“Be careful what you wish for; you might get it.” (Beaver Cleaver’s mother) We make lots of wishes. Blowing out birthday candles, the turkey wishbone, a shooting star, etc. Some would say that prayer is a kind of wish-list—but the Bible connects prayer with faith. A believer prays with the assurance that there is a God who cares and who already knows the “things wished for, yet not seen.” No genie lamp needed. A simple “thy will be done” is enough. ;-) Jack
FROM TARMART REV: "Thy will be done" works best for me...I'm satisfied in not getting 'everything' I pray for.."Father knows best!"====JACK: A mother once told me how hard it was to pray the Lord's Prayer as she stood beside her son's casket. She stopped, just before the words, "Thy will be done." After pausing for a while, she said the words, and a relief upon her.
FROM CHESTER THE GOOD: You forgot to "stamp" the first Robin of spring. I STILL never miss doing it.====JACK: I haven't heard of that one. Others...the wishing well...star bright, star light... 3 coins in a fountains...when you see a rainbow...or a ladybug...or a clock at 11:11...or when an acorn falls on your head.====CHESTER: You lick the tips of your forefinger and middle finger, rub them across your other palm , them hit that palm with the side of your other fist... you've "stamped" him. Been doing that since Wm. Carr.====JACK: I hope your fingers are clean before you lick them.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: I THINK MOST PARENTS HAVE SAID SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THEIR CHILDREN. REMINDS ME OF A QUOTE MY CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, HOWARD THURMAN:"DON'T ASK WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS. ASK YOURSELF WHAT MAKES YOU COME ALIVE, AND THEN DO THAT. BECAUSE WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS IS PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME ALIVE!" IT'S AMAZING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO JUST "EXIST"~!====JACK: Often people will define themselves by what they do, their job. Retirees have to find another kind of occupation (way to occupy their time.) I conducted a funeral a few years ago in which I offhandedly mentioned sending out Winning Words. A stranger came up to me afterward and said, "So, you're Jack from Jack's Winning Words. I like them." I was validated, given a reason for being.
FROM SBP IN FLORIDA: "Thy will be done " is pretty much my mantra. I think that God has a plan for me and I pretty much leave it in His hands. There is a Schullerism that I like.
When the idea is not right God says "NO"
When time is not right God says "SLOW!"
When you are not right; God says , "GROW"!"
When everything is right; God says , "GO!"
====JACK: When we pass "GO" on God's Monopoly board, we get more than $200.