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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 7, 2000
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry Brooks Adams
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Charles Wesley had taken refuge from a mob in a spring-house when he wrote a special hymn . He, with his brother, John Wesley, and Richard Pilmore, were holding one of their evening meetings on the common, when a mob attacked them, and they were compelled to flee for their lives. They at last found a season of shelter from the stones with which they were severely pelted, behind a hedge. After lying there for some time, the darkness deepened upon them, and they found their way to a deserted spring-house, where they struck a light with a flint-stone, washed their faces in the clear, cold water, brushed the dirt from their clothes, and felt at least a moment's security from the missiles which had pelted them. Charles Wesley had with him a piece of lead hammered out into a pencil, which he pulled from his pocket, and with his soul fired with the terror of the hour and turned toward Jesus, he composed the world-renowned hymn:
"Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly;
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high!"
That the flight from the mob and the cooling waters of the spring helped him to form this hymn, no one could doubt. "Let the healing streams abound," and the last stanza:
"Thou of life the fountain art,
Freely let me take of thee;
Spring thou up within my heart,
Rise to all eternity,"
. . . how wondrously the writer, that night of flight from a mob to a protecting shelter, penned the words which have helped thousands to fly to the bosom of Jesus.
- Selected, Signs of the Times, December 18, 1884.
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Submitted by: Dale Galusha
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A man walked in to Joe's Barber Shop for his regular haircut.
As he snips away, Joe asks What's up?"
The man proceeds to explain he's taking a vacation to Rome.
"ROME?!" Joe says, "Why would you want to go there? It's a crowded dirty city full of Italians! You'd be crazy to go to Rome!
So how Ya getting there?"
"We're taking TWA," the man replies.
"TWA?!" yells Joe. "They're a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly and they're always late!
So where you staying in Rome?"
The man says "We'll be at the downtown International Marriot."
"That DUMP?!" says Joe. "That's the worst hotel in the city! The rooms are small, the service is surly and slow and they're overpriced!
So whatcha doing when you get there?"
The man says "We're going to go see the Vatican and hope to see the Pope."
"HA! That's rich!" laughs Joe. "You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on THIS trip. You're going to need it!"
A month later, the man comes in for his regular haircut.
Joe says, "Well, how did that trip to Rome turn out? Betcha TWA gave you the worst flight of your life!"
"No, quite the opposite" explained the man. "Not only were we on time in one of their brand new planes, but it was full and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a beautiful 28 year old flight attendant who waited on me hand and foot!"
"Well, I bet the hotel was just like I described."
"No, quite the opposite! They'd just finished a $25 million remodeling. It's the finest hotel in Rome, now. They were over booked, so they apologized and gave us the Presidential suite for no extra charge!"
"Well," Joe mumbles, "I KNOW you didn't get to see the Pope!"
"Actually, we were quite lucky. As we toured the Vatican, a Swiss guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained the Pope likes to personally meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into this private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, after 5 minutes the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand. I knelt down as he spoke a few words to me." Impressed, Joe asks, "Tell me, please! What'd he say?" "Oh, not much really.
Just "Where'd you get that awful haircut?"
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
One evening I arrived at campus and found the parking lot full. While searching for a space, I spied my daughter - a student at the same school - walking to her car after her last class of the day. Tailing her was a driver intent on getting the spot she would be vacating. Desperate to get to class on time, I stopped my car, jumped out and ran over to my child. I traded keys with her and told her to drive my car home, explaining that I would bring hers home after my class.
As I dashed past the other driver on the way to class, she gave me a look of open-mouthed astonishment.
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