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WIT & WISDOM - August 11, 1998

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. - Jonathan Kozel [1]


An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God's wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree.

Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had singed her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust" - Psalms 91:4 [2]


Talk about a big mistake? A cake decorator was asked by a bride to inscribe I John 4:18 on a wedding cake. Unfortunately, the decorator didn't know the Bible very well. So, instead of putting on the words, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear..." on the cake, the decorator wrote the words from John 4:18: "You have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband." The bride and groom did not see the cake until their reception, as they were getting ready to cut it. [3]

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

In 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey along with his consort, Queen Elizabeth. The coronation was the first radio broadcast heard around the world. [4]


[1] (INSPIRE http://www.infoadvn.com/inspire/)
[2] (Pastor Karen, Evelyn Hall, & Pam)
[3] (Sharla Moody via Bill's Punch Line tcmrtalk@airmail.net)
[4] (MakeMyDay- owner@sparklist.com)

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