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My mom, Allegra McNemar Wiant, was born on this day in 1912, but lived only long enough to be a wonderful mother to her four children and to see all of her ten grandchildren, barely.  The last one, Angela Wiant, was born in 1967 and mom died September 29, 1967.  She was only 51!  I still miss her.  She is resting until the great resurrection morning when Jesus comes.  I am glad that is what the Bible teaches – that death is a sleep.  Jesus called it that.  We all need to do as the ancient Bereans did, who, according to Acts 17:11, “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”  If we believed this, there would be no one fooled by the apparent appearance of one of our dead loved ones, no fear of ghosts of departed souls.  I say, I am glad because I would not like her to see the state of the world as it is now, only evil continually, or the problems in her family.  That would not be Heaven for her who refused to listen to very much of the world news.  No, she is resting in peace and will be resurrected in the first resurrection, at the last trump, just as the Bible says.  There was an old country song that said, “I’d like to be standing at Mother’s grave, when Jesus comes in His power.”  I would like to do that.

Not everyone agrees with me on this and it is good to remember that millions are where they are, as to religious denomination, through the accident of birth or association rather than through study or conviction.  I think we all need to recognize that others are as honest as we are—and as anxious for the light of God’s truth.  But opportunities differ for everyone, and surroundings are not often the same.  We must not attempt to judge human hearts.  God alone can do this.  If you disagree with someone’s views, don’t argue.  Just search it out for yourself.  The internet makes it easy to look up differing views, but only the Bible, not other writings, will give you God’s Word alone, which is the true light.

Talking about remembering my mom, Thursday evening, November 09, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had a wonderful get-together to honor our veterans.  Without advertisement we had nearly 60 people attend and 18 of them were veterans, including one female who reported 18 years of service.  Thanks to Mike and Sandi Stutler of Weston, and his sisters and other members of our church, we had plenty of good food.  The organization of it all came mostly from Sandi and Mike Stutler.  It has been almost a yearly celebration at our church, but Sandi’s organizational skills helped create a wonderful occasion.  Folks from Highland Adventist Academy of Elkins led us in the pledge to the flag, the national anthem, and God Bless America to set the tone for the service.  After dinner each veteran told us something about his or her memories of their service in the different branches of our armed forces. I only wish we had recorded the many interesting stories that each of them shared with us.  One veteran was unable to attend although he was ready to go but I didn’t pick him up as I had promised to do!  I felt so sad about that.  (I had tried to call him several times to see if we could leave earlier and got no answer because, as I learned later, his phone was being charged, so I went on without him).  He says we will do better next year because it will be the actual 100th anniversary of the Armistice and we’ll remember that.  Wikipedia tells us “Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays.”  So I am praying that Alvin J. “A.J” Duke will attend for certain next year.


Veterans who attended, in the order that they signed my paper:

Al Tucker, USAF, Retired,

Jim LeVos, MASH Unit,

Terry N. Gould, (Failed to write branch of service),

Donald Canterbury, USN,

Richard Whiting, Army 101st Airborne 187th INF,

Charles A. Howell, Army,

Gene Hornbeck, Army,

Jack Marteney, Marine,

Fred Seeley, Army,

Jerry Heckert, Air Force,

John Simons, USAF,

Susan Bradley, Army

Rev. Paul J. Ours, Army

Michael Stutler, USN

Benny Shifflett, M.O.P.H. Comm Ch 1118 Clarksburg

George Erwin, U.S.M.C.

H. Ford Carver, U.S.M.C.

Gary Wolford, Marine

Alvin J. Duke, Air Force

Maranatha!

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