Just a Minute Please
  
Just a Minute Please
Vol. No. 1
Published:
11/3/2014
Format:
E-Book (available as ePub files) What's This
ISBN:
978-1-46895-116-5
Just a Minute Please is a compilation of daily devotionals written by Pastor Dan Luther Edwards for newspaper columns of several local Oklahoma newspapers in the 1940's.
This book is a collection of "sermonettes" which appeared under the column entitled "Just A Minute, Please," by Dr. Dan Luther Edwards. The daily column ran in 20 newspapers state wide for over ten years. After a heart attack, Dr. Edwards' physician warned that the stresses of overseeing a large church might be too much of a strain. Dr. Edwards complied, but he was determined to go on with the Lord's work. So he began his column, "Just A Minute, Please," which ironically reached out to a greater number of people than his church ministry had. The column, although short, was by no means an easy task, even considering Dr. Edwards' extensive education and lifetime of experience. According to his daughter, Mary Edwards Cromwell, "He had to work at it because he had been educated to take a phrase and make an entire sermon." But "Just A Minute, Please" was just the opposite. He was required to render an entire sermon down to its bones while keeping it clear and thought provoking. Dan Luther Edwards met Elizabeth Lloyd back in Ohio before going to college. She waited the full eight years of his schooling, and they were married in his 28th year as he headed to Mulhall, Oklahoma Territory, as a Sunday School missionary. Eventually he was called to the First Presbyterian Church of Ponca City, and in 1921, was asked to lead the congregation of the Presbyterian Church on the Boulevard in Enid, Oklahoma. By 1926, the congregation had doubled so plans were made to build a new church and education building. It was called the First Presbyterian Church. The day the new church opened, Dr. and Mrs. Edwards led the processional from the old church into the glorious new building. As they entered, the choir and congregation sang "Holy, Holy, Holy:"What an exciting day that must have been. The First Presbyterian Church of Enid still thrives today, with many of Dr. Edwards' descendants as active members including three of his daughters. The Edwards' had seven children who grew to be leaders and productive citizens of their communities. Four of the children received college degrees in spite of the depression. The oldest child, Betty, later Mrs. Dan Dillingham, received her teaching certificate; and all three sons finished postgraduate work to become a doctor, a lawyer, and a businessman. They were Lloyd, Paul, and Phil Edwards. When asked if they were wild as children, Jane Edwards Champlin said, "We weren't wild, but we certainly blazed the trail for other ministers' children." "Dad had a good feeling for raising this because he himself had been a minister's son," added Mary. His daughters have so many warm memories of growing up in such a busy household, but they really speak with adoration when mentioning their father, "When you went into his study and wanted to talk, his first gesture was to push everything that was on his desk back and just listen to you," tells Jane, with great sweeping motion. "And you know, that was about the nicest thing you could do for a child; to make him think you have all the time in the world." Martha Edwards Traynor, as the last of seven children, has many treasured memories of being the only child of the manse when her parents lived in Enid. She even served as her father's secretary from time to time before her marriage. Besides writing the column, "Just A Minute, Please," Dr. Edwards is credited for writing, The Building, a book about the details and times surrounding the construction of the First Presbyterian Church of Enid. He wrote many poems, a book of spiritual experience called So Great Salvation, and perhaps his most endearing project came about with the help of an interested group of young boys. In Mrs. Robinson's print shop, in the basement of the Bass Building, they interviewed, wrote stories, edited and sold ads for a weekly newspaper called "The Boy Builder." A former magazine staff member, Richard Anderson, later dean at Phillips University, remembers the experience as invaluable. There was no boys' club or YMCA at the time; so the paper was a productive opportunity for any young man. After a long and faithful life of following the precepts listed in First Timothy, Dr. Edwards was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1947, and died later that same year. Dan Luther Edwards met each of God's qualifications as overseer or minister of his church. Dr. Edwards' life and accomplishments as a husband, father, minister, and friend were surely as pleasing to our Lord as they were beneficial to His flock. I hope you enjoy these daily passages. May you revel in the enrichment they bring. Jane Delight Keeling, Dr. Edwards' great granddaughter
Dan Luther Edwards was a Presbyterian minister hailing from Wales in the early 20th century and who eventually settled in Oklahoma. Just a Minute Please is a compilation of his devotionals which appeared in the newspaper columns of several local Oklahoma newspapers in the 1940's.
 
 


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