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Does prayer have the power to heal?
A recent study found that heart patients that were prayed for
complete strangers did 11 percent better than those who were not.
Neither the patients nor the doctors treating them knew about the
but those who were prayed for had shorter hospital stays,
a lesser need for pacemakers, and speedier recoveries.
Does prayer have the power to heal?
When Love Gives
Too often, we lose sight of
life's simple pleasures.
Remember, when someone annoys you it takes
in your face to frown,
it only takes 6 muscles to extend your arm
rat-slap that sucker upside the head!
A certain amount of
conflict is a part of life.
But conflict and violence are quite
One man tells about living next
door to a bully. Last month the neighbor came up to him with hand
extended. As he reached to shake hands, his neighbor grabbed him
forcefully and threw him over his shoulder. "That's Judo," he said.
"Picked it up in Japan."
He went into his garage and came back out
and cracked the bully over the head. "That's crowbar," he said. "Picked it
up at Sears."
Some conflict is necessary, and many of us will
wisely learn how to make conflicts with others both constructive and
healthy. We will do well not to avoid daily conflict, but to resolve it
quickly. And, of course, that doesn't mean to grab the crowbar,
Actually, I understand that the Chinese have a good idea ~
illustrated by a true story:
Two natives of Hong Kong were
arguing loudly in the street. An American, who observed the altercation,
but could not speak the language, asked an Asian friend what they were
arguing about. "They are having a discussion about the ownership of a
boat," came the reply.
"They're getting so wrought up, won't they
start fighting soon?" the tourist asked.
"No," his friend said.
"These men will not start fighting because each one knows the man who
strikes the first blow admits his ideas just gave out."
Those individuals and societies who are quick to violence admit their
ideas just gave out. And if they genuinely try to care about people, even
their enemies, when they strike the first blow they also admit their love
just gave out.
Approach that conflict with a head full of ideas and
a heart full of love, and you'll be amazed at how quickly things get
settled!...... Steve Goodier
One day, a man went to visit a
church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out. Another car pulled
up near him, and the driver told him, " I always park there. You took my
The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty
seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and
stated, "That's my seat! You took my place!" The visitor was somewhat
distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.
School, the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another
member walked up to him and said, "That's where I always sit. You took my
place!" The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still
Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to
dwell among them, the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change.
Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet.
Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What happened
The visitor replied, "I took your place!
...... ~ author unknown ~
...somebody is very proud of
...somebody is thinking of you...
...somebody is caring about
...somebody misses you...
...somebody wants to talk to
...somebody wants to be with you...
...somebody hopes you aren't
...somebody is thankful for the support you have
...somebody wants to hold your hand...
everything turns out all right...
...somebody wants you to be
...somebody wants you to find him/her...
celebrating your successes...
...somebody wants to give you a
...somebody thinks that you ARE a gift...
you're not too cold, or too hot...
...somebody wants to hug
...somebody loves you...
...somebody admires your
...somebody is thinking of you and smiling...
wants to be your shoulder to cry on...
...somebody wants to go out with you
and have a lot of fun...
...somebody thinks the world of
...somebody wants to protect you...
...somebody would do anything
...somebody wants to be forgiven...
...somebody is grateful
for your forgiveness...
...somebody wants to laugh with
...somebody remembers you and wishes that you were
...somebody is praising God for you...
...somebody needs to
know that your love is unconditional...
...somebody values your
...somebody wants to tell you how much they
...somebody wants to share their dreams with you...
wants to hold you in their arms...
...somebody wants YOU to hold them in
...somebody treasures your spirit...
they could STOP time because of you...
...somebody praises God for your
friendship and love...
...somebody can't wait to see you...
loves you for who you are...
...somebody loves the way you make them
...somebody wants to be with you...
...somebody wants you to
know they are there for you...
...somebody's glad that you're his/her
...somebody wants to be your friend...
...somebody stayed up
all night thinking about you...
...somebody is alive because of
...somebody is wishing that you noticed him/her...
wants to get to know you better...
...somebody wants to be near
...somebody misses your advice/guidance...
...somebody has faith
...somebody trusts you...
...somebody needs you to send them
...somebody needs your support...
