I tossed my veggies Counting 1,2,3 First came the broccoli Next came the peas And counting 4,5,6 I threw in celery sticks Until the whole concoction Made me feel quite sick!
Counting on to 7 With an 8 and 9 Mixing in green lettuce Made it look like slime But when I finally reached 10 Mother brought the dressing And with sweet relief I cried out “What a blessing!”
So, the moral of this story
Is those veggies are good While most are delicious Only one tastes like wood Don’t feed it to your dog Nor your cat or canary And never take a bite of A veggie that turns hairy!
Now please put on a smile Wipe away that frown When you chew real hard They usually go down so
Just plug up your nose Close your eyes real tight Toss those veggies back Until they’re out of sight!
I adore “happy endings.” Those stories that begin with you riveted to your seat hoping the damsel in distress will be carried off into the sunset, by the undefeated white knight. Or films that capture your breath holding it suspended in mid-air while the underdog claws his way to the top of the very last obstacle, and escapes from a dull, tedious life of complacency, and propels into an ocean filled with grand adventures. Those epic movies from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s set the stage for “happy endings” by believing that audiences would leave their theaters with a smile on their faces and a song in their hearts. They transformed ordinary days by weaving us into their colorful world of endless possibilities. Leading roles were built on the premise that integrity and high standards would be the necessary ingredients for good to gain victory over the villain, evil. Evidence that “Father,” did know best, “Lassie” always found her way back home, and “Happy Days” found a home in everyone’s heart across North America. These “happy endings” were morally bound, and while life wasn’t perfect, hope was their inspiration. It was quite natural that I would eventually find myself immersed in the unrivaled stories of the Bible. They were based on overcoming hurdles, filled with hope and endless possibilities, rescuing those needing a white knight and written by the Creator of all good things.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV).
“The Bible. The greatest love story of all times. Its pages are filled with promises that have never been broken, hope for today and tomorrow, and best of all, it has a happy ending.”-by Lois Macdonald.
A cry for a hero shatters the silence. Heads peek out from behind their “selfies” and begin snapping pictures. A sprinkling of “self-made” independents glance vaguely down their noses but soon return to their agendas. Handfuls of bi-standers want to respond but are immobilized, lacking “self-worth.” Others are too exhausted to help, after years of wrestling with “self-pity,” and the emergency is ignored altogether by the “self-absorbed.” The fashionably dressed, “self-centered” shake their heads, annoyed with the disruption. These egotists hold firmly to the belief that it’s every man or woman for themselves, and “self” rules! Life, however, centered around “me,” has little room or desire to nurture our budding heroes of tomorrow.
The value of “selfless” might not meet today’s standards for popularity, but it is certainly at the heart of being a hero. The “selfless” will sacrifice their time, money, and sometimes even their lives, to save others. Courageous people whom we might never have noticed before, and yet miraculously there they are, when tragedy strikes. Perhaps the most heroic of all are those individuals who genuinely pray for their enemies or sponsor a starving child they might never meet. Heroes are humble servants who faithfully man the soup kitchens and befriend the homeless. Those brave men and women who put on a uniform and fight for our rights and freedom. If we want our children to discover the hero living inside of them, teach them the worth of loving the unlovable, befriending the outcast, having the heart of a servant, and of caring for the sick and needy. Teach them to follow the example of Jesus. The One who sacrificed himself for you and me. Jesus, the original Superhero!
From first thought to creation By our Omnipotent Holy King Forests are now being recreated In the minds of our blind genius Treed shelters born out of Agape God’s purest Love of all Loves Are left barren and dismantled To line the pockets of mankind.
Gone forever are yesterday’s Emerald moss-covered forests The dull droning of machinery Has sadly silenced her call Nature’s home for the innocent Woodland guardian of babes Now lays helplessly watching As her young try to survive.
Serenity is lost and buried under Miles and miles of concrete pallets Chaos reigns from man’s throne Announcing in a high fevered pitch That all God’s governing laws Have been burned in man’s fires As his pride, greed, and power Abort his conscience for science.
How ambitious were world leaders Who traded clean air for smog What inventors filled the blue sky With their gadgetry and new toys Will we deny each of our promises To secure a greener tomorrow What will we say to all our children About the forests, we left to die?
A friend. Whether her face could launch a thousand ships like Helen of Troy, or could sink a battleship, either way, the gentle spirit of a true friend fills that empty void in your heart, and makes it whole. To you she is beautiful. Her arrival is always perfectly timed, for just when you are struggling to keep your head above water, Heaven opens its grand doors and tosses you a lifeline. A friend. Her many virtues are woven so tightly together that they will never break even under pressure. This new loyal companion has signed on board for the long-haul. Her sunny disposition wraps you in a warm blanket of unconditional love. A safe haven free of judgment, jealousy or self-centeredness, where you can expose your deepest innermost feelings and not be afraid. Her heart will ache when yours aches. She will celebrate your successes, without a hint of envy. Discretion is her middle name as she guards your secrets and confidences under lock and key. Yes, this friend is as close to an angel as you will encounter here on earth, but the best part is, she comes with a spontaneous sense of humor that can erupt at the strangest moments making even the dullest days, magical!
So whether your face could launch a thousand ships like Helen of Troy, or possibly sink a battleship, a true friend will make you feel beautiful inside and out.