As Usual With Wesley
A lady once
asked John Wesley that suppose he were to know that he would die at
12:00 midnight tomorrow, how would he spend the intervening time. His
reply: “Why madam, just as I intend to spend it now. I would preach
this evening at Gloucester, and again at five tomorrow morning; after
that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the
societies in the evening. I would then go to Rev. Martin’s house, who
expects to entertain me, talk and pray with the family as usual, retire
to my room at 10 o’clock, commend myself to my heavenly Father, lie
down to rest, and wake up in Glory.”
P. C. For Plough Corn
A young man
presented himself to the presiding elder of the Methodist Church and
said he desired to become a preacher. On being questioned by his
ecclesiastical superior, he replied that the night before he had seen in
the sky, written in large characters of gold, the letters P.
C.—“Preach Christ.” As the presiding elder knew the young man well
as a person, very excitable, and otherwise utterly unfitted for the work
of the ministry, he said to him, “But, my young brother, you are
mistaken. P. C. does not mean, in your case, Preach Christ. It means
Plough Corn. It will be your calling, and you will be doing God’s will
most truly if you continue to help your father on the farm.
King Practices Obedience
It is said of
Henry of Bavaria that at one time, becoming weary of court life, he
determined to enter a monastery. When he presented himself to Prior
Richard, the faithful monk gave him the strict rules of the order. The
king listened eagerly and enthusiastically expressed pleasure at the
prospect of such complete consecration.
Then the prior
insisted that obedience, implicit and expressed was the first requisite
of sainthood. The monarch promised to follow his will in every detail.
“Then go back to your throne and do your duty in the station God
assigned you,” was the prior’s word to him. The king took up his
scepter again, and from then until he died, his people said of him,
“King Henry has learned to govern by learning to obey.”
painting the matchless frescoes on the high ceiling of the Sistine
Chapel, spent countless hours on his back from high scaffolding,
carefully perfecting the details of each figure. A friend asked him why
he took such pains with figures which could be seen only at a distance
by viewers. “After all,” said the friend, “who will know whether
it is perfect or not?” “I will,” replied the artist.
—Sam M. Fleming
Faith Bell Ringer
According to a
1974 newspaper item, Leo Fortier had rung the bell of his parish church
in Three Rivers, Quebec, every Sunday for 52 years. Quite a record of
“Had You Tarried”
An old legend
tells of a monk in his cell who experienced a moment of ineffable joy
when a vision of his Master appeared to him. Then someone rapped at the
door and called for help; he hesitated, should he go or should he stay?
He went, and when he returned the Vision was still there, saying “Had
you tarried, I would have gone.”
—Eugene A. Hessel
Two Costliest Words
King Joao V of
Portugal paid almost one-fourth of a billion dollars during the 18th
century for the two words “REI FIDELISSIMO” (Most Faithful King). In
exchange for this exorbitant sum, the king won the right to display
these two words in his title.
extravaganza however exhausted all the wealth Portugal had extracted
from Brazil up to then. And when the king died, having no money in the
treasury to bury him decently, a public collection had to be taken for
“Yellowstone’s Old Faithful”
Faithful” in Yellowstone National Park gets its name from the fact
that, unlike other geysers, it follows a dependable time schedule. Once
every 65 minutes, it shoots a stream of boiling water over one hundred
and seventy feet into the air.
Holding The Fort
The hymn with
chorus “Hold the fort, for I am coming!” written by P. P. Bliss, was
suggested to him by an incident in the American Civil War. At Altoma
Pass the fort being held by General Corse was besieged by the enemy
under General Hood, who summoned it to surrender. Corse refused to
surrender. Many were the casualties, but in spite of the hopeless
situation the defenders remained faithful. Then a white signal flag
across the valley, some twenty miles away, waved the message, “Hold
the fort, for I am coming.” General Sherman was marching to the relief
of the beleaguered and faithful defenders.
One Year To Live
The Baltimore Sun
conducted a contest, and the following poem received a prize for the
best answer to the question, “What would you do if you had one more
year to live?”
“If I had but one year to live;
One year to help; one year to give;
One year to love; one year to bless;
One year of better things to stress;
One year to sing; one year to smile;
To brighten earth a little while;
One year to sing my Maker’s praise;
One year to fill with work my days;
One year to strive for a reward
When I should stand before my Lord,
I think that I would spend each day,
In just the very self-same way
That I do now. For from afar
The call may come across the bar
At any time, and I must be
Prepared to meet eternity.
So if I have a year to live,
Or just one day in which to give
A pleasant smile, a helping hand,
A mind that tries to understand
A fellow-creature when in need;
’Tis one with me—I take no heed.
But try to live each day He sends
To serve my gracious Master’s ends.”
—Mary Davis Reed
Sallman’s “Last” Three Months
copies of Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ” painting hang in homes
around the world. The picture presents Jesus as a man of strong
personality, rugged health, with the marks of character and leadership.
Here is the artist’s life that shaped his view of Jesus:
In 1917, the
young artist was told by his physician. “You have tuberculosis of the
lymph glands. Without surgery I believe you have about three months to
left the office in a daze. He was concerned for the young singer who had
recently became his bride and for their baby that was soon to be born.
said, “We will pray and thank God for the three months. We will ask
him to use us to the limit and if He will mercifully give us more time,
we shall be grateful for it.” Together they knelt in trusting prayer.
healing took place. Warner Sallman never needed surgery. For many years
he remained in robust health, an earnest Christian dedicated to Christ.
Epigram On Faithfulness
•Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to
pieces, I would still plant my little apple tree and pay my debts.
•St. Francis of Assisi, hoeing his garden, was
asked what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he was to die
at sunset that day. He said: “I would finish hoeing my garden.”
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