Daily Archives April 10, 2015

The Lonely Ember

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going.

After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor\’s visit, the man
welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs.

After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination.

As the one lone ember\’s flame diminished, there wa...

The Flat Tire

My tire had a staple in it. Of all times for this to happen — a flat tire. But when is a good time for a flat tire? Not when you are wearing a suit and you have been traveling for nearly five hours and, adding to this bleak picture, nightfall is approaching.

Wait; did I mention that I was on a country road? Okay, now you have the picture. There was only one thing to do: call AAA. Yeah, right. The cell phone I bought for security and protection in moments like this isn\’t in range to call anyone. \”No Service\” it says. No kidding!

I sat for a few minutes moaning and complaining. It\’s a male thing. Then I began emptying my trunk so that I could get at the tire and tools needed to get the job done. I carry a large plastic container filled with what I call \”just-in-case-stuff...

If Tomorrow Never Comes

If I knew it would be the last time
that I\’d see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly and pray
The Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I\’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time
I could spare an extra minute or two to stop and say
\”I love you,\”
instead of assuming you KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day,
I\’d be sure it was your best, before it slipped away.

For surely there\’s always
tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we
always get a second

A Tragedy or Blessing?

Years ago in Scotland, the Clark family had a dream. Clark and his wife worked and saved, making plans for their nine children and themselves to travel to the United States. It had taken years, but they had finally saved enough money and had gotten passports and reservations for the whole family on a new liner to the United States.

The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their new life. However, seven days before their departure, a dog bit the youngest son. The doctor sewed up the boy but hung a yellow sheet on the Clarks\’ front door. Because of the possibility of rabies, they were being quarantined for fourteen days.

The family\’s dreams were dashed. They would not be able to make the trip to America as they had planned...

Ants and the Grasshopper, The

The Ants were spending a fine winter\’s day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food. The Ants inquired of him, \”Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?\’ He replied, \”I had not leisure enough. I passed the days in singing.\” They then said in derision: \”If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.\”