...somebody needs you
to have faith in them...
...somebody will cry when they read
...somebody needs you to let them be your friend...
hears a song that reminds them of you...
...... ~ author unknown ~
A guardian angel flew down from
To teach me a lesson about the powers of love.
to me, "Take a hold of my hand,
There are so many things I wish you to
About the powers of love, and all it can do,
who needs to share it with you.
A pat on the back, a kind smile on your
Can make someone's life, a much brighter place.
take much, to show someone you care,
To give them the love, God gave you
So please keep in mind, all the powers you possess,
grace someone's life, when they're in distress.
You've been put on this
earth to bestow the powers of love..."
And with those final words, she
disappeared up above!
...... ~ author
BEST THINGS IN LIFE
Falling in love.
Laughing so hard your face hurts.
No lines at the Super Walmart.
A special glance.
Taking a drive on a pretty road.
Hearing your favorite song on the
Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
Hot towels out of the
Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half price.
distance phone call.
A bubble bath.
Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last
Laughing at yourself.
Midnight phone calls that last for
Running through sprinklers.
Laughing for absolutely no reason at
Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
Laughing at an
Falling in love for the first
Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about
Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to
Your first kiss.
Making new friends or spending time with old
Playing with a new puppy.
Late night talks with your roommate that
keep you from sleeping.
Having someone play with your hair.
Road trips with friends.
Watching a good movie cuddled up on a couch with someone you
Wrapping presents under the Christmas tree while having cookies
and eggnog snack.
Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can sing
along without feeling stupid.
Going to a really good concert.
butterflies in your stomach every time you see that one person.
contact with a cute stranger.
Winning a really competitive game.
chocolate chip cookies!
Having your friends send you homemade
Spending time with close friends!
Seeing smiles and hearing
laughter from your friends...
Holding hands with someone you care
Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or
bad) never change.
Discovering that love is unconditional and stronger that
Riding the best roller coasters over and over.
Hugging the person
Watching the expression someone's face as they open a
much-desired present from you.
Watching the sunrise.
Getting out of bed
every morning and thanking God for another beautiful day.
My two year old daughter,
Christina, and her grandfather (my father) have a loving relationship. They
talk in hushed whispers late at night, he reads her stories when she can't
sleep, and he has, on occasion, placed toys and stuffed animals in her bed
to comfort her when she's sick. He goes to her room late at night when she
is frightened and sings to her so that my wife and I can sleep. She tells us
about their games and fills her grandmother (my mother) in on the details of
The most wonderful and amazing thing about my father's
love for his granddaughter is its ability to span time and heaven... You
see, my father passed away six years before my wife and I even met.
Now, I know what you're thinking. To tell the truth, I've always
thought stories like this where simply wishful thinking, if not outright
fiction, but some of these occurrences just can't be explained. For example,
I have sat and listened over the baby monitor to one sided conversations
with my daughter mentioning names of people and places that she had never
met before or seen. My two year old little girl knows facts about relatives
that died when I was a child.
Christina has been awake in the
mornings when I go to get her ready for daycare and has looked around and
asked where her "Pappa Bill" was. She has hugged my mother and told her "I
love you Nanna, and Pappa Bill loves you too."
She has told me that
I have the same middle name as Pappa Bill. She has never been told what mine
or my father's middle name was.
One of the first occurrences that
really made me stop and think took place at two in the morning. I was
awakened by the sound of Christina's wind up musical giraffe. Assuming that
she had gotten over the railings of her crib, I walked into her room and
found her with tears on her cheek, fast asleep, and her music box playing
away on the floor in the middle of her room where before it had been sitting
on a shelf of her bookcase.
As cynical as I would like to be about
angels or whatever people may call this kind of thing, I've come to believe
that the peaceful, calm feeling you get when you watch your child sleeping
just could be God's reassurance that your angel is being watched over by one
As these "visits," as Christina calls them, take place, I've
come to believe that it just may be my father keeping an eye on her.
That would be his way, and I've learned to appreciate the peace that
always seems to fill the room. Before I turn out her light I just smile and
quietly whisper, "Thanks Dad" and go back to bed............ ~ author
changed, † not taken away.
To live in
hearts we leave behind is not to die.
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