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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 19, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever." - Chinese proverb

Source: Quotes of the Day, mailto:rheamo@centurytel.net?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day


After the first fierce day of the battle of Fredericksburg, in Virginia, hundreds of Union soldiers lay wounded and bleeding. All through the night and most of the next day, artillery fire prevented their relief. Yet all that time their agonized cries went up, "Water! Water!" At last, however, a noble Southern soldier, a sergeant, Richard Kirkland, rose above his love of life, and hastening to General Kershaw said, "General, I can't stand this any longer! Those poor souls out there have been praying and crying all night and all day, and it's more than I can bear! I ask your permission to go and give them water."

"But do you know," said the general, "that as soon as you show yourself to the enemy you will be shot?"

"Yes, sire, I know it," he answered, "but to carry a little comfort to those poor dying men, I'm willing to run the risk!"

The general hesitated, but finally said, as his heart was touched with sympathy over the suffering soldiers, "Kirkland, it's sending you to your death, but I cannot oppose such a motive as yours. For the sake of it I hope God will protect you. Go."

So the brave soldier, furnished with a supply of water, stepped over the stone rampart and began his work of Christ-like mercy. Wondering eyes beheld him as he knelt by the nearest sufferer, tenderly raised his head, and held the refreshing cup to his parched lips. Every soldier in the Union line understood the tender mission of the man in gray, and not a shot was fired. For over an hour one after another of the wounded and dying was given refreshing drink, had his cramped or mangled limbs straightened, his head cushioned on his knapsack, and was covered with his coat or blanket as tenderly as though by his own mother.

So also is it on life's great battlefield, where souls are wounded and dying from the fearful effects of sin. They are thirsty for the water of life, with none to reach out to them the refreshing draft they so crave, except the One who stepped over the ramparts of heaven and came down to risk His all on the cross of Calvary to rescue them from their sins by giving to them the water of everlasting life.

By John W. Halliday

Source: Our Times, Copyright (c) March 1948, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

Submitted by Dale Galusha

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Submitted by Debbie Yauch


My youngest daughter, Leah, and my son, Jason, were engaged one day in, shall we say, an unmoving conversation. The topic? The meaning of the word love. After listening to Jason's explanation, little Leah told her older brother straight out, "You have no constipation of love."

Jason insisted, "I do, too, understand love, and it has nothing at all to do with constipation. Are you sure you don't mean conception!"

"No," Leah firmly replied, "I mean constipation. It means to understand something. If you don't believe me, you can look it up in the dichotomy."

Source: See With New Eyes, By Ty Gibson, Copy (c) 2000, ISBN 0816317860 http://isbn.nu/0816317860

Submitted by Nancy Simpson

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

What is one of the reasons retail prices often end with 99 cents?

When publisher Melvin Stone first started the Chicago Daily News in 1875, the price was a penny. Circulation rose rapidly at first, then started lagging. The problem had nothing to do with its quality but that pennies were in short supply. Stone brought about the transfer of barrels of pennies to Chicago. To get them into circulation, he convinced merchants to sponsor "odd-price sales," during which they would sell their merchandise for a penny under the regular price. Soon people had pennies again, and Stone's paper flourished. The trend continues today with store items costing "$8.99" or "$12.99" instead of even dollar amounts.

Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com

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