Friday, January 18, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/18/10
“God enters by a private door into every individual.”  (Emerson)  I like the campfire song, ”He’s got His eye on you, He’s got His eye on you.  My Lord, sittin’ in the Kingdom, He’s got His eye on you.”  That’s a sobering (but also a comforting) thought…knowing that God is aware of “our situation,” and personally cares.  “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen” are the first words of a spiritual…followed by this assurance “Nobody knows but Jesus.”   ;-)  Jack

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  I've always thought this line of thought was interesting. Not being sarcastic... really.   To me it’s the premise of religion that “man” must have a “entity” that ...always has an eye on you....for a variety of purposes such as noticing when good and bad behavior occurs or that intervention occurs to help.  Jean Piaget wrote about objective and subjective morality. I guess if an entity is needed for s person to do good deeds or be punished, that’s ok with me because the end behavior is what really matters.===JACK:  It's a kind of anthropomorphism...giving human characteristics to help understand non-humans.  God is sometimes shown as friendly or judging grandfather type.  An eye (he sees); a pointing finger (he knows).  Christians believe that Jesus is God, in human form, letting people know that he understands what it's like to be human and showing humans how to act in a Godly was.  That's called, incarnation, God "in the flesh."  I've probably written more than you want to read...and there's more...  As a professor on mine once said,"You can't unscrew the inscrutable."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  It’s scary to think God is watching every second.  A lot of things we do we don’t want him to see....but he does see.  What’s comforting is he loves  all of us anyway!  Even when he sees us talking smack, being very nasty to our loved ones, just being terrible to each other!  And our thoughts, Boy that’s another thing!  And he still died for us!  Amazing Grace and Love!! ===JACK:  "He sees you when you're sleeping.  He knows when you're awake.  He knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake."

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Out of over 7 BILLION people in the world, God knows each one intimately. (Mind blowing) ===JACK:  ...even the non-Christians?  Something for you to talk about at CBSF

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  How true that is.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/17/19
“He had myopia.  The future lay before him, inevitable, but invisible.”  (John Green)  The news is out that our galaxy is scheduled to catastrophically collide with another galaxy…in 4 billion years.  There’s a psychological truism, “Life goes better when we seek to control those things we can control, our conduct, our emotions, green-house gasses.  The path of galaxies and potential collisions??? I sing with Doris Day, “Que sera, sera.”  It’s all in God’s hands.   ;-)  Jack

FROM DR PHIL:  Wow. This is one of your best quotes===JACK: Sometimes I see myself as the Holy Spirit's amanuensis...and sometimes, not!===PHIL:  cum se cum sa ===JACK:  Google says:
 Neither good nor bad; so so; tolerable, passable, indifferent.  The Bible says:  " So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth."  (Rev 3:16)

FROM JF IN NOVA SCOTIA:  I was half awake this morning with this thought (prompted by recent and I felt unfair negative letters to our editor on Nurse Practitioners (may be called Doctors' Assistants in US) The world needs a better person than me--but I am what it has, so I need to do the best I can.===JACK:  I remember it being said of a person I knew..."He majored in minors."  I like these words by  James Truslow Adams..."There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us."

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Life is a bowl of cherries according to a song of old!===JACK:  1931 was when that song was released at the beginning of the Great Depression.  Ironic, right?



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/16/19
“What is permissible is not always honorable.”  (Cicero)  I wonder if Cicero’s mom ever said to him,. “Just because everybody jumps off of a cliff, does that mean you jump with them?”  It’s important to learn good decision-making early in life.  Knowing how to make good choices can dramatically affect our well-being…our friends, values, careers, work ethic.  Sociologists refer to  the herd mentality…”Everybody’s doing it!”  More importantly: “What will you do?”   ;-)  Jack 

FROM CH IN WB:  Just wanted to say I really enjoy your winning words and let you know my dad always used that jumping off a cliff example. He was quite a strict father and I think I'm better for it. ===JACK:  Blessed are those who have learned from others....How to make good choices.  How do you learn to make good choices?  Sometimes it's by making bad choices.  "I'll never do that again!"

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  As William Penn once said (and Bill quoted if on occasion) "Right is
right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if  everyone is for it." I'm reading Michelle Obama's book " BECOMING" and she stresses how her mother always made them make their own decisions, trusting that they would do the honorable and right thing. Might not work in every family, but it did for her and her brother!  Most of us know the right thing to do, and God does guide!  Good to think about Cicero's quote!===JACK:  Some people believe that we are born into a world as sinless beings.  In a sense that is true, except that we are "conceived and born in sin (into a sinful words)."  We already have two strikes against us, except for people (and situations) who happen to meet us along the way.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We took the 3 little grandkids to their basketball practice.  They had lessons one at a time do we were there 3 hours.  Middle granddaughter Melanie kept asking us if she could go play in the hallway “because all of her friends were out there!”  Well, we could hear the ruckus out there and knew it wasn’t the place for her.  One of my questions to her was “If your friends jumped off a bridge would you?” And of course she said yes.  So we (I) talked a little longer to set her in the correct path.  She’s very intelligent and very loving so it’s very easy to correct her.  But it’s funny how your quotes often hit right on spot.===JACK:  Maybe you used the wrong illustration.  To Melanie, jumping off of a bridge into water might sound like fun.  Perhaps better... If all of your friends decided to throw their iPhones into the river, would you?===JUDY:  You are correct!  She would love jumping off a bridge!

FROM ST PAUL IN MESA:  i am avoiding all cliffs today!  thanks.===JACK: You'd make a bad leader for lemmings.===PAUL:  i would just tell them to go on i will catch up with them later!

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Long ago when WWJD was popular, I changed it to WWJHMD -- what would Jesus have me do?  As you say, it's important to set values in place to live by, but also to ask what challenges the Lord might have for me to live outside of my comfort zone so that others may thrive.===JACK:  Do you know why Cicero would never join "the crowd" in a wearing WWJD bracelet?

FROM DAZ IN CO:  That is so applicable in our world today, but I guess if Cicero said it all those years ago, it was applicable then too. The more things change the more they are the same.  ===JACK:  Forgetting "politics," I'm distressed by the erosion of basic values in the world today... the acceptance of less than the best as being OK.===DAZ:  We do our best and change things we can change and endure those we can’t.===JACK:  ...and then let it go.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  AMEN to that!

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Yes life is all about making decisions each day! That is what makes it all so interesting!===JACK:  Yes, interesting! but they can sometimes be distressing at the same time.

FROM OPT MV:  I heard JFK’s mother Rose once said if it’s not illegal, it’s okay.===JACK:  Even though prohibition has ended, there are some churches that still use grape juice for Communion.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  "We have sinned against thee in thought, word, and deed...."    Many things that I think, I believe, are probably not permissible in regard to the "thought" aspect of that confession......they certainly are not honorable....e.g.   I despise the man sitting in the White House  ===JACK:  One of the "sins" is making judgment of others...but "word and deed" can be added to "thought" when it comes to the current White How.  Now, I join of people who kneel and confess: "Forgive me, Lord, for I have sinned."




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/15/19
“Forever is composed of nows.”  (Emily Dickinson)  In my home there’s a grandfather clock that goes…tick tock, tick tock…each tick and tock representing the passing of time, a collection of nows, as Emily calls them.  31,536,000 seconds in a year… and only God can count the seconds in forever.  ;-)  Jack

FROM TAMPA SHIRL  Time flies as we are living our lives!===JACK:  Almost 74 years since we were classmates at MHS.  Lots of water under the bridge....===SHIRL:  WOWI! Where have all those years gone? We are all still here for a reason

