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May 18, 2009

Two traveling Angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room.

Instead the Angels were given a space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older Angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger Angel asked why, the older Angel replied..."Things aren't always what they seem."


The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the Angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning, the Angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.
The younger Angel was infuriated and asked the older Angel, "How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him" she accused. "The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die."

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older Angel replied. "When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it.
Then last night, as we slept in the farmers bed, the Angel of Death came for his wife. I gave her the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later.


Think about this:

    * Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight: just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

        * Should you find yourself stuck in traffic: don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

    * Should you have a bad day at work: think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months.

    * Should you despair over a relationship gone bad: think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

        * Should you grieve the passing of another weekend: think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for $15.00 to feed her family.

    * Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

    * Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror: think of the cancer patient in chemotherapy who wishes she had hair to examine.

        * Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking "what is my purpose": be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.

    * Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities: remember things could be worse. You could be them!!!

  * Should you decide to send this to a friend, you might brighten someone's day!

Two Angels

 


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Posted: May 18, 2009 1:20pm
Apr 30, 2009

     American flag - I never knew this
 

 
Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin

All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our 'GOD GIVEN' rights and freedoms.

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I hope you take the time to read this .... To understand what the flag draped coffin really means ... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

 

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.


The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.


The 5th fold is a tribute to the country,
for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.'


The 6th fold is for where people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

 

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who
entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

 

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the
seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

 

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.


The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are ! uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, 'In God We Trust.'

 
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the
symbol of ' Liberty and Freedom.'


MAYBE THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD READ THIS EXPLANATION BEFORE THEY RENDER THEIR DECISION ON THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
FORWARD IT; MAYBE SOMEONE WITH THE NECESSARY POWER, OR POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL INFLUENCE, WILL GET IT TO THEM.

IN THE MEANTIME, MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS.

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
 


 
 
 
  
 

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Apr 30, 2009

“The capacity to rise above temptation is the essence of freedom. One is simply not free to serve, to do the right, when one gives in to the temptation to stay in power; that is, when it becomes a compulsion to do whatever is most popular.”
~ M. Scott Peck

“It is strange that in our praying we seldom ask for a change in character, but always a change in circumstances.”

“Good manners are made up of small sacrifices.”

“Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good.”
~ Calvin Coolidge

“Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with.”

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”

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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 7:50pm
Apr 27, 2009

One in Four Mammals at Risk of Extinction

Kimberly Johnson
for National Geographic News
October 6, 2008

One in four of the world's 5,487 known mammal species face extinction, according to a new conservation "report card" unveiled today.

Marine mammals face even steeper odds, with one in three species at risk of disappearing, according to the study.

The assessment, done as part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN's) Red List of Threatened Species, took more than 1,700 experts from 130 countries five years to complete.

The report's findings were released today in conjunction with this week's IUCN meeting in Barcelona, Spain, and will appear later this week in the journal Science. "Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide," the study authors wrote.

(See photos of animals on the new list.)

Humans are mostly to blame, as habitat loss, pollution, and hunting continue to squeeze at-risk species.

Under Threat

The new report updates the last IUCN survey conducted in 1996 and adds 700 species not previously assessed.

"Perversely, the species that humans show greatest affinity toward—the largest mammals such as primates, big cats, and whales—are significantly more likely to be threatened with extinction," Barney Long, a biologist at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C., said in an email.

Some of the most threatened species are found in Asia, a region undergoing rapid human population and economic growth.

"This is leading to habitat loss due to agricultural expansion; development of infrastructure such as roads, which fragment critical landscapes; and increasing areas for industrial crops such as oil palm and pulp for paper," said Long, who helped create the new assessment.

Currently, 79 percent of Asia's primate species face extinction.

 

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