He said; I began crying and felt a powerful call from the Lord to write Eternity…..

Arthur Stace

Arthur Stace an Australian also known as Mr Eternity became a Christian and a reformed Alcoholic after years of hurt and disillusionment, he Loved the Lord and shared the gospel in his own way by writing the word “Eternity ” in chalk on footpaths in Sydney even though he was illiterate and found it hard to write even his own name but he felt a powerful call from the Lord to write Eternity and so he did many times over 35 years and it was clear each time in a beautiful Copperplate script, he said he could never understand how he did this, it always amazed him.

Arthur  was born in Balmain in the inner-west of Sydney on the 9 February 1884 his Parents were Alcoholics and he only knew poverty and neglect, he stole bread and milk to survive and also searched for food scraps in rubbish bins. When he was 12 with very little formal Schooling, he was made a ward of the State.

As a hurting, confused Teenager of 15 years he became an Alcoholic like his Parents and ended up in jail  but after his release he still continued to live a life of crime and in his twenties he was a scout for his Sisters’ Brothels. In March 1916, at age 32, he enlisted for World War I with the 19th Battalion 5th Biagade AIF but he suffered from Bronchitis and Pleurisy which led to his medical discharge on 2 April 1919.
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Arthur Stace 1

The National Museum of Australia in Canberra holds one of Arthur Stace’s iconic ‘Eternity’ signs, which he chalked on a piece of cardboard for a friend at Church. In Sydney today, his word “Eternity” can still be seen written in a few places. About 5am in the morning he would  go around the streets of Sydney and chalk the word “Eternity” on footpaths, the train station entrances and anywhere else he could think of. It is estimated that Arthur Stace wrote the word “Eternity” around 500,000 times over the 35 years, he was pulled up for Graffiti  but he said that God asked him to write it and as he wasn’t really defacing property, they never pursued legal action and just looked the other way.

I wonder how many stopped and thought about Eternity after seeing it, when I hear or see the word, I feel Joy, it reminds me of all the wonder of Heaven and being with my Abba Father and Jesus  our Lord and King Eternally through the indwelling of The Holy Spirit.

 

BRIDGE

Arthur Stace died of a stroke in a Nursing Home at the age of 83 on 30 July 1967. As a tribute to the man known as Mr Eternity, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up with the word “Eternity” as part of the celebrations for the beginning of the year 2000.

 

George Street

I want to share with you about another Australian who was a faithful Christian man in his Senior years, he also had a heart to share about his Lord and Saviour although in a  different way than Arthur Stace did.

If you take the time to hear the short Audio below about what happened in  George Street, it will amaze you and leave you praising and thanking God and also wanting to share about Him passionately in a way that is unique to you too.

With me it is in sharing God’s Truth in Power points, Post messages and Comments both on Blogs and Websites, how I do this I don’t know because with being Dyslectic I have problems writing in detail but both the words and Scripture come to me as I write, sometimes over a few days as I prepare to Post.

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About Freedomborn

My name is Anne although some call me Grannie Annie especially Children whom I share with in my Funday School . I live in Queensland Australia. I’m very much a People person believing we are all People of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free now.
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23 Responses to He said; I began crying and felt a powerful call from the Lord to write Eternity…..

  1. I too am an alcoholic. Out there 35 years. But through the wonderful healing power of our Lord, clean and sober twelve and one half years.

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    • God tells us Carl as we think in our heart we will do, so it is very good for you to say you are no longer an Alcoholic or as you said, you are clean. I was a Gambler, it nearly destroyed me but I am no longer a Gambler, I was delivered.

      It is the same with all sin Carl, when we have repented which shows we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we have been set free from sin’s slavery, God tells us to reckon that we are dead to sin not keep saying we are sinners.

      Thank you for visiting and sharing Carl it is appreciated – Anne

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      • Recovery program tells me I will always be an alcoholic and that recovery is not an end but a process. Remaining connected with our Lord is a key to success.

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        • Who do you believe and Trust in Carl, God or Man and do you obey man instead of God.

          If God tells us to do something we do it and so yes we have success.

          Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

          If your keep saying your an Alcoholic Carl, you will always be one because your reinforcing it which God tells us not to do about any sin as you can see in the Scripture above.

