A Remembrance Day Memory

Remembrance Day is special to me, as it is is to honour and remember all those who have and do serve. I honour today one special serviceman I grew up with when I was young. When I was going to school when the the war broke out, we had a friend who was old enough to join in the service. He was from a fairly well to do family. He was a teenager but wasn’t happy with life too much. Anyway he went to the big city one day and joined the air force. They trained him for a while in the air force as a tail gunner in a bomber plane. A tail gunner’s job was to sit in the back turret with a machine gun. There was no passage from the back of the plane where the turret was, to the front where the pilot was. So he was alone in there, locked in. When they were flying over Germany during the war, they had to crash land into a field. When they crash-landed, the turret part separated from the rest of the plane, and my friend was left alone in the field about a mile from the pilot, standing by the turret himself, alone. So later on, when he was telling us the story, the worst two things that bothered him during the war were – first, there were woman working in the field with pitchforks, I guess all the men were in the army in Germany and the women were left working the fields, so the ladies held him prisoner at bay with their pitchforks in the field, until the German army came to pick him up. He said he was so relieved when he saw the German guards and soldiers come with the jeep and guns. They had seen the plane crash, and they came to pick him up. He felt safer with them, rather than being alone with the workers with pitchforks! He told us he was never so scared in his life, and he was actually relieved to go be a prisoner when the guards took him away to prison. The second thing that bothered my friend the most, while he was a prisoner for 5 years during the war, was that there was no soap! So he came home after 5 years in Germany being a POW and he was a very grateful man, that he had all the soap he could use! This veteran never fired a shot, never hurt anyone, but said he really learned a lesson during serving: that Life is all about being grateful, for even a bar of soap, which he didn’t have for five years! The lesson my friend taught us was to be grateful to God for whatever you have. I was so impressed with this veteran, that he was so grateful and appreciative for everything in his life, even with all the things he went through. As a young man myself, I was impressed with the lesson this fellow shared and the gratefulness he had and I learned from that! I have never forgotten him. He had a true, grateful heart all the rest of his life. He passed away peacefully in his 90s living a long, happy life.

We are grateful today for all our veterans, past and present. We thank God for their commitment and their services that brings us into a country of freedom.

God bless you all this weekend.

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Comme un Homme Pense… Ainsi est-il

L’Écriture dit dans Proverbes: «Comme un homme pense dans son cœur, il est lui aussi. Juste quelques mots, mais très puissant comme nous le verrons. Une chose à savoir – parce que nous sommes créés à l’image de Dieu, nous avons besoin de penser à nous-mêmes tout comme il nous voit !! Mais par notre propre pouvoir et nos efforts, nous ne pouvons pas nous voir comme Il nous voit. Laissez-moi vous donner un exemple:
J’ai entendu parler d’un garçon de 12 ans qui a grandi dans une maison dysfonctionnelle, où il y avait beaucoup de désapprobation et de rejet. Un jour, il était à l’école. Il a accidentellement renversé une bouteille d’encre et il a jeté sur le sol juste en face du bureau de l’enseignant. Cette enseignante, devant la classe, je suppose que par frustration de sa part, a crié à lui qu’il était un “imbécile stupide, un perdant” et ne serait “jamais quelque chose dans sa vie.” Maintenant, nous savons que ce Était contraire à la vue de Dieu de nous !! Mais, sans le savoir, elle lui a prophétisé qu’il ne serait jamais quelque chose dans le monde! Encore une fois, au contraire, ce n’est pas comme Dieu nous voit.

 

Nous sommes faits à son image! Mais dans l’esprit du garçon, les pensées et les mots retentissaient. Ainsi, les paroles qui ont été parlé sur lui, il a accompli dans sa vie. Il a échoué avec sa famille et avec ses entreprises. Maintenant aussi dur que nous essayons par nous-mêmes, à travers la psychiatrie et toute l’aide que nous pouvons trouver, les mots sonner dans le dos de nos esprits ne disparaissent pas très facilement.
Mais parce que Dieu nous a créés à Son image et qu’Il nous aime tellement et se soucie de nous tant, Sa Voie est la voie PARFAITE. Alors que Jésus frappe à la porte de nos coeurs, alors que nous le laissons entrer, son Saint-Esprit est scellé en nous. L’Esprit de Dieu travaille dans nos cœurs et nos esprits et apporte la guérison et la délivrance de tous ces souvenirs et blessures.

 

Aucun effort de soi n’atteindra ce que Jésus nous promet. Mais soyez de bon cœur, nous avons le Grand Guérisseur qui vit en nous !!
Sachez aujourd’hui que Dieu vous aime très, très, très bien !! Que Dieu vous bénisse tous,

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A Schoolboy’s Life Lesson

In about 1907, nine-year-old Norman was attending a country school, with approximately 35 students. The teacher, being a heavyset gentleman with a roar of a voice, before school quitting time, stood up and went to the blackboard and bellowed to his class, the word “SILENCE”! with his booming voice. Of course everybody went quiet! Then he said to them, “Your homework for tonight will be…” Then he wrote on the chalkboard the words “I CAN’T”. Then he took the chalkboard eraser and barred off the apostrophe and the “T”. And he wrote, “I CAN… do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That was the homework for the night! Well, that statement was imprinted on that young boy’s mind, which he never lost and it guided his life throughout his 9 decades. He became a very positive-minded individual. He wrote best-selling books and magazines, and he was in high demand to give speeches in conferences and other places to thousands of schoolteachers, bankers, lawyers, salesmen, real estate people, industrialists, and so on. He was a man of great influence. He was very positive in his speeches, being inspired all the rest of his life by that very statement he heard as a schoolboy.
May these words be an encouragement to any of us for direction and hope. God bless you! He loves you very, very much!!