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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 21, 2003
"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) January 1996, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
Submitted by Dale Galusha
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One January morning when the temperature was below zero and powdered snow whirled in the wind, Mr. Abbe was driving up his ranch road. A flock of horned larks flew up from their feeding, but one bird remained, wing drooping, trying to run fast enough to escape. Mr. Abbe slammed on the brakes and with his wife's help was able to catch the bird. It appeared to have a broken wing, and they decided to see whether they could nurse it back to health.
They called the lark, a female, Larky. Mr. Abbe made a cage for Larky and put her in the field; there she fed and exercised each day. One brightly colored male from the lark flock came boldly near the cage and began to sing the sweet song for which the larks are so famous. This was incredible, since horned larks rarely if ever sing in the winter - and certainly not in the snow. The Abbes called the male Charlie.
Charlie was Larky's mate. He never left her. Every day when she was brought out to her pen, he would be there and begin his serenade. Several months elapsed before Larky was strong enough to begin exercising her wings. But Charlie was always there. He showed little fear of the Abbes, approaching them to within four feet. His only concern seemed to be for Larky.
The day finally came when Larky could be released. She made a short flight, and do you know where she flew? She went to Charlie, who hopped over her and all around her in his best lark greeting. That pair of larks stayed and eventually built a nest and raised a flock of their own.
This story is told by the eminent poet George Abbe.
Source: Glimpses of God's Love by James A. Tucker and Priscilla Tucker, Copyright (c) 1983 by Review and Herald Publishing Association, http://isbn.nu/0767904249
Submitted by Nancy Simpson
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
BULLETIN: Your receipt for attending services.
CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip-sync.
HYMN: A song of praise, usually sung in a key three octaves higher than that of the congregation's range.
RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song of the service, often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.
JESUITS: An order of priests known especially for their ability to found colleges with good basketball teams.
JONAH: The original "Jaws" story.
JUSTICE: When kids have kids of their own.
MAGI: The most famous trio to attend a baby shower.
MANGER: 1. Where Mary gave birth to Jesus because Joseph wasn't covered by an HMO; 2. The Bible's way of showing us that holiday travel has always been rough.
PEW: A medieval torture device still found in most church buildings.
PROCESSIONAL: The ceremonial formation at the beginning of service consisting of parishioners looking for seats.
RECESSIONAL: The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of services led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the favorite eating place.
RELICS: People who have been going to services for so long, they actually know when & how to do everything.
TEN COMMANDMENTS: The most important Top Ten list not given by David Letterman.
USHERS: The only people in the parish who don't know the seating capacity of a pew.
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
During a readiness exercise, my friend Jim and I, Air Force security policemen, were guarding entry to a bunker-like structure where aircrafts were kept.
When a pilot about to do a preflight check approached without his identification in plain view, Jim asked him for it.
"I don't see why I have to show you my ID," the pilot snapped. "After all, it is my plane."
"Sir, with all due respect, it may be your plane," replied Jim, "but it's sitting in my garage!"
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