Saturday, August 7, 2010

Solution

A worried woman went to her gynaecologist and said, "Doctor, I have a serious problem and  desperately need your  help! My baby is not even one year old, and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together."

So the doctor said, "Ok and what do you want me to do?"

She said, "I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’

The doctor thought for a little,  and after some silence he said to the  lady, "I think I have a better solution for your problem.  It’s less dangerous for you too."

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: "You see, in order for you not to have to take care of  2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way,  you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill  one of them, it doesn’t matter which one  it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms."

The lady was horrified and said, "No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!"

"I  agree", the doctor replied.  "But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution."

Moral: There is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb. The crime is the same!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bats


Three Pastors were having lunch at a restarurant.

One said “You know, since summer started I’ve been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at church. I’ve tried everything–noise, spray, cats–nothing seems to scare them away.

Another said “Yea, me too. I’ve got hundreds living in my attic too.  I’ve even had the place fumigated, and they won’t go away.”

The third said, “I baptized all mine, and made them members of the church.  I haven’t seen one back since!!!”

Note: At work, I have a new colleague from Europe, who came down to help me.  I was baffled when my catholic colleague told me that the last time she attended chuch was for her own baptism, and to receive her first communion.  She has not taken her three children to church even once!!!  According to her, that's how over 90% of people in her community are.  I shall write more about my findings later next week.  

Transfiguration

August 6 - Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.


One of the miracles of Jesus that took place at Mount Tabor, where Jesus became radiant and spoke to Moses and Elijah and was called 'Son' by God. 

This miracle is unique in the sense that this miracle happens to Jesus itself. 

The church of Transfiguration is situated upon Mount Tabor in Israel and is a popular tourist spot.  If you ever visit Israel, make it a point to visit this place. 


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Thursday, August 5, 2010

No need to worry


In Greece, in the 4th or 5th century B.C., there was a war between two neighbouring city-states. A spy from one city was captured in the other city, and sentenced to be executed.

But he insisted that he be granted an interview with the tyrant of that city, and when he got it, said "O great king, if you do not execute me, but instead allow me to live a mere one year longer, I will teach your favourite horse to sing."

The tyrant thought about it, and eventually decided, "what's one year? I can always kill him at the end of it."

And he agreed, and the erstwhile spy was led away.

A few weeks after this, as the spy was in the stables playing the lyre to the tyrant's horse, two friends of his who had smuggled themselves into the city in disguise came to him to find out what was going on.

He told them the story, and they said, "you're crazy! You'll never manage it, and in the end the king will kill you!"

To which our hero replied, "In one year, anything can happen. The king may die; I may die: or, the horse may learn to sing."

And he went on playing the lyre.


Moral: Don't worry.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Satan's counselor


Once the council of the devils met in hell.  At that time, Satan heard that a revival had commenced in a certain community. The devil had called his counselors together and asked them for advice as to how this spiritual atmosphere might be changed.

One said, "I could break up this revival. I would go to earth and laugh at the people, and tell them they were a pack of fools; that there was no God, no devil, no heaven, and no hell. And I would say, 'Eat, drink, for tomorrow you die.'"

Satan said, "You need not go. You would not find anyone that would believe you."

Another, shrewder than the first, said, "Let me go. I would go to them at earth and tell them that a portion of the Bible is true; that there is a God and a heaven, but no devil and no hell, and that no matter how they might live here they would go to heaven when they died."

And Satan said, "You need not go. You might find some people that would try to believe you, but not many, especially at this time of spiritual awakening ."

"Let me go," said a third, the shrewdest and meanest of them all. "I will go to earth and tell them that the Bible is all true; that there is a God and a heaven, a devil and a hell, and that the people are making their choice in this life as to where they will spend the future ages. And then I will say, 'But you have plenty of time. Put this off. Wait until tomorrow.'"

And Satan said to him, "Go!"

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Solving problems with God

One rich man owned 19 horses when he died. In his last will and testament he had written that upon his death, half the horses he owned should go to his only son; one fourth to the village temple and one fifth to the faithful servant. The village elders could not stop scratching their heads. How can they give half of the 19 horses to the son? You cannot cut up a horse. They puzzled over this dilemma for more than two weeks and then decided to send for a wise man who was living in a neighboring village.

