Ring in the New Year, John Wesley-Style

2015Happy New Year to the faithful readers of The Search for Piety and Obedience! I hope 2015 offers each of you many blessings. In this season of reflection, I’m grateful for readers like you who share in this blogging journey with me.

In the spirit of the new year, here’s a snippet from the journal of John Wesley, founder of the Wesleyan movement, who observed the start of 1785 in a unique way:

Saturday January 1, 1785. — Whether this be the last or no, may it be the best year of my life!

Sunday, January 2, 1785. A larger number of people were present this evening at the renewal of our covenant with God, than was ever seen before on the occasion.

Tuesday, January 4, 1785. — At this season we usually distribute coals and bread among the poor of the society. But I now considered, they wanted clothes, as well as food. So on this, and the four following days, I walked through the town, and begged two hundred pounds, in order to clothe them that needed it most. But it was hard work, as most of the streets were filled with melting snow, which often lay ankle deep; so that my feet were steeped in snow-water nearly from morning till evening: I holden it out pretty well till Saturday evening; but I was laid up with a violent flux, which increased every hour, till, at six in the morning, Dr. Whitehead called upon me. His first draught made me quite easy; and three or four more perfected the cure.

May we all embody such compassion in the coming year.

Check out Commonplace Holiness for the complete post.

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About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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One Response to Ring in the New Year, John Wesley-Style

  1. gerald wingert says:

    Ah! what was in the draught?

    Gerald Wingert

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