From the Editor's Notebook (Jan-Feb 1975)

MIF 7:1 (Jan-Feb 1975)


W. Ross Rainey

The year 1974 will be remembered for a number of things such as toppled governments, Watergate, the Arab oil embargo and related energy problems, runaway inflation, wars and rumours of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, hurricane Fifi, and false prophets. All these things should remind us that this age is rapidly drawing to a close as the stage is set for the appearance of the Man of Sin and the coming Tribulation period.

From a deeply personal standpoint, one other thing that 1974 will be remembered for is the unexpected death of several Christian friends, whose exodus from this earthly scene, at least from our limited human perspective, seemed most untimely, again reminding us of the brevity, frailty, and uncertainty of life. One of these friends, now “with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:23), penned the following guidelines about six months before his Home Call to, as he said, “help me live in my times of trial”:

    1. Learn to live with less concern for my limitations… which I can’t change (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

    2. Learn to lean with more reality on the Living Lord and His Written Word (Proverbs 3:5-6).

    3. Learn to look to the future with a more positive trust in the Promises of God (1 Peter 1:3-4).

Having been blessed by these thoughts, I wanted to share them with you at the beginning of this New Year. And if, throughout 1975, we keep before us guidelines such as these, it will be a better year for each of us, no matter what we may encounter along the way.