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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 7, 2003
The love we give away is the only love we keep. - Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
Source: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Desmond Doss, a medic during World War II, fearlessly performed many rescue operations in the Pacific theater. His most amazing exploit involved the rescue of seventy-five soldiers, lowering them over a steep cliff to safety while enemy bullets flew around him, sometimes coming so close he could feel them streaking by.
President Truman decorated Desmond Doss with the Congressional Medal of Honor on the White House lawn for his unwavering valor in the face of extreme danger. But Doss would not have been around to rescue those seventy-five soldiers had he not been rescued himself several years before the war.
Desmond and his young nephew Gary were playing on a beach along the Atlantic coast. Gary's new beach ball somehow got away from him and began drifting out to sea. Though not a very good swimmer, Desmond could not refuse his little nephews appeal for him to go out and retrieve the ball. Desmond swam through the shallow water for a few hundred feet before he realized that the widening distance between himself and the ball was due to a strongly ebbing tide.
A feeling of desperation washed over him. He knew it would be impossible to swim against the tide back to shore. If only he could catch up with the ball, then he could hold on to it as a kind of life preserver, but it was getting farther from him each moment. But Desmond was used to praying, so he offered up this simple plea: "Lord, help me!"
Desmond looked about. He could hardly be seen now from the receding shore, and the ball was now drifting from his sight. But then something else came into view - a small motorized fishing boat. The two men in the boat appeared to be pulling in fishing nets and preparing to go farther out in the ocean. Desmond prayed that they would notice him. He called out but realized that the boats engine drowned out his voice.
Then the fishermen spotted the big beach ball coming their way. One of them bent over the side of the boat and retrieved the ball. Peering around, they also spotted Desmond and immediately came to his rescue. One of the men reached over the side of the boat and said, "Let me help you in."
Soon the boat drew close to shore. The other fisherman asked, "Can you make it from here?" The water was shallow, so, thanking the men, Desmond stepped out and waded ashore with his nephew's beach ball. On the beach he turned to wave at his rescuers, but there were no men, no boat, not even the wake of the boats path through the sea.
Source: Angels Among Us : A Collection of Inspiring True Angel Stories (Paperback, 2000)
Author: Brian Jones, E. Lonnie Melashenko, http://isbn.nu/0816317925
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?" I asked the children in my Sunday School class.
"NO!" the children all answered.
"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?"
Again, the answer was, "NO!"
"Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children, and loved my wife, would that get me into Heaven?" I asked them again.
Again, they all answered, "NO!"
"Well," I continued, "then how can I get into Heaven?"
A five-year-old boy shouted out, "You Gotta Be Dead!"
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
You know how most packages say "Open Here."
Does that make you wonder if there are packages that say "Open Somewhere Else?"
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Where in the world am I least likely to experience an earthquake?
Antarctica has the least earthquakes of any continent. Most people don't really like the ice and wind, though. There is no place on Earth COMPLETELY safe from earthquakes. Small earthquakes can occur anywhere in the world. In the United States, you're safest in Florida and North Dakota, which have the smallest number of earthquakes. Alaska and California have the most. The most DAMAGING ones in the US have been in California.
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