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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 11, 2005
Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded. - Jess Lair
Source: DailyInBox Presents, http://dailyinbox.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In February, Wallace Powell spotted two horses hemmed in by snowdrifts on a 12,800-foot ridge in the Colorado Rockies, far above timber line. Flying back to his Gunnison base, he told his boss, Mr. Warren. They informed the mayor, who decided to feed the stranded horses.
"If you fly them the hay, I'll pay for it myself," he said.
When Warren dropped the bale, only one horse was left, and it was in a pitiful condition. Warren and Powell took turns making two trips a week. Sometimes wind and weather were so bad it was difficult to drop the hay close, but often they could fly just twenty feet above the ground. The horse, hearing the motors, was waiting. They called him Elijah since he was fed from the sky like the prophet.
In April a news reporter featured the horse in the Denver Post, starting a fund called "Hay for Elijah." The response was terrific. Even airline pilots flew over the ridge to point out the horse to their passengers. Once, while flying a TV crew over the site, Warren saw a pack of wolves stalking Elijah. They hurried back to Gunnison for a shotgun, and chased the wolves away.
Bill and Al Turner, who had lost two pack horses in November on a trip into those mountains, thought it might be "Bugs" who had disappeared. Using snowshoes they made the seven-mile climb to Elijah's windswept ridge. They called; he came. Yes, he was their lost horse. It was still impossible to take him across the snowdrifts, and seeing he was in good shape, they left him. Returning later when more snow had melted, they cut through twenty-foot drifts to get him through to the road.
When Elijah's trailer rolled into the town of Buena Vista, more than a thousand people watched the parade of floats and the high school band that welcomed him.
Such rejoicing over a rescued, lost horse reminds us of the joy in heaven when a sinner returns to God. You can know this greatest of all joys when you introduce a friend to Jesus or lead one who has lost his love for God back to real happiness in Jesus.
Source: Stop, Look and Listen by Eileen E. and Jay H. Lantry, Copyright(c)1976 by Review and Herald Publishing Association, LCCN 75-32229
Submitted by Mary Thayne
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
You Might be a Montanan if ....
Jeff Foxworthy on Montana.
If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Montana.
If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Cut Bank is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Montana.
If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March, you might live in Montana.
If you instinctively walk like a penguin for five months out of the year, you might live in Montana.
If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead, you might live in Montana.
If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Montana.
If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Montana.
You Know You Are A True Montanan When:
You measure distance in hours.
You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.
You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.
You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.
Down South to you means Wyoming or Nebraska.
Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole shed.
Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.
You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."
You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Montana. friends. Sad.... but true!!! On the other hand, isn't it beautiful to be a Montanan!!!
Submitted by Dave Parker
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Two friends were beginning a game of golf. The first man stepped up to the tee, hit the ball, and scored a hole-in-one.
The other man said, "Now I'll take MY practice swing, and then we'll start the game."
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Try it........ you'll like it!
Don't look at a real penny! This is harder than you think.
Can you pick the real penny?
Take a look, and see if you can choose the right penny. NO cheating; do not look at a real penny first - I know you've seen a real one.
Click on the line below to take the test.
Submitted by Gary