November 17, 2013
Baby Isaac was born in a Huntsville, Alabama hospital on 11-12-13 at 14:15. Tuesday was a special day, according to Maxie Gardner of WHNT television. Others across the nation lined up to be married on 11-12-13, which makes it easier to remember every anniversary for years to come.
Little Isaac was born in military time at 14:15, civilian time was 2:15 p.m., but it certainly is easier to list his vital statistics for now as 11-12-13, 14:15. That means he was born on the 11th month, 12th day of the month, the 2013 year and at the 14th hour and 15 minutes of the day in military time.
The numbers are right for this Huntsville, Alabama family. We can all wish the very best for young Isaac and his mother, Ginny. Ginny Langbehn is Director of Advancement at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center, a role in which she has served since 2012.
Congratulations are arriving from many areas of the country and world. Though he had nothing to do with the planning and excitement of his birth, this is something that Isaac can always be proud of.
You may read about the Isaac of the Bible in chapters 17-35 in the first book of the Bible, one of the most interesting stories in history. He was born so late in the lives of his parents, Abraham and Sarah, that they laughed when God promised them a son. This son’s name in Hebrew means, “Laughter.”
When he grew older, Isaac accepted Rebekah as his wife when a faithful and trusted family servant brought her from Abraham’s home country. He became the father of twin boys, Esau and Jacob. Isaac was buried with his parents in Hebron.
We read, “Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years. So Isaac breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him” (Genesis 35:28-29).
Thinking about sequential days, we will have them again in December 2014, 12-13-14. I am not sure when that will then happen again. If you know, I would be grateful if you would send that information my way.
When I was 22 years old, I had the privilege of spending a week in Huntsville, Alabama, in the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Charles O. Bates. Pastor Bates was a man of unusual abilities who became my good friend and with whom I had many enjoyable days in conferences and conventions. His son, Charles, whom we all knew as “Chuck” was an outstanding radio personality who also became a distinguished college professor at Warner University in Florida. “Chuck” and his wife, Joyce, were my cherished friends in both Indiana and Florida.
Another important date was observed in American history when on November 7, the Reverend Billy Graham celebrated his ninety-fifth birthday, and delivered a powerful message on “The Cross” to the nation.
To receive your copy of that tremendous program write to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001. Your gifts for this worldwide ministry will be appreciated. You may also down load “The Cross” to your computer, by going to MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org/offer.
Two unusual dates, one for baby Isaac in Alabama and 95 year old Billy Graham in North Carolina. May you experience significant and unusual dates in your life as you follow Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the one who adds significance to life.
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