A Friend is a Gift of God

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 A Friend is a Gift of God

Among the great and glorious gifts
Our Heavenly Father sends
Is the Gift of Understanding,
That we find in loving friends,
For in this world of trouble
That is filled with anxious care
Everybody needs a friend
In whom they’re free to share
The little secret heartaches
That lay heavy on their mind,
Not just a mere acquaintance
But someone who’s “Just Our Kind”—
For, somehow, in the generous heart
Of loving, faithful friends
The good God in His charity
And wisdom always sends
A sense of understanding
And the power of perception
And mixes these fine qualities
With kindness and affection
So when we need some sympathy
Or a friendly hand to touch,
Or an ear that listens tenderly
And speaks words that mean so much,
We seek our true and trusted friend
In the knowledge that we’ll find
A heart that’s sympathetic
And an understanding mind…
And often just without a word
There seems to be a union
Of thoughts and kindred feelings
For GOD gives TRUE FRIENDS communion.
Helen Steiner Rice

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Tale of Two Frogs

Two frogs fell in a deep cream bowl,frog
One was an optimistic soul
But the other took the gloomy view.
“We shall drown,” he cried without more adieu.
So with a last despairing cry
He flung up his legs and said goodbye.
Quoth the other frog with a merry grin,
“I can’t get out, but I won’t give in;
I’ll just swim around till my strength is spent,
Then will I die the more content.”
Bravely he swam till it would seem
His struggles began to churn the cream.
On top of the butter at last he stopped,
And out of the bowl he gladly hopped.
What of the moral?  ‘Tis easily found -
If you can’t get out, keep swimming around.

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The Legend of the Three Trees

The Legend of the Three Trees the legend of the three trees

Once upon a time there were three little trees that dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up…

The first tree dreamed of becoming a beautiful treasure chest.  The second tree dreamed of becoming a strong sailing ship.  The third tree dreamed of being so tall that when people looked up at it, they would be reminded of God.  The three trees grew taller year after year until one day the woodcutters came and chopped them down.  The master woodcutters then began to carefully create the three trees into something better than they had dreamed of.

The first tree was crafted into a tiny manger that held the most beautiful treasure of all, the Christ child.  The second tree was made into a small fishing boat on which the Master calmed the raging storm and taught his disciples to have strong faith in God.  The third tree was formed into a tall wooden cross that Christ was brutally nailed to.  When people gazed upon it they would be reminded of God’s sacrifice for us.  As we grow and develop and put our trust in the Master’s hands we allow him to create in us a beautiful treasure of great worth.  We become strong as we put our faith in Him, and as we remember His sacrifice for us.

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Listen With Your Heart

I give this poem to someone who has lost a loved one, I have had so many people say how much it has meant.  For Him or Her.

 

Listen With Your Heart – For Him
Memories are a treasure
Time cannot take away…
So may you be surrounded
By happy ones today…
May all the love and tenderness
Of special years well spent
Come back today to fill your heart
With beauty and content…
And may you walk down Memory Lane
And meet the one you love
For while you cannot see him
He’ll be watching from above…
And if you trust your dreaming
Your faith will make it true…
And if you listen with your heart
He’ll come and be with you…
So for his sake be happy
And show him that his love
Has proven strong and big enough
To reach down from above…
And you will never walk alone
When Memory’s Door swings wide…
For you’ll find that you’re dear One.
Is always by your side.
By Helen Steiner Rice

Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly!

Listen With Your Heart – For Her
Memories are a treasure
Time cannot take away…
So may you be surrounded
By happy ones today…
May all the love and tenderness
Of special years well spent
Come back today to fill your heart
With beauty and content…
And may you walk down Memory Lane
And meet the one you love
For while you cannot see her
She’ll be watching from above…
And if you trust your dreaming
Your faith will make it true…
And if you listen with your heart
She’ll come and be with you…
So for her sake be happy
And show her that her love
Has proven strong and big enough
To reach down from above…
And you will never walk alone
When Memory’s Door swings wide…
For you’ll find that you’re dear One.
Is always by your side.
By Helen  Steiner Rice

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Senior Moments

An Elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle.

She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!”

The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out and ran like mad.

The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition.

She tried and tried, and then she realize why. It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee, and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat.

A few minute later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down.

She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake.

The Sergeant to who she told the story couldn’t stop laughing.

He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun.

No charges were filed. Moral of the story? If you’re going to have a senior moment…make it memorable.

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The Doctor of the Future

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Alva Edison: Inventor and businessman

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Where do red-headed babies come from?

WHERE DO RED-HEADED BABIES COME FROM?

After their baby was born, the panicked father went to see the Obstetrician.

‘Doctor,’ the man said, ‘I don’t mind telling you, I’m a little upset because my daughter has red hair. She can’t possibly be mine!!’

‘Nonsense,’ the doctor said ‘Even though you and your wife both have black hair, one of your ancestors may have contributed red hair to the gene pool.’

‘It isn’t possible,‘ the man insisted. This can’t be, our families on both sides had jet-black hair for generations.’

‘Well,’ said the doctor, ‘let me ask you this. How often do you have sex???’

The man seemed a bit ashamed. ‘I’ve been working very hard for the past year. We only made love once or twice every few months.’

‘Well, there you have it!’ The doctor said confidently. ‘It’s rust.’

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Giving to people in Need

Giving to people in need Counts!

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.’ As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away’.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her but he had chosen to save her anyway.

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The Cardiologist and the Mechanic

A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.

The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his bike – when the mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?” The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked,

“So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take out the valves, repair any damage, then put it all back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make a pretty small salary – and you get the big bucks – when you and I are doing basically the same work?”

The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic…
“Try doing it with the engine running.”

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Parrot Talk

Just for laughs – Wanda’s Kenmore dishwasher quit working – so she called in a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told the repairman, ‘I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you a check. By the way don’t worry about my dog Spike. He won’t bother you.’ ‘But, whatever you do, DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, talk to my parrot!
‘I MUST STRESS TO YOU: DO NOT TALK TO MY PARROT!!!’

When the repairman arrived at Wanda’s apartment the following day, he discovered the biggest, meanest looking dog he had ever seen.

But, just as she had said, the dog just lay there on the carpet watching the repairman go about his work.

The parrot, however, drove him nuts the whole time with his incessant yelling, cursing and name calling. Finally the repairman could contain himself NO longer and yelled, ‘Shut up, you stupid, ugly bird!’ To which the parrot replied, ‘Get him Spike!’

Men just don’t listen!

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