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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 17, 2004
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows. - Paul Eldridge
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
It was Christmas, 1944. My sister, Betsie, had died. I was in a hospital barracks in Ravensbruck, a Nazi prison camp. Dark it was in my heart, and darkness was around me.
There were Christmas trees in the street between the barracks. Dead bodies of prisoners had been thrown under the Christmas trees. I tried to talk to the people around me about Christmas, but they mocked and sneered. At last I kept quiet.
In the middle of the night I suddenly heard a child crying and calling, "Mommy! Come to Oelie. Oelie feels so alone." I went to her and saw a child not so young, but feebleminded.
"Oelie, Mommy cannot come, but do you know who is willing to come to you? Jesus will come."
Oelie was lying on a bed next to the window, not far from lack of food, she had a sweet face and beautiful eyes. A bandage of toilet paper covered an incision from surgery on her back.
That night I told this poor child about Jesus. How He came into the world as a little baby how He came to save us from our sins.
"The Lord Jesus loves Oelie and has borne her punishment on the cross. . . . Jesus is . . . [in heaven] right now. He is getting a little house ready for Oelie." Later I asked her what she remembered of what I had told her.
"What is the little house like?" I asked.
"It is very beautiful. There are no wicked people as in Ravensbruck only good people and angels. And Oelie will see Jesus there."
The child added, "I will ask Jesus to make me brave when I have a pain. I will think of the pain that Jesus suffered to show Oelie the way to heaven." Oelie folded her hands; together we gave thanks.
Then I knew why I had to spend this Christmas in Ravensbruck.
By Corrie ten Boom
Source: These Times, Copyright (c) December 1980, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A Thinking Man's Haven
I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it.
I had amnesia once -- maybe twice.
I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart.
Photons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.
All I ask is a chance to prove money can't make me happy.
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?
They told me I was gullible.... and I believed them.
Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to edge his car onto a freeway.
Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long.
Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
What if there were no hypothetical questions?
One nice thing about egotists... they don't talk about other people.
When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail.
A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
What was the greatest thing before sliced bread?
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Our 15-year-old daughter, Melanie, had to write a report for school about World War II, specifically D-Day and the invasion of Normandy.
"Isn't there a movie about that?" she asked.
I told her there was, but I couldn't think of the name.
Then it came to her, "Oh, I remember! Isn't it something like 'Finding Private Nemo'?"
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