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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 28, 2000
If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the river of greatness is always the stream of adversity. - Cavett Robert
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Ever since I first got married 16 years ago I wanted a baby. Someone that I could love and someone that would love me back unconditionally.
Fourteen years ago God gave to me that baby . Where ever I go my son goes with me. It is a joy to have him with me; even so I would love to see him do things that other children do. You see my son has no friends, he has no one to play with except for his father, his dog and me. He can't tie his shoelaces; he doesn't brush his hair or button his shirt up right. All this we do for him. My son can't even say mama. You see my son has autism. Autism is a severely handicapping disorder, which begins at birth Autistics have been described as being trapped in a world of their own.
When we are playing around and he giggles and runs off, it is such a delight. When he is playing with his dog and follows her around I get tickled. I would not have God to take my son back for anything in this world. He is the most precious gift God has given to me. I have learned that God will not give to us more than we can handle.
Sometimes when I am out with my son, I hear a parent yelling at their children "I wish you would shut up," or "Get your friends out of this house." They don't know what they are wishing for. Children are to be loved and cherished. In an instant a child's voice and mind can be taken away and they can be trapped in a world of their own.
"And now a word to you parents. Don't keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather bring them up with the loving discipline the Lord himself approves; with suggestions and Godly advise." Ephesians 6:4
May we thank Jesus that he gave us such a wonderful gifts.
By Priscilla McCullough
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
It has come to our attention that the pastor you received was shipped with a slight defect: he/she is not psychic. This defect necessitates certain special procedures to ensure optimum performance of your unit.
1. It is necessary to inform her/him of any members who are hospitalized.
2. It is necessary to inform him/her of any members who should be added to the "shut-in" list.
3. If someone you know is sick or otherwise in need of the pastor's prayers, or if you know of someone who should be included in the prayers on Sunday morning, the pastor must be told, or she/he won't know.
4. If you are in need of a pastoral visit or some other service from the pastor, you will get best results if you ask him/her.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause. If these special procedures create an undue burden, please feel free to send the unit back, and one with full psychic abilities will be shipped as soon as one becomes available.
(Susan Polizzi via E-zine: TERESA'S JOKERS Mailto:jo- firstname.lastname@example.org)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A bill collector knocked on the door of a country debtor. "Is Fred home?" he asked the woman who answered the door.
"Sorry," the woman replied. "Fred's gone for cotton."
The next day the collector tried again. "Is Fred here today?"
"No, sir," she said, "I'm afraid Fred has gone for cotton."
When he returned the third day he humphed, "I suppose Fred is gone for cotton again,?"
"No," the woman answered solemnly, "Fred died yesterday."
Suspicious that he was being avoided, the collector decided to wait a week and investigate the cemetery himself. But sure enough, there was poor Fred's tombstone, with
this inscription: ... "Gone, But Not for Cotton."
(Ken Fitch via E-zine: MONDAY FODDER Mailto:email@example.com?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder)
Fernando Espuelas of Uruguay came to NYC and founded a Latino web "portal" (whatever a portal is, I still haven't quite figured it out) called Starmedia - now listed on NASDAQ and worth $4 billion, which is "one-quarter the value of the gross national product of his native Uruguay". Just puts things in perspective. From Business Week, Nov 11, 1999, p. 196 - S. Morgan Friedman
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