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Ah, one of my top 5 poets.  Helen Hayes played Emily in a one person play at the Fisher Theatre.  It was absolutely awesome.  I got a book of her poems when I was very young.  Now is the time...it will be too late later.     Our grandfather clock was destroyed in our Great Flood and never replaced.  I do miss it.  I bought it for Gary on our 10th anniversary out of grocery money I saved.  I made payments until I had it paid off.  Wow, that was 30 years ago.  How time flies.  Anyway, every minute is precious and should be lived to the fullest...just like Emily says!  Have a special day today!===JACK:  I wonder what poets "today's generation" will remember and quote,?  Eminem. Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Ice Cube?  Which one of those is your favorite?  ===JUDY:  Well, none of the above.  While I do think they are all talented, I really don’t care for their poems.===JACK:  You'd probably like The Beastie Boys, known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Ii love this idea, especially in times of trouble such as now with the federal government shut down.  Luther said, "How soon 'not now' becomes never".  Now is the time when strangers are helping strangers (in storms, in food pantries for those without paychecks, in local banks saying they'll defer mortgage payments) and now is the opportunity to be of service..  Thanks, Jack!  ===JACK:  There's an old saying..."This, too, will pass."  That "thought" applies to situations and to people, too.  God is forever.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  God's realm is by definition outside of the space/time continuum.... therefore, "forever" does not translate to that situation.....leaves us helpless to explain the whole business of God "breaking into" our world....e.g.   the Word became flesh and dwelt among us".....even Augustine couldn't peel through that one....if he couldn't, where does that leave me??? ===JACK:  Wasn't it Luther who said that when he came to a portion of the Bible that he didn't understand, he'd just tip his hat and move on to something else?  I do that with trying to understand space/time continuum.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  My class of '48, MHS, celebrated our 70th class reunion at a luncheon in MOline in September. Suppose it might be our last...unless some hale and hearty member plans
another one. We've met every 5 yrs. since graduation; used' to be a 3 day event! I too, have a grandfather clock that Bill made for my Christmas present one year. Beautiful and much cherished! The years seem to unroll faster and faster in our old age! I  try to take advantage of every
"now", as long as health and strength hold out! Life is really precious! Good quote by Emily D. today. I would have LOVED to see that one woman show  of her poetry!===JACK:  As the events of life come upon us (especially the unexpected ones)  we begin to appreciate the "nows" more and more.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/14/19
“If one sticks too rigidly to one’s principles, one would hardly see anybody.”  (Agatha Christie)  Agatha holds the record for the most copies sold of her books,,,over 2 billion…which means you’ve probably read one of them.   A Christie book that intrigues me is called, The Lonely God.  It’s about a god-like statue, tucked away on a museum shelf.  Some lonely people seek help from this God who understands “loneliness.”  What are you seeking from your God?   ;-)  Jack

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Unearned Salvation. Just accept Him as Lord and Savior. ===JACK:  You write that you are seeking "unearned" salvation, then follow it with "just accept."  Not to disagree...why not say that what I am seeking salvation, and I am amazed that it the free gift of God...and not dependent on what I say or do.  That's the basis of Luther's reformation message.  "It is by grace that we are saved...not by our works."  I'm not criticizing, but only pointing out the danger of making salvation dependent on what we say or do.

FROM SS IN MI:  Good question, usually I am seeking peace.===JACK:  There are different kinds of peace.  Freedom from war; peace in a troubled mind or situation; peace from national strife.  On Sunday, I heard someone say to another parishioner..."Pax vobiscum!"  I don't know if that's still used in the Roman Catholic mass, but it's Latin, for "Peace be with you!"

FROM BS IN ENGLAND:  I guess to walk along side me in all that I do and say!===JACK:  Perhaps you've heard of this spiritual song...
I want Jesus to walk with me
I want Jesus to walk with me
All along my pilgrim journey
I want Jesus to walk with me
In my trial, Lord, walk with me
In my trials, Lord, walk with me
When the shades of life are falling
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me
In my sorrow, Lord walk with me
In my sorrows, Lord walk with me
When my heart is aching
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me
In my troubles, Lord walk with me
In my troubles, Lord walk with me
When my life becomes a burden,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me

FROM LBP:  It’s taken me to my middle age to be ok boldly being “me.” The other day a friend was stressed out. I had been loving this new Christmas album I was listening to, so we had a spontaneous dance party in her office. We both laughed and got a little of that tension out. My kids think I’m odd but music makes me happy and sometimes you just need to tap or skip or jazz along ... even if it’s at Meijer ;)===JACK:  I have a hard time imagining you as middle-aged...but I don't have trouble imagining spontaneously dancing in an office or anyplace else.  I was in a church recently where dancers came down the aisle with candles to be placed on the Advent wreath.  I don't think of you as being odd...just un-usual....in the best sense of the word.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Quite amazing that her books are still being bought and read!  still think "Murder on the Orient Express" (1934!) is such a good one,and enjoyed the recent movie  remake of it. "The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side" in another intriguing one I remember (1964).
Involving a famous actress hosting a party in which a murder is committed.  I enjoy reading in the mystery Genre, Not familiar with The Lonely God, but would guess it is fascinating read!  right now I"m seeking the healing powers of God for my son who had a major heart attack, and watch care for my family! I know God watches over us! As Anne Lamott says, we only need two prayers: Help me, Help me, Help me, and Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!  That about does it, doesn't it??
===JACK:   As you pray and wait for healing, be assured that you are NOT alone.  Family and friends pray and wait beside you...and be comforted by the Word(s) of God: "I will never leave you nor forsake you.  "Our Father who art in heaven...Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Just to enjoy each day-especially since I am getting my stitches removed from my lip by the plastic surgeon!===JACK:  I've heard of a surgeon who prays before any work that he does in the operating room.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  What I would need and what I would want are two different things.  Our God has been very good to us but I could use strength, compassion and less anger.===JACK:  I think that God can help with the strength and compassion.  He might leave it to you with the anger control situation.  Where there's a WILL, there's a way.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/11/19
“Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”  (Spanish Proverb)  Martin Luther explained the commandment, “You shall not bear false witness,” by saying:  “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. ... but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way,”or, in other words,..Don’t gossip!…Don’t be a blabbermouth! or a dirt-disher! but  rather, deflect the negatives of the gossiper with positives about the gossipee.   ;-)  Jack

 FROM HONEST JOHN:  I love the term "gossippee"....it is a category that probably includes everyone who has ever lived!===JACK:  I "like" the gossipers in the Music Man, Eulalie and her group of biddies.

Music Man Pick-A-Little Ladies and Quartet - YouTube

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/10/19
“I’d rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.”  (L.M. Montgomery--Anne of Green Gables)  My father-in-law would often explain his actions by saying, “I am who I am.”  That expression seems to have its origin from the Bible when God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush, referring to himself as, “I am.”  “I Am” is God!    I have a place in this world, because God has put me here for a reason.  Ridiculous or sensible, I am who I am, because “I Am” has made a place for me.    ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i am recklessly sensible at all costs.===JACK:  Yes, it is possible to be reckless and sensible at the same time, just as it is possible to be cautious and foolish at the same time.  Your choice is the better, IMO.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Also a saying of Popeye!===JACK: Popeye uses, “I yam what I yam” as a description of why he behaves in the manner in which he behaves. He’s saying that such behavior reflects his basic nature..

FROM ST PAUL IN MESA:  a rather profound thought for today,  Jack.  thanks!===JACK:  The profound thought is that...Wherever I am, I AM is with me.

FROM LBP:  Try, “good morning” by Max Frost
Max Frost - Good Morning [Music Video] - YouTube
===JACK:  I like it!


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/9/19
“Pobody’s nerfect!”  (Eleanor Shellstrop--The Good Place TV Show)  Many people believe that Heaven is where the good go after they die.  Biblically speaking, Eleanor’s right, “There’s none righteous.” (Ps 53).  So, going to Heaven isn’t of our own doing.  It is by the grace of God, thru faith.  If I were a seminary prof, I’d have my students watch The Good Place on Netflix; then write 100 times: “Pobody’s nerfect!” followed by “We are saved by Grace alone, not by works.”    ;-) Jack

FROM JT IN SJ:  I really liked this winning word ===JACK:  Hou yave a bunny fone

.FROM HONEST JOHN:  And that grace is a transforming grace...Rom. 13:2===JACK:  "Change and decay all around, I see.  O Thou who changest not, abide with me."

Monday, January 07, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/7/19
“Old rockin’ chair’s got me, my cane by my side.  I ain’t goin’ nowhere, just sittin’ here grabbin’ at the flies.”  (Hoagy Carmichael)  Great Christmas cards this year!  Beautiful pictures and messages…one even included “rocking chair exercises.”  Yes, you don’t have to invest in a Boflex or NordicTrack.  President JFK eased his back pain by a daily rocking chair routine.  I’ve been told that another good exercise is to get down on your knees to pray.  The hard part comes when you try to get up after the prayer.   ;-)  Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  We love to rock.  We both have Lazy Boy Rocker/Recliners.  A hospice worker who helped with my mom told us they considered the rocker/recliners death chairs.  Most elderly persons who died at home were in them.  I would say they passed away comfortably.  My mom lived in one for about 9 months.  She loved her chair.    As for kneeling, haven’t done that in years....but I would if I could!  There’s something about kneeling and praying that is special.  But God hears them whether you’re kneeling or not!  Thank you God!===JACK:  My Methodist pastor friend has a license plate that reads...GOD ROX.

