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Quake Mother

After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.

He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement, “A child! There is a child!”

The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.

The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said, “If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. “If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is the mother’s love for her child!!

So don’t waste a day not to say I love you to your parents and love ones for you may not now one day they will be gone.


A Big Life

One thing people feel they have free rein to constantly comment on, is what language I speak in my home and to my partner. The most common refrain is, ‘You are in Germany, you should speak German to each other’ and other variations on the theme. Frankly, I tend to feel telling me what language to speak to my partner is like me telling you how often you should be having sex with yours. It isn’t any of my business and it is entirely up to you two. But that is by the by. This isn’t about what pisses me off, but instead about a little theory I have regarding bilingual relationships.

Obviously, I speak English. I came to Germany with three words of German (and one of them was ‘hallo’ under my belt) and have spent the past eighteen months simultaneously teaching English, writing in English and learning a…

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I have played heartbreak 3 times and each time I can not figure out how to get to Treasure Island so can I please get a hint or be told how to find the way??


A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: “My friend is dead! What can I do?”

The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: “Just take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard.

The guy’s voice comes back on the line. He says: “OK, now what?“

Word of God

“And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. And the scribes that came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and, By the prince of the demons casteth he out the demons. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan hath rise up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. But no one can enter into the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All their sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and their blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: but whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin: because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.” Mark 3:20-30, ASV

I read an article in “Reader’s Digest” that asked the question, “Are you normal or nuts?” They asked readers to write about their greatest fears and asked experts to determine whether or not those readers were normal or nuts. The questions included problems with memory, anxiety and stress. One wondered if her mother was a hoarder another was worried about everything she read. The experts agreed that nearly all of the problems were normal. The one that was questionable was the hoarder and was only problematic if it began to interfere with the mother’s life.

A side box with the article showed how it is positive to be a little crazy. Certain behaviors in moderation are actually virtues. They, like the hoarding, only become problematic when they interfere with life. For example: people with obsessive compulsive behavior are actually very hardworking and diligent. They make excellent accountants and business managers. Asperger Syndrome is a problem because it causes social awkwardness, but those who have the syndrome are focused and do very well in math, science and technology because it makes sense in their brains.

We often put the label of “nuts” on people who do things that we do not understand. The daughter was worried about her mother because she found stacks of paper towel tubes in her basement. When she asked her mother why she was saving them, her mother did not know. Now, if that daughter watches any of the hoarder or organization shows, she might automatically assume her mother has a problem. Perhaps she does, but my first thought was that perhaps that mother read an announcement in her church’s newsletter about a need for paper towel tubes for an upcoming project, but then when she began saving the tubes forgot who was meant to get them. Instead of throwing them away, the mother might have just thought she should keep them until she found the announcement or heard another one. Instead of insisting something was wrong and begging the mother to throw them away, the daughter could have suggested a good use for them and given the mother an opportunity to do something good with her collection.

It is good to be concerned about those we love, and the tube collection could easily turn into a house full of things the mother just couldn’t throw away. However, we have to understand that our diagnosis might not be right. We can’t assume someone is nuts just because they have some personality quirk we do not understand. It is up to us to find a way to graciously help that person if they need help and to love that person even if we think they are crazy.

We look at the life of Jesus and wonder how the people could have ever thought He was out of His mind. We know that He was doing something new and different for a reason, that He’d been sent by God to change the way God was known and understood. Yet how would we react if Jesus were amongst us today? Would we know that He was really doing God’s work or would we think He was beside Himself? Would we worry that His words and His actions were a sign that something was seriously wrong? What about our friends? Do we see their faith as something virtuous, or do we think they are out of their mind with their talk of God? Do we ever deny the power and work of the Holy Spirit because we think the person is crazy?

Word for today

“Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth and am come from God; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and standeth not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof. But because I say the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convicteth me of sin? If I say truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth the words of God: for this cause ye hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:42-47, ASV

On the television show “How I Met Your Mother,” the character Barney uses every possible technique to catch the girl. He is willing to lie, cheat and steal if it will advance his cause. His prey is usually a gullible and ditsy blonde who will fall for anything. In one technique, Barney approaches a girl with a smart phone as if she should recognize him. He is surprised when she doesn’t have a clue. He gives her a name and then walks away for a moment. She quickly looks him up on the internet, only to discover several websites describing his incredible life. She’s so impressed by what she sees, she readily follows him anywhere.

Of course, the websites are false. He has put them together just for this scam. News reports of his exploits are from fake news organizations. Photos were created in Photoshop. The entire character is fiction, but she’s drawn into what she believes to be reality.

It is easy to be fooled. I have to admit that I’ve fallen for news stories that were posted on satiric websites. As a matter of fact, a discussion group recently had a lengthy discussion about a story that was posted that was not real. The problem is that the story provided fodder for discussion about a very real problem. Though the solution in the article was fiction, it was an option that several people in the discussion thought might actually be the answer to a question many have asked. We were reminded several times that the article is fake, but the discussion went on because we saw some value in the foolishness.

I discovered the latest interesting use of false websites this week. There is an advertisement for a car company in the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. The picture in the ad shows a shiny new car with a beautiful girl standing nearby. Well, you have to assume she is beautiful because you can’t see her face. She’s sexy, though, wearing a tiny bikini that matches the color of the car. Sex has sold automobiles for a long time, and I don’t see that changing. The car company has simply decided that you do not need to know the girl; it is enough to see parts of her.

The ad identifies the girl, and a quick internet search finds a website for this swimsuit model. This website is set up with a portfolio of her pictures. Every single one was with a car from that company. And you cannot see her face in any of the photos. The website has no information. It has no links to administrators or email. There is no biography or tour information, just pictures of parts of her with cars. The website is there to give credence to a woman who is not real.

The internet is just a new tool in a very old game. Satan was twisting the truth in the beginning and he continues to do so in every generation. We must not believe everything we see or hear. We must be especially careful when listening to those who claim to speak about the things of faith, because Satan continues to twist God’s word in and through the work of people who are either willing or unaware of the falsehood. So, listen for God’s voice and test every word against what you know to be true. Does the word line up with the whole revelation of God? Does the word glorify God or does it put human agenda, desires and opinions first?

Due to the high volume of spam that comes through the domain, I have had to stop using that email address. However, if you would like to send me mail, use the following address, replacing the bracketed words with the symbol. Thank you for your continued interest, prayers and messages of encouragement.

Adorably Caffeinated

Dear Barney, Robin, Lily, Marshall & Ted:

You used to make me laugh every week. We had some great moments, you and me. Those times I almost peed my pants. The episodes I watched over and over again. The Pineapple, the Duel, the Slutty Pumpkin, the Goat… Sandcastles in the Sand and Let’s Go to the Mall had me rolling on the floor. All the hints and flash forwards kept me interested, trying to figure out if we had met the mother yet and who she could be. Every week I would be so excited for the new episode. And then you started changing on me.

The focus shifted. It was no longer about Ted. And frankly, that was okay. Lily, Marshall, Barney & Robin had become more interesting. Ted, you started getting on my nerves. This break up is mostly your fault. You can’t complain about how you want…

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