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A Prayer for Living!

Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older, and will someday be old.

KEEP ME from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject on every occasion.

RELEASE ME from craving to try to straighten out everybody's affairs.

MAKE ME thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all ... but thou knowest LORD, that I want a few friends at the end.

KEEP my mind free from the recital of endless details ... give me wings to get to the point.

SEAL my lips to my endless aches and pains ... they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

I ask for grace to listen to the tales of others' pain. Help me to endure them with patience.

TEACH ME the glorious lesson that occasioonally it is possible that I may be mistaken. Keep me reaconably sweet, I do not want to be a saint ... some of them are hard to live with, but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil.

HELP ME to extract all possible fun out of life. There are so many funny things around us and I don't want to miss any of them.

-- Anonomous

A Certain Baha'i ... A True Story??

Years ago at a certain University ... There was a professor of philosophy there who was a deeply committed atheist. His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire semester attempting to prove that God couldn't exist. His students were always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic.

For twenty years, he had taught this class and no one had ever had the courage to go against him. Sure, some had argued in class at times, but no one had ever really gone against him because of his reputation. At the end of every semester on the last day, he would say to his class of 300 students.

"If there is anyone here who still believes in God, stand up!"

In twenty years, no one had ever stood up. They knew what he was going to do next. He would say,
"Because anyone who believes in God is a fool. If God existed, he could stop this piece of chalk from hitting the ground and breaking. Such a simple task to prove that He is God, and yet He can't do it"

And every year, he would drop the chalk onto the tile floor of the classroom and it would shatter into a hundred pieces. All of the students would do nothing but stop and stare. Most of the students thought that God couldn't exist.

Certainly, a number of Baha'is had slipped through, but for 20 years, they had been too afraid to stand up.

Well, a few years ago there was freshman who happened to enroll. He was a Baha'i, and had heard the stories about his professor. He was required to take the class for his major, and he was afraid But for three months that semester, he prayed every morning that he would have the courage to stand up no matter what the professor said, or what the class thought.

Nothing they said could ever shatter his faith.. he hoped.

Finally, the day came. The professor said,
"If there is anyone here who still believes in God, stand up"
The professor and the class of 300 people looked at him, shocked, as he stood up at the back of the classroom. The professor shouted, "You FOOL! If God existed, he would keep this piece of chalk from breaking when it hit the ground!"

He proceeded to drop the chalk, but as he did, it slipped out of his fingers, off his shirt cuff, onto the pleat of his pants, down his leg, and off his shoe. As it hit the ground, it simply rolled away unbroken.

The professor's jaw dropped as he stared at the chalk. He looked up at the young man, and then ran out of the lecture hall.

The young man who had stood, proceeded to walk to the front of the room and shared his faith in Baha'u'llah, the Baha'i Faith and the Return of Christ, for the next half hour. 300 students stayed and listened as he told of God's love for them and of His power through Baha'u'llah. Sometimes all we have to do is STAND UP for our beliefs.

Things Just Aren't What They Seen!

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.