FROM VK IN MI:  Love all ur messages.  Start the day with them.  Ur message of today is perfect for “seniors “.  Hope all is going well with you ===JACK:  Back pain is a pain at whatever age.  JFK was in his mid-40s when he used rocking chair therapy.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/4/19
“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:  this is the ideal life.”  (Mark Twain)
What’s your idea of the ideal life?  Did Mark forget to include good health, plenty of money and a warm climate?  Or, maybe he thought that friends, books and a calm mind counted more!  Try this out on some friends today.  “What’s your idea of the ideal life?”  Any surprises?   ;-)  Jack

 FROM HONEST JOHN:  To know that you are loved...all else falls in place if that is true... ===JACK:  Mark Twain was married to his wife, Olivia. for 34 years, until she died.  How long have you been married?===JOHN:  We have been married for over 45 years...I made it to 34 before I got married...I have been lucky to have been loved for all my life...by someone(s).     Of course, the Love of God is the ultimate for life

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  I truthfully don’t believe there is an ideal life as our lives are so complicated these days.  Maybe in bygone eras people could sit on their porches and visit with neighbors or one another; find time to play games in the evening. I think we need to learn to make time for our spouse, our children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.  To find time to listen to one another, share thoughts and dreams…when do you hear of people talking about their dreams anymore?  We all run around in our little circles of life trying to stay ahead of ‘something’.  I’d love to sit and read good books, do handwork or visit with a family member or friend, but find myself trying to stick to a schedule to stay ahead of what might pop up that needs doing.  Wishing you your ideal day!===JACK:  OK, you've listed some frustrating negatives...Now, look back over the past year and name the blessed times that you've spent with husband, children, grandchildren, friends and even strangers.  Knowing you...there have been those times.  You always seem to make time for those you love.  Ideal doesn't necessarily mean, perfect!===QC:  Yes, there are the positives – quilt retreats with friends, camp with two youngest grandsons in the summer, trip around Lake Superior with Bob this fall, helping our oldest granddaughter make a quilt for her other grandpa as a surprise, spending weekends with our kids, family holiday dinners, the joys of hearing our youngest granddaughter talk about her first teaching position…and some of the bad things that happen with it, hearing the joy in our oldest granddaughter’s voice telling me she got a new job in Duluth and would be moving soon.  I guess I shouldn’t forget the wonderful times, but I guess that I wish there would be more of them!   You mean I can’t have a perfect life???? HA!  Thanks for straightening me out once again!
===JACK:  When your cup overfloweth, maybe it’s time to say, “That’s enough!”  But. That doesn’t seem to be your nature, nor mine.

FROM PASTY PAT:  New Year's blessings, Pastor Freed  --- and thank you for another year of WW. It's one of my "touchstones" when I'm wandering about the world. 2018's travels included a Habitat Build in Portugal, a mission trip to Uganda, and of course the olive harvest in Palestine. Re Mark Twain, I guess I'd substitute "doing some good" or something similar for "a quiet conscience". I'd hate to think I just took up space and used up oxygen and resources while I was here. But I'm having every-other- Sat. coffee with friends today and will ask the question.😊===JACK:  I seem to remember when you made your first trip to Palestine...and what a satisfying adventure it was!  A lot of water has gone under the bridge since that time.  You have no sleepy conscience, that's for sure!
===PAT:  Yes --- no one has been more surprised than I at the ensuing chapters.===JACK:  Amazing things start to happen when God gets involved with your life.

FROM JT IN SJ:  Loved your ww for today  Any surprises???  You tell me!!!  A very very good surprise!😍===JACK:  Last evening daughter J was backing out of the driveway and noticed a lady on the ground two houses down.  She drove over to see what was wrong.  The woman had slipped on the ice, fallen and couldn't get up.  After checking to see if everything was OK, J helped her to her feet, gave her a hug and drove off.===JT:  NI CE.  A Good Samaritan!!===JACK:  Yes, the Good Sam in 21st century garb!

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I agree that good health and enough money to live comfortably are
essential to enjoying life. Good books, love of family and friends and work to do to make a slight difference in your little corner of the world also are so needed.  We all have made our peace
perhaps in not expecting life to be Perfect...but I'd have to say mine is blessed in many ways!!! So thankful. Happy New Year, Jack, to life "as it is"!!===JACK:  Being able to "move on" is essential, too.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/3/19
“I haven’t got the slightest idea how to change people, but I still keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should figure it out.”  (David Sedaris)  I first heard of Sedaris on NPR.  Funny man!  He had trouble getting thru various colleges; yet, he was asked to be Princeton’s commencement speaker..  Today’s WWs show the edge of his humor.  You might know some “smart” people who don’t necessarily have a fancy degree after their name.   ;-)  Jack

FROM PRAW:  thanks for each of your messages...you are smart and you do have a few degrees after your name.Blessings to you.===JACK:  You have the same letters after your name.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Imagine that...a list of people to change! I love it and I have a long list too!  Funny!!!===JUDY: Some think that people who has a fascination for privies are funny, too!

FROM DAZ IN CO:  There are some smart people and then there are also some educated people with fancy degrees after their names.===JACK:  I'm glad for the experience of working in a factory where I met some very smart people who learned a lot at the College of Hard Knox.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  The quirky Sedaris has also written some books; He can get his points
across with humor. As we get older, I think changing ourselves is about all we can handle! :-) ===JACK:  Yes, self change is not easy!

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Jack’s Winning Words 1/2/19
“New Year’s Resolutions; why we fail in Detroit.”  (Patch Newsletter)  San Francisco comes out 1st in a “success rate” of keeping “resolutions.”  Detroit is 178.  Various factors account for this.  Kinds of food available is one.  Debt affects diet; so does unemployment, smoking and heavy drinking.  No matter the city, resolutions can be kept with a desire for a new life-style.  “I will exercise daily and eat healthy for 45 days!”  Adding a time-line leads to a pattern.   ;-)  Jack

Monday, December 31, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/31/18
“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.”  (Henry Moore)  “I will…” instead of, “I’d like to...”  Usually, if I want to do something, I do it.  The procrastination list is for stuff that can wait until the last minute.  How about you?  Try making a daily “I WILL DO…list” and see if that works!  (Oops..just remembered..time for 2nd set of exercise reps.. back in 15)…I’m back, and it works!  For resolutions?  One day at a time, Sweet Jesus goes the song.   ;-)  Jack

FROM LS IN MI:  Yes!  Each day I awake, God willing, I, with the highest intention, make a new day resolution and commitment to myself. At the end of the day I give thanks for all that my day held and the 23rd psalm comforts me for I believe,  as I sleep and when I awake my life will be  as It should.  I give thanks to God.  May good health and joy bless you and your loved ones in 2019.
===JACK:  If we have "A Way of Life" ingrained in us, it becomes natural to follow that way without giving thought about "resolves."  It's just the way I live!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Your “Will Do” list is kind of like my “Daily Goal”.  I have to accomplish my daily goal I set for myself each day.  Now, yo be truthful, I haven’t been sticking to my goals lately because life sometimes gets in the way.  But, when I’m home, there is a daily goal.  Sometimes it very simple and sometimes it very difficult and takes a few days.        Have a very Happy and Blessed New Year!!  God bless you!===JACK:  For the new year, place an I WILL DO in front of your daily goal, with some !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! after it.

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  One of Bob's cousins shared this tonight.  I don't know the author, but it has some wonderful thoughts.
ONE TREE CAN START A FOREST;
ONE SMILE CAN BEGIN A FRIENDSHIP;
ONE HAND CAN LIFT A SOUL;
ONE WORD CAN FRAME THE GOAL;
ONE CANDLE CAN WIPE OUT DARKNESS;
ONE LAUGH CAN CONQUER GLOOM;
ONE HOPE CAN RAISE YOUR SPIRITS;
ONE TOUCH CAN SHOW YOU CARE;
ONE LIFE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE;
BE THAT ONE TODAY AND THIS COMING YEAR!!
Happy New Year
===JACK:  What a great thought for taking with us into the new year!

FROM EILEEN:  Good idea to make a commitment to get certain important tasks done, appreciate the idea, lefts see if I can stick to...===JACK:  I'm often good at giving advice.  I need to remind myself that the advice is for me, too.


Friday, December 28, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/28/18
"If at the end of the year, if I can say I had fun, it was a good year.”  (Simone Biles) Perhaps you remember Simone as the 2016 Olympic gold medal gymnast.  She was exciting; so were her teammates.  It was a fun-time.  Looking back on 2018, we can recall some fun times and maybe some not-so-fun times.  Life goes on.  It was like that for Simone.  She’s unwilling to let the “Nasser situation” define her.  She’s moved on.  2019 can be moving-on-time for us.   ;-)  Jack

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  I have a friend who can’t move forward because she keeps looking back.  She’s often very negative in her thinking because of this…and a little lack of self worth too. I’m hoping her new grandchild will help see there is a happy future!  Happy New Year!  How much longer will you be in MN? Or are you already back home and missing out on our crazy rainy, snowy,  slushy weather?===JACK:  The weather is how we see it.  So is the world.

