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An Appointment

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In the late 1800s, James A. Garfield was President of the United States of America, taking office March 4, 1881. It is recorded that on his first Sunday in Washington  after his inauguration, a member of the cabinet insisted that a meeting must be called to discuss a matter that threatened a national crisis. The Pres­ident refused on
the grounds of an­other appointment. The cabinet mem­ber then insisted that the national matter was of grave importance, and that Mr. Garfield should break his engagement, but Mr. Garfield refused to do so. Then the cabinet member remarked: "I would be interested to know with whom you have an engagement so important it cannot be broken." President Garfield replied: "I will be as frank as you are. My engagement is with the Lord, to meet Him at His house at His table at 10:00 tomorrow morning, and I shall be there." "Not forsaking the assem­bling of ourselves together..."
 

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