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December 4th – We Never Know When



Once upon a time a high-powered business man rushed into his office, barked at his secretary “Are all the arrangements made for my trip to Brussels?”. “Yes sir, but there’s a man waiting who …”
“Cancel all appointments for this morning and rearrange them for tomorrow. I really must concentrate on this urgent matter.” “Yes sir, but there’s a man here to see you ….”
“I can’t see anyone, don’t you understand? I’m too busy.” “But sir …”
“Don’t you realise that I have thousands of people depending on my pulling off this deal? Can’t you grasp that? Nothing must interrupt me today. It’s all too important.” “Yes sir, I do understand. It’s just that your wife called to say that she had a strange dream, and …”
“She had a what? How do you expect me to find time to listen to that kind of twaddle? I’ll call her when I get back from Brussels tonight, because I have to go directly to that urgent meeting of directors and then on to dinner at the Grosvenor …” “Sir I have your tablets here. The Dr. said you must …”
“Yes, I know, always fussing … He doesn’t realise how busy men have to earn a living …”
“And this man says he can’t wait long …”
“Good. He’s going then … If it’s important he’ll be back.” “No sir, he’s coming into your office now, and I can’t stop him.” “What the …? Who are you …?”
The strange man entered and simply said “I’ve come for you now”. “What do you mean, you’ve come for me? My chauffeur will take me to the airport and my staff will …”, said the bewildered executive.
“I am the angel of death sir, and your time is now …”. “But I …” – and that was that!
By the way, afterwards the secretary didn’t remember a thing about the strange man who called. She just found her boss dead in his chair, all his urgent business unfinished.
In case you’re wondering what brought this on, this seemingly morbid thought for today, let’s hear it, but better, from Jesus himself:
The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops’. Then he said ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy: eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ Luke Chapter 12 v. 16-21
This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich towards God.
A Prayer: Since I know not what the next hour may bring, O Lord, grant me a sense of the eternity which is just a door away from me now.

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