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  I have a friend who can’t move forward because she keeps looking back.  She’s often very negative in her thinking because of this…and a little lack of self worth too. I’m hoping her new grandchild will help see there is a happy future!

Happy New Year!  How much longer will you be in MN? Or are you already back home and missing out on our crazy rainy/snowy/slushy weather?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/27/18
“Deal with the consequences of your actions, because life ain’t no video game.”  (Kraku, Hosaka & Kawabata)  The first video game I remember was Pong which evolved into The God of War, a game that gives players a sense of control (amid violence).  Life isn’t always like that.  It can seem completely beyond our control.  However, don’t be discouraged.  We can win the war of day-to-day living when we realize that God is on our side…My God and I!   ;-)  Jack

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/26/18
“Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; teach us to be patient and always to be kind.”  (Helen Steiner Rice)  In my Googling I came across Kindness.org, a group with a mission to inspire and motivate people to be kind to others and to publish stories of kindnesses shown.  During this season of Good Will, what are some examples of kindness that you have seen?  After all, “That’s (part of) what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!”   ;-)  Jack

Monday, December 24, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/24/18
“I love people who get excited about stars.”  (Helson Facebook picture)  A science program on NPR said this about stars: “There are more stars in the observable universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on earth!”  The Bible tells how one of those stars excited some wise men and guided them to Bethlehem.  It’s said that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.  On this Christmas Eve, let us offer our wishes and prayers to the creator of all stars!   ;-)  Jack

FROM LS:  .......And I give thanks for the star dust that is you, created and held by God, your creator,  in loving embrace. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ===JACK:  I like trees, but one of the drawbacks is that they block out my view of the stars.  Some people want it all!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Our deepest prayers of gratitude for our Savior who traded a cradle for a cross so we would live with Him forever!  CHRISTmas Blessings===JACK:  HE'll go down (has gone down) in history!

FROM SS AT HS:  Thank you and prayers for a star filled new year!===JACK:  Thanks for that nice Christmas present of prayers!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/21/18
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.  If we did not sometimes taste of adversity…”  (Anne Bradstreet)  Today’s the first day of winter.  What’s the weather like where you are?  …only 89 days ‘til spring.  Ahh!  But Anne is not writing about weather; her words are about life and its changes.  Others have written:  Every cloud has a silver lining, or At the end of the storm is a golden sky.  What do you think?  Have you experienced benefits from adversity?   ;-)  Jack

FROM BS IN ENGLAND:    I am so pleased that you are able to travel and enjoy being with family.  No doubt you have attended many carol concerts, as have I,  but they are so enjoyable.  Last Sunday we had the Nine Lessons and Carol Service.  The church was full and afterwards warmed mulled wine and mince pies served.===JACK:  I don't think that I've tasted mulled wine, and it's been a long time since I've had mince pie.  In my next life I plan on taking a trip to England...and maybe have mulled wine.

FROM JB IN OLV:  My niece who is a self proclaimed "pagan" would tell you that both Light and Darkness are good....and that the creator wouldn't have created them if we didn't need them.
Winter for us is a time of fires in the fireplace...reading long books...enjoying time at a much slower pace with our family and friends....at one time it meant skiing..though not now.  For me it is a time of introspection and listening to what is happening around me.  Neither B nor I have been interested in going South...we enjoy all the seasons.  I suppose even Vietnam had it's benefits for our marriage...when you start off being separated 6 mos after the ceremony you don't take your husband for granted..or at least I haven't. A  college professor called it the work of ;ife...all the stages and all that goes with living. But that's another discussion.===JACK:  Pagan, or not...God made the night, and he made the day...and it was good!  Even adversity can turn out for the good...given enough time.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Absolutely!  It’s what makes life life!  “God did not promise joy without pain”.. we make it through knowing there is a rainbow waiting”===JACK:  I've often used this poem at funerals.  It was written by Annie Johnson Flint.
God hath not promised skies always blue,  Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,  Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
  But God hath promised strength for the day,  Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,    Unfailing sympathy, undying love

FROM B & M:  Thank you so much for your "winning words" over the year.  Personally, they are inspiring for us.  There is a sailor's saying, "that a red sky at night is sailor's delight, but a red sky in morning is a sailor's warning".. This was very true out at sea and along the coast.  Out here in Colorado land it does not apply.===JACK:  So many great memories associated with your family.  Thanks for resurrecting them in my mind.

FROM ST PAUL IN MESA:  this was a good one,  Jack.  thanks!      it is supposed to be in the high 60s here today and if the sun comes out,  it will surely go higher.  blessings on your day,===JACK:  It's not quite 60 in Minnesota, but our hearts are warm!

FROM JH ON THE DETROIT RIVER:  Warm wishes for a blessed Christmas.  Warm regards ==JACK:  It's on the 2019 "Bucket List" to get down to see you at "the refuge."

FROM TRIHARDER:  If we had no winter, There would be no skiing, sledding,  ice skating, snow shoeing, snow ball fights, snow men, glaciers, polar bears ...===JACK:   My fondest memories are of winter.  Summer recollections: sweat, flies, sunburn, hand-held cardboard fans...

FROM BREX:  That's a good word on the shortest day of the year.  A Blessed Christmas, Jack! ===JACK:  I guess that also makes it the longest night.  I tend to like daylight best.  And, if it were up to me...I'd do away with Daylight Saving Time (Fake-Time).

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  you cannot taste w/o tasting sour...===JACK:  Is that a fact?

FRO PRAW IN ILLINOIS:  89  days to spring is not so much.l We have a  trailer dealer in Decatur who posts a sign and changes the numbers every day as a count-down to spring.   I pass the sign nearly every day and thank God.===JACK:  Somebody has been posting on Facebook...the number of days until the Cubs' Opening Day baseball game.

FROM HAPPY TRAILS IN NOVA SCOTIA:  My Dad's standing weather prediction was "clouds in the sky and the sun shining through." Took me a while to realize it was about life.  All the best to you and your wonderful family. We will be blessed to have our new/second refugee family and some other team members at our home Christmas Day. It's a mother from Liberia with four children. She has been through two wars and told me of times there were so many bodies lying on the street that she had to step over them instead of walking around them.===JACK:  Thanks for that real-life refugee story.  At Christmastime we recall how "the Holy Family" were refugees fleeing into Egypt.  I think of the Emma Lazarus words...“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,  The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,  I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.  Thanks for living them out in your community.

FROM AA:  I always say when one door closes another door opens===JACK:  When I was going door to door in the process of looking for prospects for the new church I was trying to start,  I knew that if I stopped at 10 houses I would get 1 prospect...100 houses, 10 prospects.  I did not become discouraged by 9 "not interested" answers, because I had met 9 new people, and the next one would be a "winner."

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/20/18
“Some business owners are saying that this could be the greatest Christmas ever.  I always thought that the first one was.”  (Art Fettig)  Some interesting notes – 1. Over 1 trillion dollars will be spent by Christmas shoppers.  2. Self-giving is a major part of the buying.  3. More and more shopping is being done online.  It’s head-scratching to see how Christmas has evolved.  From something so simple as a birth in a barn, hardly noticed, to what it is today?   ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I think of how it has evolved  here in America since I was a kid....we got one present...usually not a big deal....we didn't have a Christmas Eve or Christmas service....only a "piece" to recite on the Sunday before Christmas....put up our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve....almost always had snow on the ground for good sledding....===JACK:  I remember most the Christmases when we, as a family, went out and cut down our own Christmas tree, tied it to the top of our car, and drove back home, just like the Griswolds in  Christmas Vacation.  I, too, memorized "a piece" for the Sunday School program.

FROM CJS IN WI:  I agree Jack the first Christmas was the best ever.  Without Jesus this world would be dark.  Merry Christmas!  Love your Winning Words!===JACK:  As the saying goes...
"Jesus is the reason for the season!"

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  Yeah - as a numbers guy, I figured that just two percent of that trillion would probably be enough to keep the 20 million that are starving in Yemen alive. We told the kids that this year we we taking some of the money we would normally spend on gifts and giving it to ELCA world hunger relief in their names. We have so much, and so many have so little.  Merry Christmas, Jack. May your gifts be contentment, comfort and happiness.===JACK:  The beginnings of our "system of values" usually begins in the home.  Thanks for being a family that is trying to make this world a better place.

