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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 15, 2006
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. - Mahatma Gandhi

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php


United Methodist pastor Donald Shelby, in a book entitled Bold Expectations of the Gospel, tells a story from the days when East Germany lived under an oppressive regime. A young man deeply involved in the life of a church community was seized by the Communist authorities, and never returned.

Sometime later, another young man, well known as a hardened leader in the Communist-organized youth movement, began attending youth meetings and worship services at the same church. The congregation’s suspicions were aroused, and the pastor took the fellow aside and asked why he was coming.

The young man replied by asking, “You know the fellow from your church who was seized and taken away?”

“Of course,” responded the pastor. “I knew him well, but we have not heard from him since.”

“Well,” said the visitor, “I saw him when he was being harassed and tortured. Not only did he refuse to betray his friends, but through it all he never showed any bitterness toward his tormentors. Even in the hour of death, there was no anger towards those who were about to kill him. Instead, he spoke of Jesus Christ, forgiveness, and God’s love.” The young man concluded, “And when I saw him die, I knew I must come, in spite of what it will cost me, to learn of his Christ and the love for our enemies that strengthened him in his last hours.”

Donald Shelby, Bold Expectations of the Gospel, quoted by Joel D. Kline, Who ’s Holding on to Whom?

Source: Illustrations, http://www.cybersaltlists.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Qualities Needed In All Moms

A panel of experts was asked to complete some sentences about their moms. What made them experts was the one thing they all had in common. They were all kindergarteners. Even though these are the words of 6 year olds I think the qualities they recognized in their moms are they qualities needed in all moms. Here are the sentences and the answers:

My mom is best at: "feeding the dog," "making my bed," "driving," "cleaning," "running," "riding a two-wheeler," "watering the garden."

If I had enough money, I'd buy her: "flowers," "a car," "a necklace," "a brand-new fan," "a kitten," "a diamond ring," "a big pack of bubble gum."

It makes me feel good inside when Mom says: "I love you," "good job," "dinnertime!" "You look handsome," "I'll buy you something."

My mom is as pretty as a -- "butterfly," "ballerina," "mouse," "princess," "my brothers," "goose," "gold ring," "a clean horse."

By the way, one of the most memorable comments from the children on Father's Day was: Daddy gets tired out from: "chasing mommy."

Source: Illustrations, http://www.cybersaltlists.org


We were dining at the home of a friend one evening when the hostess passed a bowl of broccoli to my husband. "No, thanks," he said. "I've already had some." He quickly added, "I think I was eight or nine at the time."

Submitted by Lulu

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

It is good to remember your Mom on Mother's Day... she deserves it... BUT...on YOUR birthday, why not send a 'thank you' card or flowers to your Mom... for giving you life... She will never forget the gesture!

Submitted by B. B.

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