?To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent–that is to triumph over old age.?
Daily Archives April 30, 2015
The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read
Beneath the long,straggly branches of an old willow tree.
Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown,
For the world was intent on dragging me down.
And if that weren\’t enough to ruin my day,
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.
He stood right before me with his head tilted down
And said with great excitement, \”Look what I found!\”
In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,
With its petals all worn – not enough rain, or too little light.
Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,
I faked a small smile and then shifted away.
But instead of retreating he sat next to my side
And placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise,
\”It sure smells pretty and it\’s beautiful, t...
There was an atheist couple who had a child. The couple never told their daughter anything about the Lord.
One night when the little girl was 5 years old, the parents fought with each other and the dad shot the mom right in front of the child.
Then, the dad shot himself. The little girl watched it all. She was then sent to a foster home. The foster mom was a Christian and took the child to church.
On the first day of Sunday School, the foster mom told the teacher that the girl had never heard of Jesus, and to have patience with her.
The teacher held up a picture of Jesus and said, \”Does anyone know who this is?\”
The little girl said, \”I do, that\’s the man who was holding me the night my parents died.\”
At the Henry Street Hebrew School, Goldblatt, the new teacher, finished the day\’s lesson. It was now time for the usual question period.
\”Mr. Goldblatt,\” announced little Joey, \”there\’s something I can\’t figure out.\”
\”What\’s that Joey?\” asked Goldblatt.
\”Well accordin\’ to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea. Right?\”
\”And the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?\”
\”And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?\”
\”Again, you\’re right.\”
\”And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of Israel were always doin\’ somethin\’ important. Right?\”
\”All that is right, too,\” agreed Goldblatt. \”So, what\’s your question?\”
\”What I wanna know...
Years ago a John Hopkin\’s professor gave a group of graduate students this assignment: Go to the slums. Take 200 boys, between the ages of 12 and 16, and investigate their background and environment. Then predict their chances for the future.
The students, after consulting social statistics, talking to the boys, and compiling much data, concluded that 90 percent of the boys would spend some time in jail.
Twenty-five years later another group of graduate students was given the job of testing the prediction. They went back to the same area. Some of the boys – by then men – were still there, a few had died, some had moved away, but they got in touch with 180 of the original 200. They found that only four of the group had ever been sent to jail.
Why was it that these men, who had lived in ...