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Last Sunday I went to the town of Linville in the state of North Carolina. Linville is a town on a mountain where there are many ski resorts. I intended to spend the night in Linville, but according to the weather report, there was a possibility of heavy snow. The pastor of the church urged me to return after the afternoon service. If I did not, I might not be able to leave Monday morning.

The afternoon service ended about 3:00, so I quickly got in the car and headed for my daughter Merri’s home in a town called Raleigh. It takes about four hours, so I drove at a high speed. Since I have gotten older, my eyes have become weaker, so I avoid night driving as much as possible. As I hurried toward my daughter’s home, I kept repeating, “Before it gets dark. Before it gets dark.” When I arrived safely at my daughter’s home about dusk, I thanked the Lord over and over again.

A verse of Scripture came to mind as I kept saying, “Before it gets dark. Before it gets dark.”
It was John 9:4.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work
. Night is coming, so we must hurriedly preach the gospel to as many people as possible. There is no time to dilly-dally. This world is going to become darker and darker spiritually, and the second coming of Christ might take place soon, so let’s be zealous in evangelism now.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
(First Thessalonians 5:2, 4-6)

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