FROM NO IN MI:  Today's WW reminds me of a sermon T and I recently listened to.  It's called "It's Not Your Birthday" in a series called Advent, by Ashley Wooldridge.  Ashley is one of two young teaching pastors at our favorite church in AZ, called Christ Church of the Valley.  I know you already have plenty of resources, but if you ever want to check out some great stuff, you could google their website and have access to amazing sermons, music, etc.  This church has nine campuses around the Phoenix area with a combined average attendance of 30,000 per week.  They are doing amazing ministries there, and we can't wait to be part of it all when we get there in January.  Anyway, I just had to share this with you.  Thanks for your WW.  We look forward to reading every day and sharing with friends.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.===JACK:  Some of the larger churches are able to put on amazing Christmas programs, but one that I remember was the time that a Sunday School shepherds was walking down the church aisle, and his grandma said out loud, ""He's wearing my bathrobe!"

FROM OPTIMISTIC MATT:  Merry Christmas Jack. I’m thankful for you and your daily Winning Words.===JACK:  I wonder if the internet is one of God's gifts?  It certainly allows us to have more contact with family and friends.  Christmas is a good time to be thankful for the many gifts that we so often take for granted.  God is good!

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  Love that one!===JACK:  Did you ever celebrate Sancta Lucia's Day in your home?  Were you ever the one wearing the crown of candles?===MARLYS:  No, I don’t think it was popular then, but even if it was, my Dad was the Swede.  His mother died when he was 6 so I’m sure he didn’t know about a lot of Swedish traditions that we now do.  Mom was Norwegian and Danish and they did not have Lucia.  I was in the Lucia Court when I was at Gustavus tho.  That was fun.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I totally agree with Art!  As fun as it is to see the grandkids open their gifts, it’s nothing compared to why we open gifts!  We make sure they know Why we celebrate Christmas!!===JACK:  Christmas is a lot like Easter.  It's more than a "one-day" event.  Every day is a day to celebrate that God became human, that God promise life beyond this life.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Excellent quote! I am one of those shoppers, and every year I swear to
simplify, and yet keep buying for all my family, in addition to Xmas money!  I do give to charities, church, and one man in prison (son of a pastor friend,  who has died) but yes, how did it come to this?! People like me! :-(===JACK:  At some time you must have memorized Hebrews 13:3.

FROM ST PAUL IN MESA:  sadly,  the true meaning is still "hardly noticed" by many...===JACK:  In reality. it only matters to those who believe it matters.===SP:  that was almost profound,  Jack. ===JACK:
I SAW JESUS TODAY HERE IN MINNESOTA
WE PULLED UP TO THE RED LIGHT,
WAITING FOR THE GREEN
THERE HE WAS STANDING AT THE CORNER
WITH A SIGN IN HIS HAND. 
I COULDN’T SEE THE PRINTING
THERE WAS NO TIME TO LOOK AT HIS FACE,
BECAUSE THE LIGHT TURNED GREEN,
AND WE HAD TO BE ON OUR WAY
TO WHEREVER WE WERE GOING.

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  Today I went to a Minnesota Orchestra Concert—it was called Minnesota Christmas.  We sang Christmas Carols, there was story telling by Kevin Kling and a quartet, they showed the story by projecting pictures behind the Orchestra.  If you have been to Orchestra Hall, they have big box shaped things for acoustics on which they projected wrapping paper—it changed periodically.  The whole concert was just fantastic.  They sang a version of the Halleluia Chorus that had everyone laughing out loud.  How lucky am I to have all these wonderful things to go to!===JACK:  I went there a couple of weeks ago to a Thrivent-sponsored Christmas Concert featuring the same orchestra.  Fantastic!

FROM JT IN ST JOE:  Good morning Jack   I agree the first was a greatest!  Last evening a group of us went across the street to the senior living apartment and celebrated Christmas with a some who live there.  True Christmas event ===JACK:  Christmas come but (more than) once a year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/19/18
“You can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”  (Ronald Reagan)  I read of a “grandma” who was living in poverty because she was answering every request for money received from “needy” groups.  Recently, I got a publication which rates most charities on how they use their funds…A-B-C or D.  It’s been a helpful tool when it comes to making choices.  The ELCA and the Salvation Army have good ratings.  Pies have only so many slices.   ;-)  Jack 

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  The publication that rates charities is very revealing.  I subscribe to the publication too, and have been shocked in some cases, how much of the money is distributed within the collecting organization, and how little gets to the charity itself.  It's shameful!  Regarding the charity contributors, I like your analogy...pies have only so many slices.===JACK:  Life is often like that.  Some seem to get more (and others, less) than they deserve.  But, I think that God has a way of sorting things out in the end.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Thanx, Jack. We have learned to not to try to help everyone who comes along. We just don't have the resources.===JACK:  It's as my mother-in-law would say to her children when they would come to her with dilemmas..."Do the best you can!"

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  Add St. Pauls Union Gospel Mission to that.  Also Feed my Starving Children.  I agree—that list is very helpful.===JACK:  There are so many "worthy" causes.  Thanks for introducing me to two of them.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Your rating guide would be helpful! We receive so many appeals, all of which sound desperately needed!  You're right, you do what you can in your little corner of the world, and through missions, and legitimate concerns. I usually ck out those to whom I send donations!  But, true, everyone can help someone!!===JACK:  Some U.S. Presidents say words that live after them.  "We have nothing to fear but fear, itself," and "The buck stops here."  Reagan's words about helping people are as true to day as when he first spoke them...

FROM STARRY KNIGHT IN CA:  Yes on all 3 accounts!!!! ===JACK:   I think you've got it!

FROM ST PAUL IN MESA:  make mine Pecan...===JACK:  A friend was with me in a pizza place and asked the server how many slices in a pizza.  She said that there were eight.  "Cut it in to sixteen.  I'm hungry tonight!"

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  It’s so hard to want to send something to everyone.  We have our favorites who receive our funds.===JACK:  I know that if you had given all that you could give... and if some real need came up after that, you'd find a way.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/18/18
“Our children change us, whether they live or not.”  (Lois Bujold)  A lot has been written about parents influencing their children.  In what ways are you today because of past parental influence?  Now, think about how a child influences a parent…from the first crib cry to the adolescent crying for this toy, these clothes, this food.  Marketers know it!  Going in a different direction…ponder how this world has been changed by a child born in Bethlehem!   ;-)  Jack

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Both my mom and Bill's were sticklers for always telling the truth!  My children have influenced me to be a recycler and not to litter.  They recommend good books (usually non-fiction, like, "How Democracies Die", and The New Jim Crow" something that will edify me!)  Especially this time of year, the Christ child ushers in a time of extra concern and kindness to those in need.  We all "need a little Christmas" as Auntie Mame sang so well!===JACK:  It's amazing how our children still change us.===OAKS:  By the way I saw the movie GREEN BOOK yesterday, and
its the best thing I've seen all year.  Funny, and often very poignant, a black concert pianist, and an Italian driver of his tour car, set in early 60's. It's a Do NOT MISS!  (He's touring in the South... enough said...)

FROM DAZ IN COLORADO:  Very good!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/17/18
“Four stages of life:  1. You believe in Santa Claus  2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus  3. You are Santa Claus  4. You look like Santa Claus."  (Wall Plaque)  In the news recently was the story of a teacher who was fired because she told 1st graders that Santa Claus isn’t real.  But there was a real Santa Claus, a Saint, Nicholas, who lived in Greece centuries ago and secretly gave gifts to needy families.  I don’t think a teacher would be fired for telling that story.   ;-)  Jack

FROM WALMART REV:  Ho! Ho! Ho! 0;-)===JACK:  Have you ever been a Santa Claus with a beard and red suit?  I know that you've been a "Secret Santa" in the past.  How about this year?

FROM DR J:  ;-) I still believe!===JACK:  ...and do you still sit on Santa's lap?===DR J:  I’d break Santa I fear!!! ğŸŽ…

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I don't think she was fired for telling about St. Nicolas; It wasn't her place to enlighten 1st graders about there being no Santa Claus...that is a parent's prerogative!  My own kids believed for a few years after 1st grade...!===JACK:  My point is that we focus so much on the fictional that we miss the real.  The real is often the better story.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/14/18 
“It will be alright, and if not, it will soon be over.”  (Unknown)  “It’ll work out” is a phrase I often use when talking with someone about a problem.”  Experience has shown me that it’s true.  Facing up to a problem is a first step in arriving at a solution, often unforeseen.  Another step is realizing that a 3-minute egg takes 3 minutes.  The French say, “Il faut donner du temps au temps.” Give time to time…Don’t rush it; it’ll work out (usually)   ;-)  Jack

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Time does have a way of solving most problems.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  it is not all right to write “alright.”

