"On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his last three wishes:
1. The best doctors should carry his coffin.
2. The wealth he accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery.
3. His hands should hang loose outside the coffin for all to see.
One of his generals, surprised by these unusual requests, asked Alexander to explain. Alexander said:
1. I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.
2. I want the road to be covered with my treasure so everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, will stay on earth.
3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and leave empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted and that is: TIME."
Cashman goes on to quote the Rabbi,
"We take to our grave no material wealth. TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED. We can produce wealth, but we cannot produce more time. When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we can never take back.
"Our time is our life! The best present that you can give to your family and friends is your TIME. May God grant YOU plenty of TIME to share with all."
My own personal comments relates to the best use of our time is that we share with our spouse and children, giving them our precious time and attention.
Historical note on Alexander and Israel: There are several references to Alexander having completed a successful siege of Gaza and then approaching Jerusalem in 332 B.C. The historian Flavius Josephus wrote that the High Priest Jaddua, met Alexander outside Jerusalem and made an accomodation with him. Alexander's tutor Aristotle had convinced Alexander to favor the Jews. Alexander was very polite to the welcoming party and is said to have said about his respect accorded Jaddua, "I did not adore him, but that God who hath honored him with his high priesthood; ..." When the scroll of Daniel's was brought to Alexander's attention indicating a king from Greece would defeat the Persians, Alexander accepted that he was that king and rendered great positive attention to the Jews from then on.
This account renders distinct authenticity to the credibility of the prophecy of Daniel.
[Editor's Comment: Allen Clark served as an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. I met Allen and his wife Linda in San Antonio, Texas in April 2007, at the combined Military Chaplains Association and Veteran Affairs Chaplaincy Conventions. We bonded immediately and we have been friends ever since that day. He is a great American and a Patriot. Our country owes him a debt we can never repay. He was severely wounded in Vietnam defending South Vietnam. In that battle he lost both legs, or as he says he gave both legs.
God has miraculously healed Allen of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and he gives thanks to Jesus. He and his wife, Linda, are both Spirit-filled Christians and are members of the Anglican Church. Amazingly, they have asked me to be there personal pastor. You try to figure that one out--a Pentecostal Holiness minister being a pastor to Anglican members.
They came to our General Conference in Dallas when I was honored by Bishop D. Chris Thompson and Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry Jones my successor who now is the director/endorser of Chaplains Ministries, IPHC, as well as our chaplains who were present. An amazing thing happened that day to Allen and Linda. They stopped in the hotel restaurant to get something to eat. They met Leverne and Edith Tripp, friends of mine from our days at Holmes Bible College, in the hotel restaurant and Leverne paid for their meal. They didn't know it until they tried to pay. If you see Leverne and Edith this week at Holmes Bible College for Founder's Week and Homecoming, please let them know you read about it in Hugh's News.
The Homecoming Dinner Banquet will be this evening at Holmes Memorial Church at 6:30 p. m. at which event Leverne Tripp will be singing.]