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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 13, 1999
"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A prominent minister in Canada relates the following remarkable instance of God's miraculous care over His people:
I am frequently impressed by the Spirit to perform actions at the time unaccountable to myself. These impressions are so vivid that I dare not disobey them.
Some time ago, on a stormy night, I was suddenly impressed to go to the distant house of an aged couple, and there to pray. So imperative was the call that I harnessed the horse and drove to the spot, fastened the horse under the shed, and entered the house unperceived, by a door which had been left open. There, kneeling down, I poured out my petition to God in an audible voice, for the divine protection over the occupants: after which I departed and went home.
Months after, I was visiting some of the principal prisons in Canada, and moving among the prisoners, was taken aside by one of them, who claimed to know me. I had no recollection of the convict, and was fairly startled when the latter said: "Do you remember going to such a house one night, and offering prayer in the dark for the occupants?" I told him I did, and asked how he came to know anything about it. He said: " I had gone to that house to steal a sum of money known to be in the possession of the old man. When you drove into the yard, I thought you were he, and intended to kill you while you were hitching your horse. I saw, when you spoke to the horse, you were a stranger. I followed you into the house, and heard your prayer. You prayed God to protect the old people from violence of any kink, especially from murder; and if there was any hand uplifted to strike them, that it might be paralyzed." Then the prisoner pointed to his right arm, which hung lifeless by his side, saying, "Do you see that arm? It was paralyzed on the spot, and I have never moved it since. I left the place without doing any harm, but am here now for later offenses." - OUR DAY IN THE LIGHT OF PROVIDENCE, (c)1921
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me, I'm glad we've bought a turkey and a proper Christmas tree.
On the second day of Christmas much laughter could be heard as we tucked into our turkey - a most delicious bird.
On the third day of Christmas we'd friends in from next door, the turkey tasted just as good as on the day before.
On the fourth day of Christmas Gran came, she's rather old. We finished up the Christmas pud and ate the turkey cold.
On the fifth day of Christmas outside the snowflakes flurried but we were nice and warm inside - we ate the turkey - curried.
On the sixth day of Christmas the turkey spirit died. The children fought and bickered and we ate the turkey - fried.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave a wince when he sat down to dinner and was given turkey mince.
On the eighth day of Christmas the dog ran off for shelter, I served up turkey pancakes and a glass of Alka Seltzer.
On the ninth day of Christmas poor dad began to cry, he said he couldn't stand the strain of eating turkey pie.
On the tenth day of Christmas the air was rather blue and everybody grumbled at eating turkey stew.
On the eleventh day of Christmas the Christmas tree was molting, mince pies as hard as rock and the turkey quite revolting.
On the twelfth day of Christmas at last dad smacked his lips, the guests had gone the turkey too - we dined on fish and chips!
- Author Unknown
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The voice-dictation program a physician friend of mine purchased for his computer often misinterpreted words. Once, my friend dictated, "Recommend CAT scan if symptoms persist." The program typed out, "Recommend casket if symptoms persist."
- By Jason Surow, Reader's Digest, November 1999
(Magazine: Reader's Digest http:www.readersdigest.com )
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