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~~~~~~~ WITandWISDOM™ - April 6, 1999
"There is no duty we so much underrated as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world." - Robert Louis Stevenson
(E-zine: FAST EDDIE'S FUNNIES http://recommend-it.com/l.z.e?s=154533)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
He was looking forward to this moment all day long, after 6 days of labor and it finally arrived - Visiting Day!! The man with the keys arrived to swing open the large, heavy doors. The cold gray hall springs to life in the warm glow of light. He could hardly control his emotions.
The families began to arrive. He peers from the corner of the room longing for the first glimpse of his loved one. He lives for the weekends. He dearly loves these visits.
As the cars arrive, he watches intently. Then, finally, she arrives, his bride, for whom he would do anything. They embrace, eat a light lunch and reminisce how things used to be. At one point, they break into singing, with interruptions of laughter and applause.
But all to soon it is over. A tear comes to his eyes as his bride departs. Then the man with the keys closes the heavy doors. He hears the key turn in the lock marking the end of a special day. There he stands, alone again. He knows that most of his visitors will not contact him again till next week. As the last car pulls away from the parking lot, Jesus retreats into loneliness as He waits until next Sunday - Visiting Day.
- Author Unknown
(E-zine: This and That Mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Children's Answers to Science Questions:
You can listen to thunder after lightening to tell how close you came to getting hit. If you don't hear it never mind.
Rainbows are just to look at, not to really understand.
South America has cold summers and hot winters, but somehow they still manage.
Many dead animals in the past changed to fossils while others preferred to be oil.
Genetics explains why you look like your father . . . and if you don't, why you should.
Vacuums are nothing. I only mention them to let them know we know they are there.
Some people can tell the time by looking at the sun, but I have never been able to make out the numbers.
We say the cause of perfume disappearing is evaporation. Evaporation gets blamed for a lot of things people forget to put the top on.
I am not sure how clouds get formed but the clouds know how to do it and that is the important thing.
(E-zine: JOKE OF THE DAY http://www.joke-of-the-day.com)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A boy came home from school one day with a note from his teacher saying she had to punish him for swearing. His father took him aside and said, "Well, son, what about it?"
The boy replied, "I have nothing to say, Dad. I deserved it. She heard me say what I said and called me into her office."
"Then what happened?"
"Well, she asked me where I had heard such language. But I didn't give you away, Dad. I blamed it on the parrot."
(E-zine: DAILY ENCOUNTER http://www.actsweb.org/encounter.htm)
Hoping I remember correctly the following story is about William Cowper, poet and hymn writer, who lived from 1731-1800 in England.
Cowper suffered fits of melancholy and frequent attacks of spiritual despair which led to two suicide attempts.
On one of these occasions during a time of deep despair and a dark night of the soul, on a foggy night he set out from his home in London with the intention of jumping into the Thames River to end his life.
He got hopelessly lost in the fog and wandered blind for some time. Eventually, lost and confused, he walked into a home to get out of the fog. And the home he walked into? It was his own.
He sat down and penned the words of the beloved hymn:
"God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm."
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head."
Source: Daily Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm via http://www.witandwisdom.org