Monday, March 12, 2007

57 cents goes a long way.

Post 163 - - - - - Monday, 12 th March, 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope all is well at your place. I am OK, though not doing too much. The weather has been really nice the last little while with no need for air-conditioners so that has been good. Also the days are getting shorter, so
Summer is on it's way out. Which of course is the opposite for you folks in the Northern Hemisphere.
Thank you Embee for your comments as I have no other way to thank you.

Tonight's story is called 57 cents goes a long way. Enjoy !!
A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away
because it "was too crowded" "I can't go to Sunday School, " she sobbed to the pastor
as he walked by.

Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking
her by the hand, took her inside and found her a place for her in the Sunday School
class. The child was so happy they found room for her that she went to bed that night
thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.

Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. The parents called the kindhearted pastor, who had befriended their daughter, to handle
the final arrangements.

As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump. Inside was 57 cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting which read "This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School. For two years she had saved for this offering of love.

When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do.
Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise
enough money for the larger building.

But the story does not end there !

A newspaper learned of the story and published it. It was read by a realtor, who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands. When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered it for 57 cents.

Church members made large donations...Checks came from far and wide, within five years the little girl's gift had increased to $250,00.00 - - a huge sum for that time
(near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid a large dividend.

When you are in Philadelphia, look up the Temple Baptist Church, which has a seating capacity of 3,300, and Temple University, where hundreds of students are trained. Have a look too at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at the Sunday School building which houses hundreds of Sunday Schoolers, so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Snday School time.

In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the
little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russel H. Conwell, author of the book, "Acres of Diamonds."
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A local bar regular had been drinking all night. This particular night the regular drunk a little more than usual.

The bartender finally said that the bar is closing. So the regular stands up to leave and falls flat on his face. He tries to stand one more time, same result. He figures
he will crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that will sober him up.

Once outside he stands up and falls flat on his face. So he decides to crawl the 3 blocks to his home and when he arrives at the door, he stands up and falls flat on
his face.

He crawls through the door into his bedroom. When he reaches the bed, he tries one more time to stand up. This time he manages to pull himelf upright but he quickly falls right into bed and is sound asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow.

He awakens next morning to his wife standing over him shouting loudly, "So, you've
been drinking again !!" "What makes you say that?" he asks as he puts on an innocent look. "The bar called, you left your wheelchair there again."
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A couple of redneck hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn' seem to be breathing and his eyes are rolled back in his head.

The other redneck starts to panic, then whips out his cell phone and calls 911.

He frantically blurts out to the operator, "O my gawd ! Help ! My friend just died.
He's Dead ! What can I do?"

The operator trying to calm him says. "Take it easy, I can help Just listen to my instructions. First, let's make sure he's dead."

There is a short pause, and then the operator hears a loud gun shot !!!
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Why English Teachers Are Important. The Words are the same. Only the Punctuation changes . . . .

Dear Thomas,.

I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful.
People wo are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me
for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart.
I can be forever happy -- will you let me be yours ?
Maria
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Dear Thomas,

I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful
people, who are not like you. Admit to being useles and inferior. You have ruined
me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be ? Yours,
Maria.
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How to Speak Nuw Zulander. For Bist Effict, Rid These Out Lowd..
Milburn . . . . . . Capital of Victoria.
Peck . . . . . . . Fill a suit case.
Pissed aside . . . chemical that kills insects.
Pigs -. . . . . . . for hanging out washing with.
Pug - - - - - large pink animal with curly tail.
Nin Tin dough . . . computer game.
Min . . . . . . . .. male of the species.
Mess kara . . . . eye makeup.
McKennock . . . . person who fixes cars.
Lift - - - - -- departed.
Ken's . . . . . . Cairns.
Kittle crusps . . . potato crisps.
Leather
. . . . . foam produced by soap.
Inner Me . . . . enemy.
Duffy cult . . . . .not easy.
Fush - - - - marine creatures.
Bug Hut . . . . . popular song.
Amejen . . . . . visualise.
Veerjun . . . . Mythical New Zealand maiden.
Iggs Ecktly . . . .precisely.
Sex . . . . . . . one less than sivven.
Cuttin . . . . baby cat.
Beard . . . . a place to sleep.
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MAN God may I ask you a questin?
GOD Yes my child.
MAN How much is a million dollars to you?
GOD Like a penny my child.
MAN If I may ask another question my Lord, how long is a million years?
GOD Like a minute my child.
MAN If I may ask another question my Savior, may I have a million dollars?
GOD Just a minute my child.
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When the first baby laughed for the first time
, the laugh broke into a thousand
pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.

- - - - James M. Barrie.

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refigerator are so far apart, some of us
wouldn't get any exercise at all. - - - -Joey Adams.

That's it tonight, my friends. Take great care, Love to all, Merle.

Post 163 - - - - - - Monday, 12 th March, 2007.
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9 comments:

Raggedy said...

G'day Merle,
I read 162 and 163 today.
Good posts!
The Holiday sounds fun. The parade and fireworks and water sports.
Go Blue! Go Blue!
Take care,
Huggles and Love,
Raggedy

Jim said...

Wonderful again, Merle! I'll take the million dollars please.
Some women hide the remote so the men will get their exercise.
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Tammy said...

Oh Merle,
I loved the 57¢ story!!
And to think it was true and all the good it did!!
Inspirational!!
:-D

Lee said...

Hi there, Merle. Glad all is well down you way with you. It's a lot cooler up here today after a very hot day yesterday. Fortunately, it's always a bit cooler up here on the mountain than down below...Brisbane hit 37-40 yesterday...ouch!

Take care, Merle. :)

Meow said...

Hi Merle, love all your jokes and stories ... especially the 57 cents one !!
Isn't it lovely that the nights are getting cooler ... I almost wanted to turn on the heating last night !!
The weather was glorious over the long weekend, if a bit windy yesterday ... oh well.
Hope you are well.
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow

PEA said...

Hello dear Merle,

Almost my bedtime here but wanted to visit you first:-) I'm glad it's not so hot over there now, that really must be unpleasant when it gets as hot as you get it! I so loved the story about the little girl and her 57 cents...more heartwarming knowing it's a true story!! Also loved how the faeries came about:-) Take care my friend! xox

Puss-in-Boots said...

Hi Merle. I'm about again. Hope everything is well in your world. As usual, good jokes and inspirational story.

Take care, my friend.

Love and hugs xoxo

audrey` said...

"57 cents go a long way" is so touching...

Lee-ann said...

Merle, Insn't it starting to be a lovely Autumn season just no rain but lots of cooler evenings and sunshine days.

I love the 57cents story I just love the way you find these great stories and then share them with us.

You look after yourself and enjoy the day.
Lee-ann