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The Twenty Kuan Yin Spiritual Law of Attraction & Mindfulness Teachings  by Hope Bradford

Yellow Lark's prayer

Wisdom from a Cherokee Chief - Profound story

Sayings from Will Rogers - Good advice with a twist of humor

The Tablecloth - Soulmate story about WWII, a tablecloth, and a church. 

Cracked-Pot Friends - Wonderful story from India about a cracked water pot.

Life - Notes from the other side :) - Blueprint of attitude towards life.

Children's Letters to God - Out of the mouth of babes!

Nail in the Fence - Lesson on Friendship

$.57 - Touching story about a child's last wish

The Garden - Wonderful Garden Analogy on How to Treat Each Other.

Good Karma - The Dalai Lama's Inspirational way to look at life.

How to Stay Young - Some uplifting advice for those concerned with aging.

The Farmer's Donkey - A funny story, with two wonderful morals

Wish for Today - Ordinary Miracles

More Great Thoughts,  submitted by Paul Long

NDE Poem from the 13th Century written by Rumi

 

The Twenty Kuan Yin Spiritual Law of Attraction & Mindfulness Teachings  by Hope Bradford

1. You are the physical extension of your "Authentic" or "Always" Self--that which is the essence of your being

2. "You are god: both the "sliver of god" and the "ball of light". Ego's very nature-capable of a relatively expansive, detailed, and yet individualistic perspective is crucial. Separating itself out from the God Force, ego extracts infinite unique experiences, integral to humanity's process of 'spiritualizing matter'. Incarnating on the earth, achieving individualism is therefore critical for attaining divinity."

3. You are a creator: "juggler of the dream and the world of dreams", Kuan Yin states:

�You�re at page ten but I understand the entire evolution. In reality, it�s already over. It�s a dream. Remember? You�re living a dream. It�s very complicated to hold the dream and live the dream. You are learning the art of juggling the dream and the world of dreams. Nobody really gets hurt�.

4. "You create your whole world from your thoughts."

5. You are here on earth in your "rightful place" because you have chosen it. The laws of reincarnation and karma are real.

6. The basis of your life is free will and karma (the personal vibration created from prominent beliefs attracting objects and events to you). You always have the freedom to change your beliefs and thus what is attracted: In Her teachings, Kuan Yin states:

�There are the waves and there is the wind, seen and unseen forces. Everyone has these same elements in their lives, the seen and unseen: karma and free will. The question is, �how are you going to handle what you have?� You are riding the karmic wave underneath and the wind can shift. Everyone must take what they see and deal with that which is unseen.�

7. The purpose of your life is to marvel and enjoy all you've created as well as to utilize your "focused intent"; to "imagine the possibilities of something greater than is right here."

8. "You are meant to be the 'Watcher'. Instead of judging, you just see."

9. "The most powerful forces in the universe are compassion, loving-kindness and motherly-love."

10. "You cannot die; you are eternal, quantum beings."

11. In the Multiverse, you have infinite realities to choose from.

12. "The universe will bring whatever one wants!"

13. "You are made of sound. Sound comes first in the universe."

14. "Being in the moment is one's link to eternity."

15. "There is no such thing as time."

16. "There is no evil, only ignorance."

17. There are new, inexperienced as well as advanced, compassionate souls on earth.

18. "You are a totally unique, divine being simultaneously belonging to one huge family, a great continuum."

19. "You are all sacred energies and everyone is as sacred as the next."

20.  �Regard your life as about choices, experiences and desire and that you are already liberated. Don�t be afraid of desire. It is why you�re here: to taste, live.�

Yellow Lark's prayer

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,

Whose breath gives life to all the world.

Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice

Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.

Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf & rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy - Myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the falling sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

- Lokota - Sioux Chief "Yellow Lark" 's prayer  in 1887 -

Wisdom from a Cherokee Chief

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between 2 "wolves" inside us all.
 
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
 
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
 
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
 
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."


Will Rogers Sayings

Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in 1935, was probably the greatest political sage this country has ever known. Enjoy the following:


1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman...neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

ABOUT GROWING OLDER...

First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Tenth ~ Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.

And finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.




Cracked-Pot Friends

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
 
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house.
 
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
 
After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do a lot of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.
 
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered them.

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
 
Moral:
 
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life!
 
THANK YOU ALL - MY CRACKPOT FRIENDS!!
 

Life - Notes from the other side :), Contributed by Jay Vordal

The following document was retrieved from the spirit world. It appears to be a Guide for spirit beings pending a first time human life experience.