FROM LBP:  The hosts of a podcast I listen to have this philosophy. They identify an end time for stressful things that is easy to relate to. A big presentation to give? "It will all be over by dinner time." A big project in the fall? "it will all be over by Thanksgiving" Not everything has an obvious end-time, of course, but when it does it can be helpful to put it in perspective.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/13/18 
“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.”  (Sydney J. Harris)  As a child, I recall being asked, “If you had 3 wishes..?”  My first would be, “I wish that I could have all of my wishes come true!”  Not satisfied with 3, I wanted it all.    Why is it that, though we have much, we want more?  …but wishing for a better world ain’t so bad!   ;-)  Jack

 FROM SP IN SP:  that is actually at the heart of Christian theology while also recognizing the sinfulness of humanity.===JACK:  Simul justus et peccator!

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  smart kid. i said the same thing!===JACK:  Did it work for you?  Not for me!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Change is painful but necessary.  It’s not always necessary and sometimes is down right dangerous....especially when trying to be “politically or religiously” correct.
   I myself always wished I had unending wishes!===JACK:  There's a song..."Wishing Will Make It So" and another song, "It Ain't Necessarily So."===JUDY:  There ya go!!  The two different aspects of change or wishes!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/12/18
“Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.”  (Unknown)  Have you ever wanted to be someone else …better looking…a better job…fewer problems?  I saw a couple of kids running up and down some stairs…while I was looking for the railing.  I thought, “I’d like to be young again.”  Later I saw this headline…How To Love the Skin You’re In.  I expected an article about being satisfied with who you are; instead, it was an ad for Dove soap.   ;-)  Jack

 FOM BS IN ENGLAND:  Brilliant!  I'm  using Dove!===JACK:  So, you have Dove in England?  You probably have a McDonalds, too.

FROM SP IN SP:  your skin has served you well, Jack.  i could say the same about mine.  i think most people sometimes dream about their youth but, truth be told,  would you really want to go back and start over again?  that is a fascinating question in my mind.===JACK:  If I knew then what I know now?  Yes and no!

FROM CJS IN WI:  I always enjoy your Winning Words so much.  You inspire me.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Ha! Funny. Especially when we're young, we sometimes envy attributes of others, but as the saying goes, when older, you get comfortable with what you have, and are. Love this saying!  Being an identical twin put us somewhat in the spotlight; we were noticed, and of course came to like that attention!  We were never shy!  Like snowflakes, we're all unique; even twins! ===JACK:  Today's social media emphasizes that you MUST be young and beautiful.  STRESS!!

FROM GUSTIE MARLYS:  Funny!  I know what you mean about hunting for the railing.  I used to marvel when I watched Clifford take 2 steps at a time!  Don’t know how he did it!===JACK:  Many churches have people stand, rather than kneel, for communion.  Too hard for many to get up.  CAN was younger then, but recall his hyper-ness.===GM:  We really do neither.  We do communion by the intinction method.  We have to commune the whole congregation and fit the whole service into an hour.  We have 4 services on a Sunday.  The parking lot is kind of a disaster if we run over.  Ha!  It really works well.===JACK:  Jesus served communion while sitting at a table.  Intinction is another way.  Whatever works.  It's not "the way" but the meaning behind "the way."

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I always wanted perfectly white teeth.  But I have all mine so I’m happy with off white.  I laughed about the Dove soap ad!!===JACK:  An ad promises that if you use their product, your teeth will be white as snow!  The Bible says something about the stain of sin being made white as snow.===JUDY:  I would definitely rather have my sins washed white as snow!  Thank you Jesus!

FROM PRAW IN IL:  Bah! Humbug.===JACK:  So you're tired of looking young and beautiful.....!

FROM JT IN SJ:  ha ha  That is good.  Yes I think it would be good to be younger.....prettier...more mobile....well let's see, must be even  more benefits.  But then it's not so bad.  I'm happy, glad where  in my life!  It's all good.===JACK:  Stay the way that you are.  Good advice for most people.
===JT:  More!  "Funny Prayer about Getting Old at the Caregiver of the Year Dinner" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/vPFCn3itBFE

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/11/18
“Nobody goes through life without a scar.”  (Carol Burnett)  I’m reading C.B.’s book which describes her life in show biz.  As with most people, life has its bad times.  I have a knee scar which reminds me of a childhood fall.   You probably have scars, too.  …and there are mental scars…hidden from others…but we “see” them!  Carol sees her scars as reminders of what made her who she is today.  Robert Schuller wrote:  “Turn Your Scars Into Stars!”    ;-)  Jack

FROM LBP IN PTG:  I have a scar on my shin where a rooster attacked me. I learned to carry a rake.
===JACK:  That's a good one.  I can visualize.  A goose attacked me when I was a child.  Scary!  It only scarred my mind.  Don't get too close to Mother Goose!

FROM SP IN SP:  good words from Schuller but they didn't seem to do HIM any good.... kind of a sad ending to his story... ===JACK:  Yes, a sad ending by the world's measurement, but God has a way of turning our scars into stars...at least, that's my hope.  "It's not over 'til it's over" and we each stand before "the judgment throne."

FROM SF IN FLA:  Reminds me if the title of my nascent book, ‘Everyone Has a Story’. With your encouragement, I am moving it!===JACK:  "Nascent" is a good word. I guess that it could apply to each of us as we move out into the world today.  Keep working on that book.  I like the (possible) title: Everyone Has a Story."  Think of the many people that have been in your life and the story behind each one.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I have another saying by Schuller, "When the going gets tough, the tough, get going".Bill and I worshipped in the Crystal Cathedral once, so beautiful, and the sermon was tops, as was the music (Bill thought more "entertainment" than "worship"...). I also have his book "Horns into Halos". He had a way of saying and writing things that did get your attention. His faith was certainly tested in the end, with the brain tumor, and disintegration of that ministry!  Carol Burnett gave us so much fun and laughter, in spite of her sometimes sad personal life; She is an inspiration to laugh in spite of scars! (which we do all carry: Me, far fewer than others I've known!)===JACK:  I liked Schuller for a variety of reasons...Our ministries paralleled...We both started a new church at about the same time...I met him personally and talked with him, one on one...I liked his positive message and the way h e was able to hold his listener's attention...I like the fact that the Crystal Cathedral was an organized congregation (Churches that I've served have folded, too)...Illness has a way of "changing" family situations.  Having said that...the final judgment for each of us, including Robert Schuller,(and Carol Burnett) is God's.

FROM DAZ IN CO:  There are good scars from successful operations. I have a scar over a hole in my skull behind my right ear where they went in to fix nerves related to my Trigeminal neuralgia. That was a very painful condition which the operation cured. In fact, I look upon that as one of the many miracles in my life. ===JACK:  I remember the before and after of that situation.  Yes, some scars are worth it!

FROM DS IN SOCAL:  FROM DS IN SOCAL:  Strangely, I, just the other day showed MY knee scar from when I was about 7 years old.  Still looks the same 74 years later.===JACK:  Do you remember the days of basketball knee pads?  They saved me from having other knee scars.  They didn't prevent me from having a knee replacement.  Any b-ball injuries for you?