          Blessings – Anne

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  2. My friend, thank you for sharing Arthur’s inspiring life and legacy of faith. If I see the word “Eternity,” I would stop and reflect too. God speaks to us through people, Events, circumstances, signs and all that we see around. At the right time, when we are going trough so hardship or test of faith, he reveals and touch our hearts. Me and my wife are currently going through some difficulty due to broken friendships. We prayed that for peace and forgiveness but so far they have not stopped talking bad things about us to other people. The new friends we met through our Yoli wellness gave us support and inspired us to hang on to God for comfort. Sometimes life be hard. No matter how we try to be good, to be honest, to be giving, someone will never be happy and will try up take our light and joy away. Everyday we pray that God will heal all, and that the storm will come to pass soon. God bless you always and your family. Thank you. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    • Dear Island Traveler because you are not hard and uncaring but have a Loving heart you are feeling the pain of broken friendships greatly and I feel compassion for you, how sad they cannot see the evil they are doing and yes it is evil to persecute and victimize others for any reason and not to seek forgiveness and restoration.

      But God won’t force them to do what is right and two wrongs don’t make a right, so hold fast to God’s Love and don’t give Satan a foothold by becoming bitter and seeking revenge, stay as you are now, willing to forgive.

      It may take time for them to come to their senses or they may never do this but don’t let their unloving words and actions actions pollute you both, God Loves them but hates what they are doing because they will be hurt as well as others, they will indeed reap what they sow, unless they repent, lets pray they see the need to do this.

      Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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  3. What an awesome and inspiring story!

    Eternity!!!

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    • Thanks Caleb we agree with you, they were very faithful men. Eternity starts in our heart and overflows to our Soul and so our words and action follow because our focus is on Jesus, He dominates our thoughts because we willingly let Him live within us, and than our actions follow, He is our Lord and King, He is our everything.

      Christian Love from both Ron and Anne.

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  4. Ron says:

    Yes they are two inspiring stories of two inconsequential men who decided to witness each in their own way and each making great Kingdom advances for the Lord. I’ve heard the story of Mr Gemmal before by Major Ian Thomas. Trouble is today Arthur Stace would be charged with Graffiti if he did what he did then. Sad isn’t it?

    Thanks
    Ron

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    • Yes very True Love, Arthur Stace would have been fined for Graffiti today they would not have looked the other way and we would not have seen Eternity on the Bridge in memory of him. As we come closer to the end of this world and before the Rapture, Christianity will be despised by many and some of us too will be Martyred as they are already being in some Countries today.

      Yes we may never know how many stopped and thought about Eternity after seeing it on the footpaths etc, but God had a reason for Arthur Stace writing it and as I shared when I hear or see the word, I feel Joy, it reminds me of all the wonder of Heaven and being with Jesus eternally.

      Christian Love Always dear – Anne

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  5. Planting Potatoes says:

    I was blessed by that story…..thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you for visiting planting Potatoes and for sharing your feelings it is appreciated and yes they are both wonderful examples of men sold out for God, when I first heard about them many years ago, they made me wonder what message am I leaving for others and it is why I always confirm now everything I share about God’s Truth with His Scripture which He gives me not audibly but in my heart.

      Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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  6. I am so very glad that I read this! Its right where my main passion lies in sharing eternity with people as a matter of fact after being so stirred I started a Facebook group called Eternity Matters and Arthurs mission was the inspiration for it… to stir us up to share eternity!
    For anyone interested this is the link! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EternityMatters/

    The time is short and there are far too many that need to know more about his sacrifice love and gift for them!

    Blessings!

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  7. bjsscribbles says:

    Great work I remember that story, just quickly tonight trying to do a bit. Will miss it.

    Barb and the puppies.

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  8. T says:

    I loved both of these! We never know who may be touched,by our actions, we have to keep pressing on doing the job that God gives each of us to do! These were great stories thanks for sharing them.

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  9. andtheword says:

    Thank you for sharing these inspiring stories, of 2 very ordinary men, but what an Extraordinary God led them to do, is wonderful.
    Together in Christ
    Love Vivienne

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    • Thank you dear Vivienne for visiting and sharing and yes they are wonderful stories of these two men’s faithfulness to answer God’s call to share the Gospel in their own way, like you do too in your family.

      Please let me know when your new Grandson is Born and don’t forget the pics, how very blessed you both are.

      Christian Love Always – Anne.

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