Signs of the Times

Oneta Aldrich Wakeford
from a digest in Praying Hands
Winchester, Massachusetts

"The world is too much with us," wrote the English poet, William Wordsworth, in 1806. That, of course, was before the automobile, telephone, airplane, radio and television. What would he say now if he could see our fast-paced living, and hear the "no-time" complaints and excuses? He might well advise us to move to a deserted island.

Even though we might want to, that would be impossible for the majority of us. But all of us can bring into our lives a bit of what an island signifies—peace, quietness and aloneness with our God. We do not have to move anywhere. We can have our "island" in our present home. We don't have to become hermits, but instead have to revise our daily schedule in order to put first things first.

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July 19, 1969

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