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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

WRITTEN IN STONE

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: Today my best friend slapped me in the face.


They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved
him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: Today my best friend saved my life.

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand. Now, you write on a stone. Why?” The other friend replied, “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your blessings in stone.


There’s Only One Today!

I’ll never have this day again,
And when today is through
I may not have another chance
For things I ought to do.
The friendship I should offer,
The kindness someone needs,
The thoughtfulness I can express
In loving little deeds.
The helpful words that someone
Might wait to hear me say:

Lord, help me to remember
There’s only one Today!

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