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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 8, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. - M. Scott Peck, Psychiatrist and writer

Source: DailyInBox: Bits & Pieces, http://your.dailyinbox.com/bp/


Several centuries ago in a mountain village in Europe, a wealthy nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. He made a good decision. He decided to build them a church.

No one was permitted to see the plans or the inside of the church until it was finished. At its grand opening, the people gathered and marveled at the beauty of the new church. Everything had been thought of and included. It was a masterpiece.

But then someone said, "Wait a minute! Where are the lamps? It is really quite dark in here. How will the church be lighted?" The nobleman pointed to some brackets in the walls, and then he gave each family a lamp, which they were to bring with them each time they came to worship.

"Each time you are here'" the nobleman said, "the place where you are seated will be lighted. Each time you are not here, that place will be dark. This is to remind you that whenever you fail to come to church, some part of God's house will be dark"

That's a poignant story, isn't it? And it makes a very significant point about the importance of our commitment and loyalty to the church. The poet Edward Everett Hale put it like this:

I am only one,
but still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

What if every member of your church supported the church just as you do? What kind of church would you have? What if every single member served the church, attended the church, loved the church, shared the church, and gave to the church exactly as you do? What kind of church would you be?

From: How Will the Church Be Lighted?, David Langerfeld, Sep 2, 2004

Source: By James W. Moore, Some things Are Too Good Not To Be True, Dimensions: Nashville, 1994. pp. 117-118. http://isbn.nu/0687002370

Submitted by R P Cly

NOTE: The “Dr. Papaderos” story In WITandWISDOM(tm) on 9-3-04 was written by Robert Fulghum

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Through Children’s Eyes . . .

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A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah".

The teacher asked, " What if Jonah went to hell?"

The little girl replied, "Then you ask him".

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The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:

"Take only ONE. God is watching."

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples.

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A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.

After explaining the commandment to "honor" thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"

Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, "Thou shall not kill."

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One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.

She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"

Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

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The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.

"Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'

A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher, She's dead. "

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A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.."

"Yes," the class said.

"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?"

A little fellow shouted,

"Cause your feet ain't empty."

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A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.

As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."

The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."

Submitted by Orvie Jensen


I'm sitting here reading this stuff
Contemplating my navel. The fluff
It's collected today
I will vacuum away
If my Hoover is powerful enough.

Source: Judy's Jokes for Sunday, mailto:JJs4Sunday-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Children in Crisis
Prepared by Jeff Anderson
Director, ACTION, Philippines)

1) There are 160 million street children in the world. If you counted 1 per second, it would take you 5.07 years to count every one of the street children. This is figured at 31,536,000 seconds per year. – Doug Nichols

2) Over half a billion children are struggling to survive on under $1 per day. (Poverty Reduction Begins with Children, UNICEF, 2000)

3) 250,000 children and young people are infected with HIV/AIDS every month.
(State of the World's Children UNICEF, 2000)

4) It is estimated that 25 million children will have lost one or both parents to AIDS by 2010. (Children on the Brink 2002; UNICEF)

5) 130 million children lack access to education. (State of the World's Children, UNICEF, 1999)

6) 246 million children are child laborers. (Facts on Child Labour, International Labour Organization, 2003)

7) 8.4 million children are trapped in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage, prostitution, pornography and other illicit activities. (ACTION)

8) 300,000 young people under 18 are exploited as child soldiers. (UN Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, 2003)

9) 30,000 children die each day from preventable diseases.

Doug Nichols, Action International Ministries, mailto:D_Nichols@earthlink.net

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