reading: the parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15, and then a sermon. Henry Moorhouse saw himself as the story was told of a rebellious, reckless youth who was far away from ‘home’. The name ‘JESUS’ pierced his heart. His early childhood, reckless career, and awful danger rose vividly before his vision, the ‘Glorious gospel’ (2 Cor. 4:4) message went home to his heart. Three weeks later, a friend led him to the Lord in a warehouse owned by John Rylands and sons. —– Thus, soundly converted to God, he entered heartily into the service of his new master……. “