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We live in a time of great change. The question is: What are we going to do with it?

Tom Cook is a volunteer chaplain for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and the Forest Grove Police Department.Now that I have retired to my newly adopted hometown of Forest Grove, I am able to put more time/energy into my hobby: antique furniture repair and restoration.

I enjoy finding a "barn find," restoring it to its formal glory and then selling it.

This past week, I finished a gorgeous antique dresser and posted it on Facebook for sale. It sold within four hours of posting.

The buyer called me and asked if I can deliver it. I said sure, if local: "Where are you located?"

She responded: "Sydney, Australia!"

Um, no, I don't deliver that far.

Turns out that this family spends part of the year "Down Under" and part of the year living near Portland. They were in the process of decorating their home here in period American furniture. This buyer was monitoring my little Facebook page from Australia until the right piece of furniture came up for sale, and then called me long-distance to purchase it.

I delivered it to the house the very next day — locally, not in Australia. So, I can now say that I have international clientele!

This kind of purchase would not have been possible in the world that I experienced growing up in the 1950s in the Deep South. As Bob Dylan once stated: "The Times They Are a-Changing."

We live in a time of change. It is inevitable. Someone has said that if life isn't changing, it isn't alive. In fact, you might say that life is all about change.

The question is: what are we going to do with it? Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that there is a time for everything under heaven — and yes, even "Down Under."

Now that is something to think about.


Tom Cook is a volunteer chaplain for the Forest Grove Police Department and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.

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