FROM JB IN OLV:  ....or wrinkles:)===JACK: For you, those are laugh lines.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Everyone has scars both inside and out because we go wildly through life.  We all have different ways of obtaining our scars but we all continue to survive!  With God’s help.===JACK:  Others see the outer scars, but we are the only ones aware of those unseen.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/10/18
“Laughter is the best medicine, and the cool thing is, you can’t o.d. on it, and the refills are free.”  (Rob Paulsen)  I’ve read that laughter can aid in healing for sick people.  One suggestion was to bring a “whoopee cushion” to the hospital when visiting a friend, and put it on the chair before the doctor comes in for his consultation.  Of course, that will depend on the doctor’s sense of humor.  Also, it is said that having a good sense of humor helps people live longer.   ;-)  Jack

FROM SP IN SP:  i recall a study that said laughter relaxes heart muscles.   so here is a joke.  where do pencils go for a vacation?  they go to Pencil-vania, of course:):):)    (Pennsylvania, just in case you didn't get it:):):).===JACK:  I always liked the song about the states…
Oh, what did Delaware, boys? Oh, what did Delaware?
Oh, what did Delaware, boys? Oh, what did Delaware?
Oh, what did Delaware, boys? Oh, what did Delaware?
I ask you now as a personal friend, what did Delaware?
She wore her New Jersey, boys. She wore her New Jersey.
She wore her New Jersey, boys. She wore her New Jersey.
She wore her New Jersey, boys. She wore her New Jersey.
I tell you now as a personal friend, she wore her New Jersey.
Other verse pairs include:
Oh, what does Iowa? She weighs a Washington.
Oh, what does Idaho? She hoes her Maryland.
Oh, what does Tennessee? She sees what Arkansas.
Oh, where has Oregon? She's gone to Oklahoma.
Oh, what did Massa-chew? She chewed her Connecti-cud.
Oh, how did Flori-die? She died in Missouri.
===SP: who sang that song?  was it Perry Como by chance?===JACK:  I learned the song at a YMCA Camp one summer, along with "I wear my pink pajamas."
===SP:  i NEVER wore pink pajamas.   but do you recall that song about camp that began with Hello Mutter, Hello Father,  here I am at Camp   something or other...
Allan Sherman - Hello Muddah Hello Faddah (1963) - YouTube
...and back to pajamas...since you always went to church camp, it's no wonder you missed on this one.  (Tune: Battle Hymn of Republic)
I wear my pink pajamas, in the summer when it's hot.
I wear my flannel nighties in the winter when it's not.
And sometimes in the springtime and sometimes in the fall,
I jump right in between the sheets with nothing on at all.
Chorus:
Glory, glory, Hallelujah;  Glory, glory, What's it to you?
Balmy breezes blowing through ya,  With nothing on at all.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  drs do not have humor, first of all, and bodily functions are not humorous. ===JACK:  OK.  I'll leave the cushion at home when I come for a visit.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  I like this "drug of choice"!===JACK:  Between Pepsi and Coca Cola, I choose Coke, first sold in "drug" stores.===JAN:  Since it had cocaine in it, that's where Coke belonged.===JACK:  Now, you'll be able to buy Mary Jane cookies in Michigan.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  You won't live too long after a beating from an irate Doctor!===JACK:  Here some actual names of doctors practicing dentistry...   Dr De Kay, Dr.Filler, Dr.Fear, Dr.Tusk, Dr. Drewel, Dr Les Plack, Dr.Fang, Dr.Hurter, Dr.Toothaker, Dr.Daryl B Payne, Dr.Smiley, Dr.Schotz, Dr. Spits, Dr. Yankum, Dr Screech, Dr. Phil Ing, Dr. McCavity.


FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  Thanx Jack. this will be in this week's Champions bible Study. ===JACK:  Most Bible readers laugh (or, at least. smile) when reading...Genesis 18:11-13.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I would put a whoopee cushion on my doctor’s seat but only after surgery!===JACK:  Some doctors do have a sense of humor.  I had my tonsils removed by a doctor who was my uncle.  Afterward, he gave me jar with my tonsils floating in some kind of liquid.  I wonder whatever happened to that jar?  My mom probably "ditched" it.===JUDY:  I imagine she did!  When Andy was born, I saw a lump in his mouth.  They took him back quickly to see the Dr.  He came in a few minutes later and said, “Mrs. Lenn, your baby has a tooffy!”===JACK:  Goofy! 

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Oh Yeah! I have a DR. with a terrific sense of humor, and Bill's heart surgeon, when he gave the surgery  report to me, said, "We had to do quite a lot of work on Bill's heart; We needed more veins than we could take out of one leg, so used some from his chest, as well. Since he's a hand ball player. we wanted him to have a one good leg to stand on!" :-)  My twin was a great one for turning any disaster into a funny situation. Once when she accidentally turned the oven UP instead of down to WARM, when she had company for dinner, and everything was VERY well-done (!) she breezily told them (I was there)  that she was giving them a Biblical meal; In ancient times it was known as a burnt offering!. They never forgot the "burnt offering dinner" which she served with some hastily fixed grilled cheese sandwiches. :-)  A sense of humor often saves the day, and we've all experienced it. My twin and I did a program, entitled "She who laughs, Lasts"...and our research turned up a ton of evidence about how healthy it is to laugh! It was a very funny program! ===JACK:  One of our church members was reading the scripture on a Sunday and stumbled over a word.  She began to giggle, then snicker, then laugh, then snort.  She ran down the aisle into the narthex, laughing all the way.  I think that her sister got up and finished the reading.  Memorable!
===OAKS:  Jan and I were terrible gigglers growing up, especially in  church or some solemn occasions when you absolutely should NOT be giggling!!  I loved the songs you wrote in the blog today. Brot back camp & retreat memories!  I copied them down for old times sake...maybe sing 

to my "greats" ?!===JACK:  When singing to the children, you might try this one..."He's got His eye on you, He's got His eye on you.  My Lord sittin' in the kingdom, He's got His eye on you."  Then, 
begin to substitute someone's name for the "you,"  Like, "He's got His eye on Grandma..."  Point at the person when you come to the name.  You came make up the tune, or I can sing it to you over the phone (just kidding).

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  That makes a lot of sense!===JACK:  What makes you laugh?

Friday, December 07, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/7/18
“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.”  (William Gibson)  Do you know the significance of these numbers?  12/7, 9/6, 9/11, 1492?  I read an article on what enables us to recognize and recall.  Everyone doesn’t have the same cognitive skills…often depending on age an experience.  For example, how about these expressions?  Glo-up, That’s Boss, Ankle-Biter, In Cahoots!  Part of understanding one another often depends on recognizing their slang.!   ;-)  Jack

FROM JB INOLV:  9/6 is a trick question........a child is born...it is a biblical  reference.  The rest are obvious.☺===JACK:  I should have known that I couldn't fool you.===JB:  You did make me really think twice.....you should write questions for Jeopardy:)

FROM WALMART REV:  You don't say!===JACK:  I remember a comedy skit.  A guy answers the phone..."You don't say!...Hummm...You don't say....You don't say!"   The 2nd guy asks, "Who was that?"  The 1st guy answers: "He didn't say!"

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  i rely on urban dictionary a lot when communicating w/younger people. i also look up slang/idiomatic expressions from my generation to determine whether they will know what i am talking about. we will recognize those of our own generation in heaven bc of our common language, music and taste... see ya there someday!===JACK:  A writer from the Detroit area, Mitch Albom, has written a book: The Five People

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/6/18
“I’m really glad that our young people missed the Depression and missed the Great Big War, but I do regret that they missed the great leaders that we knew.”  (Ann Richards)  If you were to name the great leaders in today’s world, who would be on your list?  Is there an FDR?  …or a Patton  …or a Toscanini  …or a Schembechler?  The Great Depression and the Great War weren’t so great when I “lived” them, but I’m glad for the leaders we had.   ;-)  Jack 

FROM MSUJS:  Schembechler??  Dantonio.  Izzo. 😀   I like the Italians===JACK:  I figured that "Bo" would get a response from you.  I didn't realize that Engler was Italian.

FROM EATWL:  This quote on leadership was timely. I’m headed in for an interview....in my interview I’m prepared to talk about my own leadership and thinking of our great leaders of our county is encouraging! How’d you know?! Lol===JACK:  "God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform."

FROM SP IN SP:  go back to bed, Jack.  its waaay too early for you to be up and about:):):)    you need your rest and so do I😀===JACK:  As the saying goes..."Early to bed, early to rise makes a man..." You know the rest!===SP:  can make a man exhausted too!  my deepest REM sleep is between 4 and 7===JACK:  It's 11:25 am, so I guess you REM number is 7 hours and 25 minutes.

FROM BS IN ENGLAND:  Has to be Winston Churchill  and Margaret Thatcher, although many people did not like her!===JACK:  I  thought of Churchill, too.  Leaders may lead, but they are not always great.  I agree that Winnie was great!

FROM JT IN SJ:  I don't remember much about WWll but I remember rationing and cousins who came home in military uniforms   It is interesting to me how the adjectives describing George Bush are the stark opposite of adjectives describing trump. What will trump's legacy and funeral be like? ===JACK"  I can remember rationing and the end of WW 2, but I can't remember a time when there was such sharp diversity of opinion over a president,  Well, maybe when the current dimes were first minted.  Anti-FDR Republicans would hand one of the coins to someone and say, "Smell this!  It really stinks to me.  What do you think?"

