In a mountain village in Europe a
long time ago, a nobleman wondered what
gift he could present to his townspeople.
At last he decided to build them a church.
No one saw the complete plans for
the church until it was finished.

When the people gathered,
they marvelled at it's beauty.
Then someone asked,
"But where are the lamps?
How will it be lighted?"

The nobleman pointed to some
brackets in the walls,
then he gave them each family a lamp,
asking them to bring these
with them each time
they came to worship.
"Each time you are in church,
the area where you are
seated will be lighted,"
the nobleman said.
"Each time you are not here,
that area will be dark.

This is to remind you that whenever
you fail to come to church,
some part of God's house will be dark."

Author Unknown

The Power of Prayer

The day was long, the burden I had borne
Seemed heavier than I could longer bear,
And then it lifted-but I did not know
Some one had knelt in prayer.
Had taken me to God that very hour,
And asked the easing of the load, and
He, in infinite compassion,
had stooped down and taken it from me.

We cannot tell how often as we pray
For some bewildered one,
hurt and distressed,
The answers comes, but many times
those hearts find sudden peace and rest.
Some one had prayed, and Faith,
a reaching hand,
Took hold of God, and brought Him
down that day!

So many, many hearts have need of
prayer: Oh, let us pray



YOUR LIFE is Jesus to someone,
though tattered and torn it may be.
Though often times weak and unstable,
you are all of God someone will see.

YOUR TONGUE is Jesus to someone.
That idle, insensitive word
reflects to at least one searching heart
an idle, insensitive Lord.

YOUR GOALS are Jesus to someone.
What you put first, they believe,
are the goals of God for the Christian.
Your life is all they receive.

YOUR FAITHFULNESS... that's Jesus to someone.
Their judgement of how God is true,
rests unquestionably in the faithfulness
they see day by day in you.

YOUR LOVE is Jesus to someone--
that someone who is seeking to know
that Jesus will follow and guide and
befriend wherever in life they might go.

SO BEWARE lest others blaspheme
God by what you say or do,
for the only Jesus that someone knows
is the Jesus they see in you.


God be Good to You

GOD be good to you
In all your days;

God be kind to you
In all your ways.

GOD give strength to you
When crosses lean;

God give light to you
The clouds between.

GOD give peace to you
In times of strife;

God bless everything
That fills your life.

GOD send joy to you
When grief is o'er

God make way for you
At Heaven's door.


If you . . .Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical,
and self-centered; forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, People may accuse
you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
there may be jealousy;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

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