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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 14, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Don't worry when things go wrong. It may be start of a miracle.

By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2000, www.neileskelin.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org


A young boy in Sunday School had been listening for an hour to his teacher, as he told of the life of Christ, and of His love and power. The well-prepared teacher closed dramatically with what we have come to know as The Great Commission: "Go into all the world and tell the story." The little boy, deeply touched, looked up with tears in his eyes and asked,

"Did anyone ever go?"

Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2000 Swan Lake Communications, www.swanlake.twoffice.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

From the OmniRead Treasuries -- TIREDNESS

After a strenuous week in training at the military camp, the new recruits were roused at 5 A.M. and marched 20 Km with full kit to church. Most of them were quite unfamiliar with a church service; when the chaplain began by saying, "Number 265 'Are You Weary, Are You Heavy Laden?'" A young soldier in the front row dragged himself to his feet and answered, "You can bet your life I am as a matter of fact, I feel completely pooped, and I'll tell you something else, Rev., since I've been in the army, you're the first person who's had the common decency to even inquire how I was getting on." - Author unknown


In South India, heavy monsoon rains had caused widespread flooding and an epidemic of disease. Stranded in a rural area without his instruments, a mission doctor, who had had almost no sleep for a week, was brought yet another case of suspected pneumonia. "Begin counting," directed the doctor as he leaned over to hear the patient's respiration. The doctor was so fatigued that he fell asleep with his head on the sick man's chest. It seemed but a moment when he awoke suddenly to hear the patient still counting feebly, "437, 438 " - Author unknown


Fatigue can produce extreme gentleness and quiet of mind and even something like a vision. - C S Lewis

Source: Peter's Pearls, www.peterspearls.com.au via http://www.witandwisdom.org


One neighborhood was celebrating the 100th birthday of their eldest citizen. Among other events, he was being interviewed on television. The young reporter said, "You look pretty healthy. Are you able to get around and walk very much these days?"

"Why, certainly," said the old man with a grin. "I can walk a lot better today than I could a hundred years ago."

Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2000 Swan Lake Communications, www.swanlake.twoffice.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

What was the highest skydive in history?

On August 16, 1960, a US Air Force balloonist named Joseph Kittinger ascended in an open-gondola balloon to a record-setting altitude of 102,800 feet (31,300 meters). Wearing a pressure suit and a parachute, he stepped out of the balloon into very thin air.

Kittinger free-fell for four minutes and 37 seconds. With almost no air resistance at that altitude, his vertical speed reached almost 1000 kilometers per hour (600 mph) -- about the same speed as a jet airliner, only going straight down.

Eight minutes after his chute opened, he landed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, having set records for highest open-gondola balloon flight, longest free-fall, fastest free-fall, and longest parachute descent.

The story as reported in Life Magazine, August 29, 1960:

Math analysis of the dive (scroll down to Life magazine picture):

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