FROM QUILTING CAROL:  I think I can agree with Ann’s statement.  I feel sorry for our young people of today as their should be “leaders” are not setting great examples for them in how they conduct their lives, their careers and their interactions with others.  Too many of them are only interested in what the world has to offer them, what they can gain and not so much how they can serve without thinking about themselves.  Some young people have really sad home lives as well with parents who are not good leaders and role models for them. I do wonder where our world is going.
Yesterday afternoon I was at church and a little boy about 4 came toward me. I said, “Hi” to him and he kind of stopped and backed up a bit.  I thought how sad – yes, he doesn’t know me well. (I know his parents.)  They go to a different service than we do so we don’t always have lots of contact.  His mom was standing off to the side waiting for him and we said, “Hi.”, but he still kept his eye on me like I was to be watched.  I don’t ever remember as a child being afraid of a stranger.===JACK:  It's a different world out there today...in many ways.  "Stranger Danger" is a well-known phrase.  Maybe, in the rearview mirror, we'll be able to see that the good outweighed the good...I HOPE!

FROM JB IN OLV:  Mr. Mandela,  Bishop Tutu......two individuals our family heard speak at Cobo Hall and Tiger Stadium.   Merkle....her bravery in opening up Germany to the refugees.  These are but a few.
The nuclear bomb practices at school, polio, the many neighbors that contracted TB spending months and sometimes years in the hospital...Vietnam...drafting the kids of blue collar families because they wouldn't/couldn't raise/or have the connections to cause problems.  I have a Monday night Bible Study at my house....and quite often I have members that fondly remember life in the small towns they grew up in.  For those of us that grew up in immigrant pockets in Detroit life was very different.
As far as the leaders ....imagine Roosevelt, Churchill etc being placed under the microscope of the news media we have today......The work of life is, I guess, just that....work...no matter which generation you get to live in.===JACK:  Yes, it's true.  "We are who we were."  Each generation's view of the world and its leaders is colored by the events of that time.  As for microscopes...God has the ultimate one, and no one escapes detection.  That's why "the grace of God" is such a great gift.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Yes our country has been lucky in most of our leaders! Have u read Flag of our Country and Flyboys? They r great books in my opinion. My grandchildren in Orlando read them in high school! What is going on in Minnesota? And what do u think about the new law about marijuana in Michigan?===JACK:  No, I haven't read those books.  Maybe I'll have re-enrol in high school.  'm in Minnesota visiting my son and his family and will be flying back to Michigan on Christmas Day.  I voted against the pot-law in Michigan as did several police officers that I know.  What also bothers me is "lame-duck legislation."  As the song from Cabaret goes..."Money. money, money!"

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  As Adlai Stevenson once wisely said, "In America, anyone can become
President. It's one of the risks we take". He was a man of integrity, and great wit, and eloquence, and very humble as Governor of IL, and a worthy Presidential Candidate, even tho he lost the election.
 twice to Gen Dwight Eisenhower.  I'm sure we have some very good leaders even now in America, but Politics has become the game of the extremely wealthy, which doesn't always produce the most qualified Gov't. leaders! :-(  Ronald Reagan might be right when he said, "It has been said Politics is the 2nd oldest profession.  I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first!". But we keep on keeping on...doing our bit for democracy!===JACK:  Yes...I'll take our way anytime over how it's done in Russia and North Korea.  I always like the picture of Stevenson with his legs crossed, showing the sole of his shoe with a hole in it.  Can you imagine that today?

FROM FM IN WISCONSIN:  How this was brought home yesterday at the funeral for George Bush – and the ‘entrance’ of our current president!===JACK:  I didn't get to watch it on TV, but I did see the picture of the presidents and their spouses sitting together.  GHWB wanted them all to be invited to help bring a semblance of unity to the country.  To me, that was the action of a good leader.

FROM KANSAN DON:  Are you sure about Schembechler?  How about Ghandi and Bonhoeffr? ===JACK:  Bo was put in there to stir up anti-Bo people, but he was a good coach, and a coach has to be a leader.  Gandhi and Bonhoeffer certainly were significant people, but were they leaders, such as Tutu and Niebuhr?  I guess it depends on your definition of a leader.  Hitler was a leader, but not a great person.

FROM INDY GENIE:  As I read the WW’s and then the response to them, I am struck by the idea that we are all leaders in some way. We are to be courageous and kind in standing up for what we believe to be true, just and authentic. Leadership isn’t just the job of our great leaders, although it is wonderful when we have them.  I think our current climate calls us to be leaders  ...even if we don’t want to be!===JACK:  The leader is no leader if there are no followers.  When there's chaos, someone has to step up and say, "That's enough."  That person is a leader.  The little boy shouted, "The emperor has no clothes!"===GENIE:  So true! The children shall lead us!

FROM DAIRYLAND DONNA:  SO true. So sad. I do think the winds are changing. Felt encouraged with the results of the mid term elections - more diversity and young people.===JACK:  Well, Wisconsin and Michigan began to clean out the barn, but the elephants are not going without leaving something behind.

FROM DAZ IN COLORADO:  Sometimes it seems like it takes tough times to bring out the great leaders some of whom you mentioned. Like Lincoln. The trouble is that sometimes not so great and positive leaders show up.===JACK:  Ordinary people sometimes became leaders simply because a situation at hand needs someone to do something...Rosa Parks (on the bus)...Todd Beamer (on Flt 93).  ...and Lincoln, of course

FROM DB IN WB:  I love this message because these leaders gave hope. Like a great coach, good leadership can take an underdog team into first place. Wasn’t Seabiscuit (racehorse) like that? Who can you think of who might be inspirational today?===JACK:  I don't know about Seabiscuit, because I haven't seen the movie, but I like college basketball, and I think that John Beilein is a good leader.  He seems able to attract good players to follow his advice, to make them better, to do it without wanting attention for himself...and appearing to be a person of character.  Basketball just happens to be his leadership job.
 

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/5/19
“As a cure for worry, work is better than whiskey.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)  One of the causes for depression is loneliness, which often leads to alcoholism.  Alcohol abuse led to the death, at age 29, of country music star, Hank Williams.  Ironically, one of his “hits” was, I’m so lonesome I could cry.  The good news is that researchers are finding new and amazing ways to combat depression  A support group and finding new interests helps, too.   ;-)  Jack
I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY (1949) by Hank Williams - YuTube

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Just keep busy, keep learning new things, keep reading, and keep old friends and make new ones!===JACK:  Get up early, read Winning Words and drink coffee instead of whiskey.===SHIRL:  I am up early today because it is 53 degrees today and I had to turn on the heat! ...and, I do not drink coffee or whiskey! I drink Diet Coke without caffeine and water!===JACK:  It's a little colder than 53 here in wintry Minnesota.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:   That's a sad song, for sure! Apparently he wasn't successful in melting whoever's "Cold, Cold, Heart"! So he was so lonesome, he could cry...:-(  I hadn't realized he  died that young!  Work, or volunteering, or getting out regularly socially, all keep one from sitting and dwelling on negative things, but some people are shy or insecure, and that's difficult for them. But most of us have come to know that "drowning your worries in alcohol" does not solve them, so grab a good book or inspirational material, and reset your mind!  Emerson is right.===JACK:  People who are in the entertainment business (including, in a sense, pastors) need affirmation that that they are successful in what they are doing, and if they don't receive it, they tend to become depressed, and can lead to "whiskey," or what whiskey stands for.  So, as Waldo wrote, "Work is better than whiskey."  Your suggestions are good, also.

FROM PINSP:  we have had two funerals at the church, one in August and one in Nov.  One was 58 and  the other was 54.  both literally drank themselves to death.  soooo  sad for the surviving family.
===JACK:  Alcoholism, opioid, suicide...soooo sad for all involved and for society in general.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  I had no idea he was only 29.  I was so afraid of becoming an alcoholic I would never touch it and still don’t.  My best friend’s mom was a bad alcoholic and I saw her too many times not to be severely effected by her drinking.     They are coming up with more and more ways to deal with issues which is a very good thing.  Drug overdoses can be revived with a shot.  Some cities are encouraging their citizens to carry the meds on them to help those who pass out!  My son in law uses it a lot on the job!  Now if we could find a safe way to stop the use!!===JACK:  Sneaking "a smoke" out behind the barn seems soooo mild compared to nowadays.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:   Generally speaking, the more you work at something the better you can become.===JACK:  Generally speaking, entertainers feed off of positive audience response to assuage self-doubt.  Were you ever cheered...or booed?  I knew of a minister who once was booed.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Jack’s Winning Words 12/4/18
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”  (Thomas Campbell)  Tombstone epitaphs have a way of describing the person in the grave and how they are remembered,  For example: Still dancing in heaven - She asked for so very little, but gave so much - So Small. So Sweet, So Soon - No man is indispensable, but some are irreplaceable - Step softly, a dream lies buried here.”  On a lighter note, seen as a physician’s epitaph:  The doctor will see you soon   ;-)  Jack