Friday, July 22, 2011

Funny/Unusual Videos from the Internet

We all get them...funny videos that arrive via email or word-of-mouth.  Below are links to a few of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy them!


1.  Would You Watch My Car?
http://www.wimp.com/disappearingprank/


2.  Pit Bull vs. Kitten
http://www.castanet.net/news/Offbeat/62184/Pitbull-vs-kittenOffbeat/62184/Pitbull-vs-kitten




3.  Video shot during the tsunami in Japan:


4.  Pendulum waves...chaos and order...pretty cool!


5.  My new favorite version of the "Hallelujah Chorus"...
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=LyviyF-N23A

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Pecan Tree in the Cemetery



(sent to me by my good friend, Lois!  Thanks for the laugh!)

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts.

“One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,” said one boy. As they counted, several pecans dropped and rolled down toward the fence.

Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me...”

He just knew what it was! He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.

“Come here quick,” said the boy, “You won't believe what I heard!  Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!”

The man said, “Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk.”  When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.  Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me.”

The old man whispered, “Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord.”

Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last they heard, “One for you and one for me. That's all.  Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done.”

They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the bike passed him.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mom's Empty Chair




A woman's daughter asked the local minister to come and pray with her mother.  When the minister arrived, he found the woman lying in bed with her head propped up on two pillows.  An empty chair sat beside her bed.  The minister assumed that the woman had been informed of his visit.

"I guess you were expecting me," he said.
"No, who are you?" said the mother.
The minister told her his name and then remarked, "I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up."

"Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden woman.  "Would you mind closing the door?"
Puzzled, the minister shut the door.
"I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the woman.  "But all of my life I have never
known how to pray.  At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head."

"I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old woman continued, "until one day four years ago, my best friend told me that prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus.  Here is what I suggest: sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair.  It's not spooky because he promised, 'I will be with you always'.  Then just speak to him in the same way you're doing with me right now."

"So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day.  I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm."

The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old woman to continue on the journey.  Then he prayed with her, anointed her with oil, and returned to the church.

Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her mother had died that afternoon.

"Did she die in peace?" he asked.

"Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, she called me over to her bedside, told me she loved me and kissed me on the cheek.  When I got back from the store an hour later, I found her.  But there was something strange about her death.  Apparently, just before Mom died, she leaned over and rested her head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?"

The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "
I wish we could all go like that."

Hiding Behind the Technology

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