Friday, February 24, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 2/24/17
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  (Charles Dickens)  Dickens', A Tale of Two Cities, describes a situation much like the present in which there are two views of the same world, living side by side.  I have friends who believe we’re now living in the best of times and others who wake up daily to see things getting worse.  The divide between rich and poor widens.  Dickens’ hope is in the death of inequality and a resurrection to a better age, built on the ashes of the old.  There is a God!  Hold on to that hope.  The best is yet to come.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  My only answer is: What does the Bible say about it?====JACK:  I don't know what particular Bible passage you're referring to.  But, a "promised land" is offered to those who trust in the Lord, a land that is beyond imagination.

FROM SHALOM JAN:  Thanks, Jack, for your message of hope.====JACK:  Among the saddest of phrases..."There is no hope."  It fits in a variety of situations, doesn't it?

FROM HAPPY TRAILS IN NOVA SCOTIA:  As you may have heard, a whale somehow found its way into the river Thames during Victorian times. People at the time did not figure out how to rescue it, and eventually the animal had to be put down and turned into sausage. The incident was chronicled by Dickens, who began with " was the beast of Thames, it was the wurst of Thames."====JACK:  Now...that is a good one...and appropriate.  Thanks.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  When our son was in his early teens, he wanted to read all the Classics.  The first one he read was The Tale of Two Cities.  He read every classic but he enjoyed this one the most.  Even though things seem bad to some things will get better if only in Heaven.  Our names are on His List!====JACK:  Somehow, it just doesn't sound right..."God's making a list, he's checking it twice..."

FROM ST PAUL IN MESA:  from the poem  Rabbi ben Ezra (by Robert Browning)   "Come and grow old with me;  the best is yet to be!"

FROM MICHIZONA RAY:  As long as we continue to hope that the government will reduce the divide, the gap will continue to get wider. Thank God that those who have something, have the opportunity to be charitable.  "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them" Ephesians 2:9-10====JACK:  Today I read that the new Education Secretary is thinking of doing away with the school lunch program for underprivileged children.  I hope that it was a misprint, or that there's more to the story.

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