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Personal Reflections From Aimee Semple McPherson – Part 1
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Invisible hands had reached out and were shaking my soul. I knew then that there was a God and that I was a lost sinner.
August 25, 2009
By: Aimee Semple McPherson
“Oh, God … if there be a God … reveal yourself to me!” I presume that God answers that prayer for every person who sincerely sends his or her desperate petition wafting to the skies. At least He answered mine before the next midnight.
High school closed for the day. I had several hours for leisure before rehearsal in the town hall for a coming Christmas play. How to spend these four hours was the question.
Walking the ice-sheeted streets with my father, I noted a sign that read: “Revival Meeting. Robert Semple, Irish Evangelist. All Welcome.”
“Let’s go in,” Dad suggested.
“Righto!” I replied, carelessly. Little did I realize this was to be the turning point in my life. News of this revival had reached my ears. Curiosity drew me.
The song service moved with gusto. The milkman lifted his hands as he sang. So did the dry cleaner. I giggled with amusement.
I sobered suddenly. The evangelist entered with a Bible under his arm. He stood some 6 feet 2 inches tall.
One might laugh with him, for his message effervesced with humor; but one did not laugh at him. That was out of the question.
“Let us turn to Acts 2:38-39,” he said. Then he read: ” ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call’ ” (NKJV).
Then he started to preach. Cold shivers ran up and down my back. I had never heard such a sermon. According to his gospel, everyone was bound either for heaven or hell. There was no middle ground.
“Call upon Him while He is near, and seek Him while He may be found!” he implored.
Then he began to talk of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. As he described the living, vital power that he declared had been poured out on thousands in this latter day, his face glowed as though an electric light had been turned on from within.