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A true story is told about a distinguished man, the only white person buried in a Georgia cemetery reserved exclusively for blacks. He had lost his mother when he was just a baby. His father, who never married again, hired a black woman named Mandy to help raise his son.

She was a Christian, and she took her task seriously. Seldom has a motherless boy received such warmhearted attention.

One of his earliest memories was of Mandy bending tenderly over him in his upstairs bedroom each day and softly saying, "Wake up, God's mornin' is come." As the years passed, this devoted woman continued to serve as his substitute mother. The young man went away to college, but when he would come home each holiday and summer she would climb the stairs -- more slowly now -- and call him in the same loving way.

One day after he had become a successful statesman, the sad message came: "Mandy is dead. Can you attend her funeral?"

As he stood by her grave in the cemetery, he turned to his friends and said; "If I die before Jesus comes, I want to be buried here beside Mandy. I like to think that on resurrection day she'll speak to me again and say, "Wake up, my boy, God's Mornin' is come!"

The sentiment expressed by this grateful man rings true...but it will be the Lord who will say to us: "Awake, my children, Morning is come!" And that's the hope of every Christian!

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