REVELATION ON CHRISTMAS EVE
One Christmas Eve, Ira D. Sankey was traveling by steamboat up the Delaware River. Asked to sing, Mr. Sankey sang the “Shepherd Song.” After the song was ended, a man with a rough, weatherbeaten face came up to Mr. Sankey and said: “Did you ever serve in the Union Army?” Sankey replied “Yes, I did, in the spring of 1860.” The man asked, “Can you remember if you were doing picket duty on a bright moonlight night in 1862?” Sankey was surprised and said, “Yes, I did.” The stranger said, “So did I. But I was serving in the Confederate army. When I saw you standing at your post I said to myself: ‘That fellow will never get away from here alive.’ I raised my musket and took aim. I was standing in the shadow completely concealed, while the full light of the moon was falling upon you. At that instant, just as a moment ago, you raised your eyes…
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