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Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) was a British statesman, soldier, and writer who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice, from 1940 to 1945 during the Second World War and again from 1951 to 1955. Without his forceful leadership, Hitler might well have won WW II. 

Winston Churchill planned his own funeral in detail, which took place in Saint Paul’s Cathedral. He included many of the great hymns of the church, and used the eloquent Anglican liturgy. 

At his direction, a bugler, positioned high in the dome of Saint Paul’s, intoned, after the benediction, the sound of Taps, the universal signal that says the day is over. 

But then came the most dramatic turn: As Churchill instructed, as soon as Taps was finished, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played the notes of Reveille – “It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up in the morning.”

That was Churchill’s testimony that at the end of history, the last note will not be Taps; it will be Reveille. The worst things are never the last things. I find this so cool that I might ask to have this done at my own funeral. 

Thanks to John Claypool and to Pixabay for the photo. 

How are YOU able to get beyond the worst things that happen to YOU in YOUR life? How optimistic are YOU?


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