Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

Well done is better than well said.

Much of Franklin’s wisdom was shared in his published pamphlet, “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” which appeared continually from 1732 to 1758. He adopted the pseudonym of “Poor Richard” or “Richard Saunders” as the publisher and author. 

Heartbreaking Worry

From Joshua 1:9:  “I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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Man’s human nature

Wrestling with new fears

Breathing with unease

Darkening frontiers

 

Fear all consuming

Racing with flurry

Suffocating breath

Heartbreaking worry

 

Root of lasting doubt

Distrusting our God

Overlooking grace

Hiding, sin’s facade

 

Strength walks with courage

Turning to God’s Word

Following His law

Trusting faith’s watchword

 

Scripture holding fast

Anchoring with peace

Receiving Lord’s love

Blessing life’s new lease

 

Christ’s moral compass

Shepherding with grace

Walking in His trust

Slowing down life’s race

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “To conquer our fears, we should identify them but then focus instead of God and Scripture.”

To End All

The Great War (later renamed World War I) began on July 28, 1914.  The rapid mobilization of armies carried the war forward until November 18, 1918.  This poem shares a narrative voice of those decisive years.

American World War I cemetery near Verdun, France. (courtesy of Pinterest)

Entangling treaties joining nations

Old school diplomacy’s fixation

Glorification of war’s romance

Titanic wills collide, ghostly dance

 

Distant continent boiling over

Single shot ignites war’s makeover

Ill-prepared, mortal combat waiting

Millions now face death, devastating

 

Modern weaponry overpowers

Military tactics of old sour

Now transforming nations’ fertile ground

Mankind’s killing fields, forever found

 

Privileged few making decisions

Common citizens fill divisions

Ruthless fighting in blood-filled trenches

Calling soldiers into death’s clenches

 

Exhausted nations, pushing ahead

World waiting for war’s sunset instead

Men, resources, and will running low

At last, reason stops war’s bloody flow

 

War to end all wars finally ends

Lasting peace stands ready to pretend

 

When the armistice was signed, the world hoped for lasting peace. (courtesy of Pinterest)

English writer, H. G. Wells (1866-1946), who is sometimes called the “Father of Science Fiction,” also provided social commentary.  These words share his sentiments about war:  “It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own.”  “If we don’t end war, war will end us.”

Curious Trivial Facts (1/8)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

The only Major League Baseball teams with names that don’t end with the letter “s” are the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox.

The creator of Eudora, the first e-mail software program, was Steve Dorner, a staff member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The University not only gave the software away, but Dorner, who was salaried, received no stock options and no royalties on His 1988 creation.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Rod McKuen Quotes

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The journey back is always longer than the forward run.

I’m not the first or the last who had a thirst to leave the past.

American Rod McKuen (1933-2015) was a distinguished poet, songwriter, and actor.  During the last 1960s, his poetry was some of the most sought after.  

In His Midst

From Psalm 29:3-4:  “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.  The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.”

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Life’s calmest seas

Facing coming storms

Never alone

In His midst, strength forms

 

From God, our hope

Reaching out His hand

Safely sheltered

Upon His command

 

Witness His peace

Quieting these waves

Triumphant’s might

Father’s grace shall serve

 

Darkness retreats

Hearing comfort’s voice

Glory thunders

All saints will rejoice

 

Mercy rescues

Breathing with God’s love

Everlasting

Blessings from above

 

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The lyrics and music of “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” is a familiar hymn to many.  Inspired by Psalm 90, the lyrics were composed by English hymn writer and theologian, Isaac Watts, in 1708.  

Charles Swindoll Quote

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God can use our authority and our abundance and our promotion.  With authority comes the need for accountability.  With popularity comes the need for humility.  With prosperity comes the need for integrity.  

From James 4:10:  “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

Alexander Maclaren Quote

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If God sends us on stony paths, He will provide us with strong shoes.

From Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Life’s Winter Darkness

From Psalm 31:9-10:  “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.  For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.”

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Feeling earth’s numbing cold

Facing each new trial

Life’s winter darkness stirs

Filling another mile

 

Witnessing grief and loss

Traversing heavy snow

Life’s winter darkness stands

Causing impulse to slow

 

Prowling disease and strife

Reading storm’s latest news

Life’s winter darkness shouts

Raging snow sings the blues

 

Plodding in Arctic’s chill

Crushing social unrest

Life’s winter darkness tests

Failing every quest

 

Viewing world’s upheaval

Blinding blizzard’s whiteout

Life’s winter darkness runs

Bulldozing faith with doubt

 

Guiding light now arrives

Accepting Father’s grace

Life’s winter darkness fades

Walking in Spirit’s place

 

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From James 4:5-6:  “Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that He has made to dwell in us’?  But He gives all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”

Boris Cyrulnik Quotes

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All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story.

No story is innocent.  To tell is to put oneself in danger.  To remain silent is to isolate yourself.

Boris Cyrulnik (born 1937) is a French physician and writer.  He has written several books about the science of psychology.  As a child, he survived the Holocaust when his family was captured.