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WIT and WISDOM - February 11, 1999

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever."

Source: DAILY BITS http://www.DailyBits.com


- Author Unknown

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried.
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait!"

"'Wait?', you say, wait!" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By FAITH I have asked, and am claiming your Word.

"My future and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to WAIT?
I'm needing a 'yes,' a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.

"And Lord, you promised that if we believe
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!"

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, "You must wait."
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting. . .for what?"

He seemed then to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
And he tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.

All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want--but, you wouldn't know ME.
"You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint;
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint;

You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;
You'd not know the joy of resting in me
When darkness and silence were all you could see.

"You'd never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of my Spirit descends like a dove;
You'd know that I give and I save. . .(for a start),
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of my heart.

"The glow of my comfort late into the night.
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have LAST.

"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that 'My grace is sufficient for thee.'
Yes, your dreams for your loved ones overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss! if I lost what I'm doing in you!

"So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
And though oft may my answers seem terribly late,
My wisest of answers is still but to WAIT."

Submitted by Walt Groff

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Many years ago I composed a Handy-Dandy Pronouncing Alphabet for use when spelling out words or names, particularly on the telephone. For the benefit of newcomers, the list is reprinted below.

A as in aisle
B as in bdellium
C as in chthonic
D as in Dneiper
E as in Eire
F as in fjord
G as in gnu
H as in heir
I as in Iapetuses
J as in Jivaro
K as in Knight
L as in llama
M as in Mnomic
O as in Oedipus
P as in ptarmigan
Q as in qintar
R as in Rwanda
S as in Sri Lanka
T as in tmesis
U as in ubermensch
V as in volkslied
W as in Weimar
X as in Xerxes
Y as in ytterbium
Z as in Zug
- Author Unknown
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I dreamt death came the other night
And heaven's gate swung wide;
With kindly grace an angel came
To usher me inside.

Yet there to my astonishment
Stood folks I'd known on earth,
Some I had judged as quite unfit
Or of but little worth.

Indignant words rose to my lips
But never were set free;
For every face showed stunned surprise
NO ONE expected me!

- Author Unknown

Submitted by Walt Groff

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

The 10 most common last names in the United States are, in order: Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, Jones, Miller, Davis, Wilson, Anderson, and Taylor. The most uncommon name? Zzyzzx. Hero Zzyzzx lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Source: DAILY BITS http://www.DailyBits.com

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