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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 2, 2005
"We are supposed to forgive everyone; everyone includes ourselves." -- Denis Waitley
Source: DailyInBox From the Masters, http://dailyinbox.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A story comes down to us from American Revolutionary days. Peter Miller heard that an acquaintance named Widman had been sentenced to die as a traitor. Through mud and slush and storm he hastened on foot to the headquarters of General Washington and pleaded for the life of the condemned man.
The commander in chief listened courteously, then replied, “I would like to release Widman, because he is your friend; but I dare not, even for that consideration.”
“My friend!” exclaimed Miller; “Why, he is my worst enemy, and therefore I want to save him.”
“What?” replied Washington, “and you have walked sixty miles in this weather to save the life of your enemy? That in my judgment puts the matter in a different light; I will grant you his pardon.”
The reprieve was issued, and Miller immediately started to walk fifteen miles farther to the place of execution: arriving there just as the man was being led to the scaffold.
Seeing Miller in the crowd, the traitor remarked, “There is old Peter Miller. He has walked all the way from Ephrata to have his revenge gratified today by seeing me hanged.”
But, no; hardly were the words spoken before the pardon was placed in the hands of the captain, and Widman’s life was spared.
This extraordinary incident reveals marvelous benevolence and forgiveness; yet how infinitely greater was the love that sent Jesus forth from the realm of glory to die for His enemies on a Roman cross! “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7, 8
By Roy F. Cottrell
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) October 1956, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
So a 2-letter word has a hundred completely different meanings. So what is this stuff about English being easy?
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meaning than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP." It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we waken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends and we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
Now this UP is really confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk size dictionary, the word up, takes UP almost 1/4th the page and definitions add UP to about thirty.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it doesn't rain for a while, things dry UP.
One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so.... I'll give UP and shut UP.....!
Yours Truly [Adapted]
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Our three-year-old daughter, Jenna, was having trouble sleeping through the night, waking up because she was afraid. Each time as I re-tucked her into bed, I would remind her that Jesus was with her and he would keep her safe.
The sleepless nights continued, with Abby seeking comfort in our bedroom. Finally, one night, I asked her if she had prayed for Jesus to take her fear away and help her fall asleep.
"Oh, yes," she assured me. "He told me to come and get you!"
Source: Clean Hewmor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Researchers Unveil 'Marathon Mice'
San Francisco — Researchers on Monday unveiled genetically engineered mice that can run farther and longer than their naturally bred brethren, bringing the "genetic doping" of elite athletes a small step closer.
The creation of the so-called marathon mice, announced Monday, follows earlier work that created "Schwarzenegger mice," rodents that bulked up after being injected with muscle-building genes.
The gene engineered in these mice essentially mimics exercise: Researchers say it conferred endurance and prevented the modified mice from becoming obese — even when they were kept inactive and fed a high-fat diet.
From: The Associated Press
Source: Peninsula Daily News, August 24, 2004, http://peninsuladailynews.com