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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 12, 2002
God created the world out of nothing. As long as you are not yet nothing, God cannot make something out of you. - Martin Luther
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
IS THAT YOU GOD?
I have two sons who are now grown. When they were little, every night I would hold them and rock them in my favorite rocking chair, tuck them into bed, and say their prayers with them. And then I would say positive affirmations to them such as, "I am so glad that God sent you to be a part of our family," "I am so proud of you," "I love you devotedly," "You are very important to me," and so on.
I would often whisper these positive affirmations in their ear while they were sleeping. I didn't know if this ever had any influence on them or did any good, but I knew it wouldn't hurt them.
I love to tell how, early one morning about 5 a.m., I slipped quietly into my youngest son's bedroom through his open door. I was certain he was asleep--as he looked like an angel--so I leaned over and whispered in his ear, "O beloved of the Lord." As quick as a flash he spun his head around and, looking upward, said, "Is that you God!?"
I was totally taken aback, but when I regained my composure, I whispered again in his ear, "No, it's not God, but he sent me to tell you that."
On another occasion this same son was very upset with me and blurted out, "Why did you have me anyhow?"
And as quick as a flash I replied, "Because you are a part of God's eternal plan."
And he is. And so are you. And so am I. And that's why we are here on earth.
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2002, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Computer Error Messages . . .
You Wouldn't Want to See
Part 1 of 2 [Nov 12, 13]
Error #13: Illegal brain function. Process terminated.
Error #65: Database on vacation - call travel agent?
Error #96: Database corrupt - contact Crime Control?
REALITY.DAT not found. Attempting to restore Universe......
REALITY.SYS Corrupted Unable to recover Universe....
Press Esc key to reboot Universe, or any other key to continue...
USER ERROR: replace user and press any key to continue.
Volume in Drive C: TOO_LOUD!
Compression failed - E)at chocolate cake?
Process failed - A)bort, R)etry, or F)ind another job?
Press [ESC] to detonate or any other key to explode.
Virus detected! P)our chicken soup on motherboard?
BREAKFAST.COM halted... cereal port not responding!
Not Ready Reading Drive A:...File Not Saved...
Press [CTRL] [ALT] [DEL] to continue...
A)bort, R)etry or S)elfdestruct?
A)bort, R)etry, I)gnore, V)alium?
A)bort, R)etry, I)nfluence with large hammer?
A)bort, R)etry, P)lead in vain?
Source: Nybble Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Busily checking in luggage for the large airline where I work, I asked every traveler, "Is this your suitcase?" before proceeding.
At the peak of the afternoon rush, one man hesitated after my inquiry and replied, "No, it's my brother-in-law's -- but he said I could use it."
Contributed to Reader's Digest "All In a Day's Work" by Steve Schumacher
Source: DailyInBox: Reader's Digest CyberSmiles, http://dailyinbox.com/rd/
Barna Research Group phoned 3,764 randomly selected Protestant congregations to test their availability. They were unable to establish contact with anyone at 40 percent of them, despite repeated attempts. Nearly half of those churches lacked an answering machine. In other cases, voice messages were unanswered. - By Danny Von Kanel
Excerpted from Rev. magazine, http://www.revmagazine.com/
Source: Pulse Newsletter, http://www.preachingplus.com/newsletter/default.asp