The wise man came riding on his horse and asked the villagers if he can be of any help to them. The village elders told him about the rich man’s last will and testament which stated that half of the (19) horses must be given to his only son, one fourth must go to the temple and one fifth to the faithful servant.

The wise man said he will immediately solve their problem without any delay whatsoever. He had the 19 horses placed in a row standing next to one another. Then he added his own horse as the 20th horse. Now he went about giving half of the 20 horses that is ten horses to the son. One fourth of 20-that is 5 horses were given to the temple committee. One fifth of twenty-that is 4 horses were given to the faithful servant. Ten plus five plus four made 19 horses. The remaining 20th horse was his own which he promptly mounted, spoke a few inspiring words, and rode back home.

The villagers were simply dumbfounded, full of disbelief and filled with admiration. And the parting words of the wise man were inscribed in their hearts and minds which they greatly cherished and passed on to their succeeding generations till today.

The wise man said: In our daily lives, in our daily affairs, simply add God’s name and then go about facing the day’s happenings. Ever come across problems in life that are seemingly insurmountable? (Like the villagers, do we feel that such problems cannot be solved?).

The wise man continued: Add the God Principle in our daily lives and the problems will become lighter and eventually will disappear. In the manner of the ice which, with the addition of the heat principle will turn into water, and that will eventually evaporate as steam and disappear.

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Clay balls


A man was exploring caves by the Seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left.

Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.

We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them.

I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with you. Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Few quotes

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."
- W. T. Purkiser

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
- Charles Dickens

"Of the blessings you discover in your life, none are any greater than the other. Each has equal value in and of itself to be appreciated for what it is."
- Sumner M. Davenport

"May your days be many and your troubles be few.
May all God's blessings descend upon you.
May peace be within you may your heart be strong.
May you find what you're seeking wherever you roam."
- Irish Blessing

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Look within you


A man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it.

He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought, How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?

Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and just before it was ready to bloom, it died.

So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The qualities planted in us at birth, grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects.

We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.

Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them.

One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns of another, and find the rose within them.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Assumption of Mary


According to the belief of Christians of the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, and the Anglican Communion, the Assumption of Mary was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her life. The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that Mary, "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory."

Here is another version: The Ever-Virgin Mary, the Theotokos, died, after having lived a holy life. The surviving apostles were present at and conducted her funeral. However Thomas was delayed and arrived a few days later. He said that he would not believe this had happened unless he saw the body of Mary. Peter expressed dismay that Thomas continued to doubt what the other apostles told him. Upon opening the tomb, Thomas revealed that he had witnessed the absent body of the Theotokos being taken to heaven by angels. This holy mystery is commemorated on August 15. The feast day of the Dormition ("falling asleep") of the Theotokos is preceded by a two week fasting period.

Regardless of how the story goes, we all know that St. Mary was the Mother of Jesus.
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Kids share their wisdom

When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer.

Never tell your mom her diet’s not working.

Stay away from prunes.

Don’t pull your dad’s finger when he tells you to.

Never leave your three-year-old brother in the same room as your school assignment.

If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.

Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.

Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.

When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone.

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Famous people quote wisdom

Charles Schultz: “I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day at a time.”

Henny Youngman: “I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock.”

Ann Landers: “Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”

Lewis Grizzard: “Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

Broderick Crawford: “Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.”

John Adams: “There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”

William Barclay: “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”

Thomas Edison: “Those who wish to sing, always find a song.”

Harvey Mackay: “Time is free, but it’s priceless.”

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Talk to me (Hey Angel)


Here is an angel poem, called ''Talk to me'. 

Hey angel,
what are those scars on your arms,
and the mass invaded charms?
No more need for alarm.

Talk to me

I can hear it in your voice,
the pain, the hurt, the shame.
You never really had a choice,
the tears fall like rain,
it seems so insane,
it seems like a game.

Talk to me

Hey angel,
can you stay for a while?
Let me see that pretty smile.
There's no need to fly away,
everything will be OK.
Tomorrow's another day.

