This post was penned two years ago, so it has been 78 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. The lessons, however, remain the same. On this anniversary, and with so many new readers, we are reblogging this post for your thoughful consideration.
It was 76 years ago that early on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, Japan attacked our naval and airbase at Pearl Harbor. It was a surprise and unprovoked attack that propelled the USA into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a date that will live in infamy.” On this anniversary of Pearl Harbor, there are several thoughts with spiritual applications that come to mind.
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Today is #GivingTuesday. Here’s a past post with some thoughts about giving that you will find helpful.
Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber-Monday. These days following Thanksgiving have become familiar days known for buying. Getting good deals. And jump-starting the Christmas season.
What may not be as well publicized is today. Giving Tuesday. According to their web page, it is a “global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.”
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Little six-year-old Kevin was supposed to be cleaning up his bedroom. When his mother came to check how he was doing the room looked like it had been hit by a hurricane.
After scolding him, she then put Kevin in “time-out” and banished him to his room for the rest of the day until it was cleaned and straighten.
At bedtime, while saying his night-time prayers and praying for the usual things little boys pray about he said: Continue reading
Sometimes when visiting a cemetery, I like to look for old grave markers and read the epitaphs. Many are predictable. Like “Rest in Peace.” “Loving Mother.” Or “Faithful Father.”
However, some people, or at least their relatives, exhibited a sense of humor with their choice of epitaphs. Here are some supposedly actual inscriptions on tombstones.
Ezekial Aikle, buried in the East Dalhousie Cemetery in Nova Scotia, died at age 102. His Epitaph? “The Good Die Young.” Continue reading
In an old “Peanuts” cartoon, Lucy is talking to her baby brother, Linus. The scenario unfolds like this.
Lucy: ’I’ll tell you something I’ve never told anyone before.’
She points to a hill in the distance and says, ’Someday, I’m going over that hill and find happiness and fulfillment. For me, all the answers to life lie beyond those clouds and over the grassy slopes of those hills.’ Continue reading
Dennis Davidson tells a story about Samuel Bradburn, an associate of John Wesley, who was a highly respected minister of his day.
On one occasion Davidson was in desperate financial need. When Wesley learned of his circumstances, he sent him the following letter: “Dear Sammy: ‘trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.’ Yours affectionately, John Wesley.” Attached to the letter was a 5-pound note (then worth about $10). Continue reading
Robert Schuller tells a story about a banker who always tossed a coin in the cup of a legless beggar who sat on the street outside the bank. But, unlike most people, the banker would always insist on getting one of the pencils the man had beside him.
“You are a merchant,” the banker would say, “and I always expect to receive good value from merchants I do business with.” Continue reading