From generation to generation, God uses men to bless the whole of humanity and we have been blessed by scores of them. In the midst of all these great people, D.L. Moody is a name worth mentioning, not just for a life well lived but mainly for the rich examples of true Christianity in the life of this one man and how massively he imparted so many lives.
On February 5, 1837, Dwight Lyman Moody, the sixth of seven sons of Edwin and Betsy Holton Moody, was born in Northfield (which lies where three States meet Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont). At age 4, his father died leaving a very large family for his mother to take care of which she did an excellent job of raising. This event was one Dwight never forgot. He had the privilege to live with Rev. Mr. Everett and his family in order to attend school (which he was not so faithful to). At age 17, as was the norm of the time, he set out to look for a job, which was not easy but he ended up in his uncle’s shoe shop (where he got converted later) with a lot conditions attached. He later moved to Chicago with a letter from his uncle to work with Mr. Wiswall.
It was in Chicago that his passion to serve his Divine Master was put to use. He started recruiting boys and girls for Sunday School then went on later to start a Mission School. He proved to be one who knew how to move the masses regardless of his deficit in education. His meetings attract many, even the very elite in society to the point that Lincoln (President-elect) was at one of his meetings. He was one of the greatest evangelists to have ever lived. He loved to deal with difficult people.
One thing that was exceptional about him was his devotion towards his mother.
THE LIFE AND WORK OF D.L. MOODY by The Rev. J. Wilbur Chapman, D.D.
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