DESTINATION: The Planet Earth

LOCATION: The Solar System, Second

Major Planet from the Sun

First arm of the Milky Way Galaxy,

The Universe

In the Mind of �God.�

You have chosen and planned a human life on Earth. Since it will be your first human experience, bear, in mind the following.

1 .You will receive only one body; like it or not, it is yours for the duration. So, take care of it.

2 You have enrolled in a full time school called human life. Each day will have lessons for you. It is up to you what you learn from those lessons. You may not like some lessons or think other lessons stupid. You may not even recognize many lessons. Still, you chose them - every one.

3. Life is a learning process with no score. You learn as much or more from failure as from success. The only true failure is not having learned.

4. Lessons repeat until learned. They take different forms until they are learned. After learning a lesson, you go onto the next one. The process does not end.

5. Wherever you find yourself, whatever happens, it happens by your choice. You put yourself in situations in order to learn how to deal with them

6. You have all the ability you need to help yourself. You brought it with you. It is up to you to find it within yourself.

7. what you experience �in your human life you will forget' in following ones, only what you learn stays with you.

8. Your spirit guides will protect you from harm not of your own choosing and help you only to the extent you allow

We hope you achieve your purpose in your human life and we expect you to return to us a better being for having experienced it.

Children's Letters to God

Dear God,
In Sunday School they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation? - Jane

Dear God,
I think about You sometimes even when I'm not praying. - Elliot

Dear God,
Did You really mean "do unto others as they do unto you?" Because if you did, then I'm going to fix my brother. - Darla

Dear God,
I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. - Margret

Dear God,
I read the Bible. What does "begat" mean? Nobody will tell me. - Love, Allison

Dear God,
Are you really invisible or is that a trick? - Lucy

Dear God,
Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? - Anita

Dear God,
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? - Norma

Dear God,
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You just keep the ones You have now? - Jane

Dear God,
Who draws the lines around countries? - Nan

Dear God,
The bad people laughed at Noah - "You made an ark on dry land you fool". But he was smart, he stuck with You. That's what I would do. - Eddie

Dear God,
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? - Neil

Dear God,
What does it mean You are a Jealous God? I thought You had everything. - Jane

Dear God,
Thank You for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. - Joyce

Dear God,
Why is Sunday School on Sunday? I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest. - Tom L.

Dear God,
Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, You can look it up. - Bruce

Dear God,
If we come back as something - please don't let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her. - Denise

Dear God,
My brother is a rat. You should give him a tail. Ha ha. - Danny

Dear God,
Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. - Larry

Dear God,
I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but not with so much hair all over. - Sam

Dear God,
You don't have to worry about me. I always look both ways. - Dean

Dear God,
I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. - Nan

Dear God,
Of all the people who work for You, I like Noah and David the best. - Rob

Dear God,
My brother told me about being born but it doesn't sound right. They're just kidding, aren't they? - Marsha

Dear God,
If You watch me in Church Sunday. I'll show You my new shoes. - Mickey D.

Dear God,
I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible. - Love, Chris

Dear God,
We read Thomas Edison made light. But in school they said You did it. So, I bet he stole Your idea. - Sincerely, Donna

Dear God,
I do not think anybody could be a better God. Well, I just want You to know but I am not just saying that because You are God already. - Charles

NAIL IN THE FENCE

A Good Story for Great Friends.....Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence!

 There once was a little girl who had a bad temper.  Her mother gave her a bag of nails and told her that every time she lost her temper, she must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the girl had driven 37 nails into the fence.  Over the next few weeks, as she learned to control her anger, the
number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. She discovered it was easier to hold her temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the girl didn't lose her temper at all.  She told her mother about it and the mother suggested that
the girl now pull out one nail for each day that she was able to hold her temper.  The day passed and the young girl was finally able to tell her mother that all the nails were gone.

The mother took her daughter by the hand and led her to the fence.  She said, "You have done well, my daughter, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one." You can put a knife in a person and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us .



$.57 cents

A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it "was too crowded." "I can't go to Sunday School," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.  Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class.  The child was so touched that she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.

Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings and the parents called for the kindhearted pastor, who had befriended their daughter, to handle the final arrangements.  As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump.  Inside was found 57 cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting, which read, "This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School."

For two years she had saved for this offering of love.  When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do.  Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. He   challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building.

But the story does not end there!

A newspaper learned of the story and published it.  It was read by a Realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered it for 57 cents.

Church members made large donations.  Checks came from far and wide.  Within five years the little girl's gift had increased to $250,000.00�a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century).  Her unselfish love had paid large dividend.

When you are in the city of
Philadelphia , look up Temple Baptist Church , with a seating capacity of 3,300 and Temple University , where hundreds of students are trained. Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday school building which houses hundreds of Sunday Scholars, so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.

