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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 21, 2006
It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape. - Thomas Jefferson
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
When I was a sophomore in college, I fell head over heels in love with a young lady who didn't return my affections. I was loath to take the hints she dropped until, finally, she began to shower attention upon a young man I felt unworthy of her. My pride and jealousy surfaced then and destroyed the relationship. I was crushed.
Many young people know this experience...and most bounce back quickly from it. But not me. The rejection left an ache in my heart, shattering my confidence.
Later I taught school in the Midwest. One day a colleague confronted me. "It seems like you turn away when anyone tries to be your friend. Why? I care for you, but when I reach out, you back off."
Well, I was startled and perplexed. But after some reflection it became clear to me: I had been using that early rejection as a shield against others because I hadn't found it in my heart to forgive that young lady. Then a healing began. I knew that the rejection was not
the problem— it was the way in which I had reacted to it. Our Savior asked forgiveness for those taking His very life. On a far lesser scale, why couldn't I do the same?
Do you still harbor feelings of regret and distrust over something that happened back in your past? Or maybe it's as recent as yesterday— or this morning? Then let's pray right now: Lord, when loving fails, help me to forgive and then trust Your healing love.
By Oscar Greene
Source: Daily Guideposts 1986, © Copyright by Guideposts Associates, Inc.
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
I was buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my Golden Retriever at Wal-Mart and was about to check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog?
On impulse, I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Diet again. Although I probably shouldn't, because I'd ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry and that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story.)
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no; I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's bottom and a car hit us both.
I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack, he was laughing so hard!
Submitted by Sharon Hamel
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Worship brings all kinds of responses, as I observed in church recently. An elderly woman was standing with eyes closed and hands raised in prayer and praise. The three-year-old standing in the pew in front of her turned around and gave her a high-five!
Source: Monday Fodder
A jail is spending £250,000 on replacing all its locks after a bunch of keys was screened in a TV news clip.
Prison chiefs at Feltham Young Offenders' Institution were worried people could use the clip to make copies.
They are replacing their 11,000 locks and 3,200 keys which could cost the taxpayer £250,000, reports the Mirror.
An ITN crew was reporting on the public inquiry into the racist killing of Asian inmate Zahid Mubarek.
Feltham governor Andrew Cross said: "The establishment is going through a re-locking."
ITN said it was "looking into the matter".
Mark Leech, editor of the Prisons Handbook, said: "ITV News should pay the cost in Feltham if they are found to have been responsible for the security breach."
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com