Talk to me

Hey angel,
don't you let them get you down,
you don't have play the clown,
anymore.
It's all enough to want to see heavens door.
You beg and plead "no more".

Talk to me

I can't take away your pain,
the scars, the hurt, the shame.
All I can do is be there for you,
hold your hand when you're feeling blue,
hold you high when you want to cry,
hold your wings out, so you can fly again.

Talk to me
It's not the end.
Sweet dreams will come again.
Remove all the haze so you can see.
On that, you must believe.
Please,

talk to me

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Promise yourself


Promise yourself:
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind;
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet;
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them;
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true;
To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best;
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own;
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future;

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile;
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others;
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear; and too happy to permit the presence of trouble;
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds;

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Promise yourself, and believe in yourself.
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Believe


A winner is neither made nor finished in one try

This holds true except under one circumstance. That is as long as we don't give up or never try. I am reminded of situation after situation where persistence has won out. My friend, there is no rule that says we have to already be an expert before moving towards our dreams.

Life will show us the way towards achievement if we only allow ourselves to remain focussed on that which we want to see manifest in our lives.

Believe in the power of your dreams even if no one else does because when you make them a reality it won't matter who doubted you.

Believe!!

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Be yourself


Be understanding to your enemies.
Be loyal to your friends. 
Be strong enough to face the world each day.
Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.
Be generous to those who need your help. 

Be frugal with what you need yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
Be foolish enough to believe in miracles. 
Be willing to share your joys. 
Be willing to share the sorrows of others. 

Be a leader when you see a path others have missed. 
Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty. 
Be the first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds. 
Be the last to criticize a colleague who fails. 
Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not tumble. 

Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way. 
Be loving to those who love you. 
Be loving to those who do not love you, and they may change. 
Above all, be yourself. 

August is here

August is here - and I changed the background as well.  After the summer vacation, schools are starting shortly, and many families started getting back to town.  Chris' school in Cobb opens on the 4th, ahead of many counties.  This year, many schools have been hurt due to drastic budget cuts.

As far as the events in and around Atlanta for August, one of the Broadway's popular musical comedy 'Hairspray' is playing at the Earl Smith Strand Theater in Marietta between Aug 1 - 8.  The Permieter Mall is holding a home improvement show on Aug 6th.  Cyndi Lauper, the Grammy Award singer, is playing at the Chastain Park Amphitheater on Aug 6th at 8:00 PM.

At church, the 15 day lent started yesterday.  It's to commomerate the Ascension of St. Mary.  The church encourages us to observe this lent, but I am not observing this lent.  Traditionally, I have been observing the 8-day lent (Nativity of St. Mary) that starts on September 1.  There is a meeting for the Alter boys on Saturday, Aug 7th between 10:00 and 12, for which I have invited everyone to attend.

At work, everything is going as normal.  Today I am completely free of any meetings and have the entire day for myself.  That will change tomorrow.  Tomorrow, one of my colleague is arriving from Belgium to meet me here.  She will be spending time with me till the 12th.  Meanwhile, I may travel with her to Indiana on the Aug 9th, and return on Aug 12th. So, there may be lean positngs on the blog during that time.  Once she leaves to Belgium, I will be completely free on the 13th and shall get caught up on my postings.

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Wings


Long ago God had a great many burdens which He wished to have carried from one place to another on earth, so He asked the animals to lend a hand. But all of them began to make excuses for not helping: the elephant was too dignified; the lion, too proud; and so on. Finally the birds came to God and said, "If you will tie the burdens into small bundles, we'll be glad to carry them for you. We are small but we would like to help."

So God fastened upon the back of each one a small bundle, and they all set out walking across the plain to their destination. They sang as they went, and did not seem to feel the weight of their burdens at all. Every day the burdens seemed lighter and lighter, until the loads seem to be lifting the birds, instead of the birds carrying the burdens.

When they arrived at their destination, they discovered that when they removed their loads, there were wings in their place, wings which enabled them to fly to the sky and the tree tops.

They had learned how to carry their burdens, and their loads had become wings to carry them nearer to God. Burdens we carry for others may become wings of the spirit, to lift us into happiness such as we have never known.

Has it ever occurred to you - why angels have wings?

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