In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history.  Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, "Acres of Diamonds."


 
T H E  G A R D E N - Author unknown at this point, but if you recognize this I'd love to give you or that person credit!  Please speak up.


Come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses...

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:
  1. Peace of mind
  2. Peace of heart
  3. Peace of soul

 
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
  1. Squash gossip
  2. Squash indifference
  3. Squash grumbling
  4. Squash selfishness

 
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:
  1. Lettuce be faithful
  2. Lettuce be kind
  3. Lettuce be patient
  4. Lettuce really love one another

 
NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
  1. Turnip for meetings
  2. Turnip for service
  3. Turnip to help one another

 
TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:
  1. Thyme for each other
  2. Thyme for family
  3. Thyme for friends

 
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.


 

 

GOOD KARMA

This is nice reading, but short.  Enjoy!  This is what The Dalai Lama has to say on the millennium.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk..
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson..
3. Follow the three R's:
        * Respect for self,
        * Respect for others, and
        * Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life.  Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

 

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

An aging man was walking with his friend. He said, "I'm a walking economy."
 
"How so?" the friend replied.           

He lamented, "My hair line is in recession, my stomach is a victim of inflation, and both of these together are putting me into a deep depression!"
                                       
    We can't help but grow older physically, but we can stay young in other ways. Though I cannot credit the original author, I think the following piece, sent in by a reader, is worth repeating. Do you want to stay young?

How to Stay Young

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop."

4. Enjoy the simple things.  When the children are young, that is all that you can afford. When they are in college, that is all that you can afford. When you are on retirement, that is all that you can afford!

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive, don't  put out a mailbox on the highway of death and just wait in residence for your mail.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country, but not to guilt country.

10. At every opportunity, tell the people you love that you love them.


The Farmer's Donkey....

One day a farmer's donkey fell into an abandoned well.  The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was too old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; so it just wasn't worth it to him to try to retrieve the donkey.
 

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.  They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. Realizing what was happening, the donkey at first cried and wailed horribly.

Then, a few shovel-fulls later, he quieted down completely.  The farmer peered down into the well, and was astounded by what he saw. With every shovel-full of dirt that hit his back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up on the new layer of dirt.
 

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.  Pretty soon, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off, to the shock and astonishment of everyone.
 

The Moral: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to stop wailing, and not let the dirt bury you, but to shake it off and take a step up.  Each one of our troubles is a stepping-stone.  We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

 

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

Free your heart from hatred. Free your mind from worries. Live simply. Give more. Expect less.

By the way, after he calmed down, the donkey kicked the crap out of the farmer who tried to bury him, which brings us to the second moral of this story:
When you try to cover your ass, you will always get your ass kicked.



Wish for Today

Today...I wish you a day of ordinary miracles----

    A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself.
    An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
    Green stoplights on your way to work or shop.
    I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in...

    The fastest line at the grocery store.
    A good sing along song on the radio.
    Your keys right where you look.

    I wish you a day of happiness and perfection----
    little bite-size pieces of perfection that give you the
    funny feeling that the Lord is smiling on you,
    holding you so gently because you are someone
    special and rare.

More Great Thoughts

To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

He, who loses money, loses much; He, who loses a friend, loses much more; He, who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Friends, you and me .... You brought another friend ... And then there were 3 .... We started our group .... Our circle of friends .... There is no beginning or end ....

NDE Poem -
Here's a beautiful poem by the 13th Century Sufi  named Rumi, who expresses some beautiful truths about the moment of death, expressing the very thoughts NDE accounts invoke in people who hear them.  Clearly, Rumi knew people who'd had an NDE.  submitted by John Price

ON THE DAY I DIE

 On the day I die, when I'm being carried
toward the grave, don't weep. Don't say,

he's gone! He's gone.  Death has nothing
to do with going away.  The sun sets and

the moon sets, but they're not gone.
Death is a coming together. The tomb

looks like a prison, but it's really
release into union.  The human seed goes

down in the ground like a bucket into
the well where Joseph is.  It grows and

comes up full of some unimagined beauty.
Your mouth closes here and immediately

opens with a shout of joy there.



THE TABLECLOTH

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities.

When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc., and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.

On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later.


She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?" The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. She was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home, that was the least he could do.. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return.

One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood, continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving.

The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike.

He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety, and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier.

He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid

Who says God does not work in mysterious ways..

I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today. To guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always with you, His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares you know He will see us through. So when the road you're traveling on seems difficult at best.. Just remember I'm here praying and God will do the rest.
 

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