'We Can Turn Back the Clock, But Not the Calendar'
by Travis Wiginton
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Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, parts of Indiana and the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa are the only places in the U.S. that do not observe Daylight Standard Time, but instead stay on 'Standard Time' all year long.
So at 2 a.m. on November 2, 2008, most of us will turn our clocks back an hour....
unless some forget to do so, thus they'll be arriving early for Worship services.
We've shared with you before how La Moyne and I met for the 1st time on Nov. 2, 1951 in her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
On Nov. 2, 1965 (after the birth of our 3 sons) our precious daughter, Kristin La Moyne was born, so Nov. 2nd has a special place in our hearts!
The poet said:
"I have only just a minute, only 60 seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can't refuse it..but it's up to me to use it.
I must suffer loss if I lose it, give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it."
Ben Franklin wrote the epitaph that appeared on his tomb:
"The body of Benjamin Franklin (like the cover of an old book..
its contents torn out and stript of it's lettering and gilding) lies here.
Food for worms, yet the work itself shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed)
appear once more in a new and more beautiful edition....
corrected and amended by The Author."
One of the best things I've ever read on Heaven was a letter printed in the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger years ago.
'Looking to the Better Land'
Several months ago, a California pastor announced over the radio that on the following Sunday, his sermon subject would be "Heaven". During the week, he received a letter from an elderly man who was quite ill.
"Next Sunday,' the letter read, 'you are to talk about Heaven. I am interested in that land because I have held a clear title to a bit of property there for over 55 years.
I did not buy it' he continued, 'it was given to me without money and without price.
But the Lord, my donor, purchased it for me at a tremendous sacrifice. I am not holding it for speculation. The title is not transferable. It is not a vacant lot.
For more than half a century, I have been sending material out of which the great Architect and Builder of the Universe has been building a home for me.
This, my Eternal Home, will never need to be repaired, because it will suit me perfectly and it will never grow old!"
The almost unreadable manuscript indicated that the old man's trembling hand apparently paused for a moment before he was able to continue.
Then he wrote:
"Termites can never undermine it's foundation for it rests upon The Rock of Ages.
Fire cannot destroy it....
floods cannot wash it away....
no lock nor bolt will ever be placed on it's doors,
for no vicious person can enter the land where my dwelling stands.
It is now almost completed and ready for me to enter and abide in peace forever...
without fear of being ejected'.
'There is a Valley of Deep Shadows' the old man continued, 'between me and my home in the City of God.
But I am not afraid...because my best friend went through the same valley long ago and destroyed all it's gloom.
He has stuck by me through thick and thin since we first became acquainted 55 years ago and I hold His promise in printed form, never to leave me nor forsake me.
He will walk with me through the Valley of Shadows and I shall not lose my way."
"I hope to hear your sermon on Heaven next Sunday' the old man concluded...
'but I have no assurance that I shall be able to do so.
My ticket to Heaven has:
~no date marked for the journey...
~no return coupon...
~no permit for baggage.
"Yes', he said, ' I am ready to go, all of my preparation is made.
I gladly wait for The Captain to say 'All Aboard".
Due to Tuberculosis, in his latter years the great writer Robert Louis Stevenson had sciatica and daily hemorrhaging.
His response of Faith was:
"I will NOT let the medicine bottles on this mantle be the limit of my horizon.....
nor the blood on this handkerchief be the chief fact of my life."
La Moyne and I pray that our faith (and your's) will be that strong!
While La Moyne was in the hospital last week, she said that she was thinking about how many times she has had to be hospitalized this year. She said the thought came to her, that she has been 'behind the 8 Ball in 2008'.
Then she said that God reminded her of ANOTHER 8.....Romans 8:28
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose". (Romans 8:28)
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This is a good and beautifully carved piece, my precious friends La Moyne and Brother Travis. You have said "The whole truth, and nothing but the truth..." And God has helped you! My heart is with you, on a daily basis...even my breath prayers are for you. We're SO GLAD we are family in Christ...whatever hurts any of you...hurts us! So take heart and may His great healing soon reach both of you...Amen & Amen & Amen in Jesus'Name.
Oh how right you both are! We can turn back the clock but not the calendar. One thing we know for sure, that both you and La Moyne were called according to His purpose, and how well you have been fulfilling that purpose. I appreciate you both so very much. Love, your friend, Sharon