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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Finding Hidden Treasure

I've been having a bad start to the new year. Not much to tell, no precipitating event, no specific trauma. Just lots of little things and an emotional roller coaster.

I was looking for a book today and came across my brother's Bible. I brought it home on my last visit with my Dad.

I could have just placed it aside and continued my book search, but I didn't.

I sat on the bed and unzipped the cover. Out of the front fell an invitation to my high school graduation and several remembrance tree lighting programs my mother had placed there in the years between my brother's death (1996) and hers (2004).

I just sat there flipping through the pages remembering when my brother got this Bible in the late 70's as a 15-year old student at a tiny Christian school. I was admiring the large print and thinking perhaps it would honor his memory to use the Bible rather than store it away. Then I saw it.

It was an old yellow newspaper clipping. It was not something my mother tucked away. But it looked older than the age of the Bible. I checked online for the writer's name, Rev. E. W. Rimpo, and found a link to a newspaper archive. It is a paid site so I wasn't able to find out much. The essay was probably from 1955 or there about. E.W. Rimpo was a pastor at First Baptist Church in Fruitland, Maryland. My brother was born in 1966 and lived his entire life in Delaware. So I don't know how he ended up with this clipping in his Bible. Perhaps he found it in our Grandmother's boxes of clippings and mementos and decided to save it. By most standards the article is rather simple and mundane. Why would he save it?

Here is the article:

Have a Good Day
By Rev. E. W. Rimpe

Do you expect to have a good day or do you feel that is out of your hands? If you have felt helpless to do anything about the quality of your day just give it another thought. You have so much to do that you do not know how to crowd it into a day and spend much of your time in needless worry instead of doing some of the things which should be done. The life that began at Bethlehem ended at Calvary thirty-three years afterward. How little time that was in which to do what had to be done yet the world has never been quite the same again.

As we again take a good look at that great life we cannot quite duplicate it but we can continue to learn from Him. In all His busy life He never seemed too hurried to take necessary time. Plan your day so that some time will be given to the things that need to be done and when you do them give yourself wholeheartedly to what you are doing. After you have completed your task move on to the next. If you will follow each task with the next you will find the day's work done before you know it.

Keep in mind the important fact that every hour is made up of precious minutes. Sometimes a task will only take a few minutes and part of the day's work will be done. While what takes only moments to do may not be as important as what takes longer there are times when the moments can count for more so put all of yourself into what you are doing whatever time it takes. Plan your day so that every moment of your day will be made to count.

As you prepare your day's program include a good word or deed for someone else. A good word doesn't cost any more than the exercise of a few facial muscles and that does not cost much but it can do so much good, It can also do good both coming and going. Learn how from the greatest of Teachers and have a good day.

Fifty years ago Rev. Rimpo dedicated a few moments to writing an essay for the local newspaper. While almost all those newspapers ended up at the city dump, someone spent a few moments finding the scissors, cutting out this article and saving it. One day, my brother came across it. Something about it caught his interest, and in a few seconds he tucked it into his Bible. Today I stopped for just a moment to sit and look through a Bible. And just as God knew 50 years ago...the words were there.

Have a Good Day!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a precious treasure to find!
And how true it is that God's Word is as relevant today as it was 50+ years ago.
Have a great day!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Kievas said...

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:11-12

Sometimes the whisper is the most powerful voice of all.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Revem said...

What a beautiful gift.
Thank you for sharing it with us.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, what a lovely thing. Wouldn't Rev. Rimpo be surprised to know this? :-)

Hope you are feeling a bit more chipper.

9:18 PM  
Blogger revabi said...

What a beautiful God thing, God moment you had. The pain and the joy.
I am so glad you found that bible, and looked through it.
Thank you for blogging it for us.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Bill Rimpo said...

You truely found a gem in my grandfather. He wrote a weekly meditation for the Paterson NJ paper every week even after he retired and moved to Maryland. My brother found your story and passed it on to me. It brought back memories of his visits with us when he would preach at the Union Baptist Church during summer vacations. I also kept one of his articles in my walllet because it lifted my spirits when I was down. Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of the world.
Bill Rimpo

8:27 PM  
Blogger chartreuseova said...

I am so glad you found my blog post about your grandfather. After finding such a treasure, I just had to share it with the world. Does anyone in your family have a collection of your grandfather's articles?

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Bill Rimpo said...

Unfortunately we do not. If I happen to get my hands on any other meditations he wrote I will certainly pass them on. Bill

7:37 PM  
Blogger chartreuseova said...

If you or someone in the family would like to have the 2 news clippings I have. (I found a second one about being a good neighbor) please send me a mailing address & I'd be happy to drop them in the mail.

My email address is chartreuseova (at) yahoo (dot) com

9:52 AM  

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