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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 4, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. - Marian Evans (George Eliot) - Mr Gilfil's Love-Story

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"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ . . . For every man shall bear his own burden." - Paul (Galatians 6:2,5)

There are two words for the word "burden" in this scripture. The first means a burden that is too heavy for any one person to be able to carry alone. The second means a "burden" such as a knapsack -- one that is not too heavy for anyone to carry.

In other words, when a fellow Christian is under a burden that is impossible for him or her to bear alone, we are to help . On the other hand, if we carry someone's knapsack for them when they are quite capable of carrying it themselves, we aren't helping them if we carry it for them, but keeping them over dependent and allowing them to use us. In this case neither one of us is being helped. (This is co-dependency).

"Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please give me the wisdom to know when my own burden is too heavy to carry alone and the willingness to ask for help (and help me to find the help I need). And when a friend's burden is too great for him/her to bear alone, help me to see this and be willing to help with their load besides just praying for this person, or expressing to them some empty, meaningless cliché. Gratefully in Jesus' name. Amen."

Source: Daily Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

By Marilyn Walker

A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the fancy sheets
and towels on the line;
You'd see the comp'ny tableclothes
With intricate design.

The line announced a baby's birth
To folks who lived inside
As brand new infant clothes were hung
So carefully with pride.
The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You'd know how much they'd grown.

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy gray,
As neighbors raised their brows, and looked
Disgustedly away.

But clotheslines now are of the past
For dryeres make work less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!

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If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day weekend. - Doug Lars

Source: Clean Hewmor, clean-hewmor-subscribe@welovegod.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


In what countries do the sheep outnumber the people? Whoever has stayed awake long enough to count the world's sheep estimates that there are in the neighborhood of around 1,200,000,000 in the world, which works out to an average of around one sheep for every four people. However, in certain countries the ratio is definitely in favor of the sheep. Nowhere is this more so than in the Falkland Islands, where a population of under 2,000 people watches over 700,000 sheep, a ratio of 350 sheep to every one person. In New Zealand, there are approximately 20 sheep per human, and in Australia, around ten. Lower down the list, Iceland boasts a ratio of three sheep per person and even Ireland has 1.7 wooly-heads for every human specimen.

Source: ArcaMax Trivia, www.arcamax.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

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