Friday, July 30, 2004

How many can pass the 'I'm blessed' inspection test?: "There he was, dealing with more-than-likely unhappy people, standing outside on a steamy July morning, and he felt blessed. I can't get the man out of my mind.

"Why does it seem the people who appear to have the worst jobs often seem to be the happiest?"

"I'm talking about the woman here at the newspaper whose job it is to clean the bathrooms. She's the happiest woman in the building. Always smiling. Always says hello. She just had an operation and is now back. Happy as ever.

The men who painted my house this summer were happy. I couldn't understand a word they were saying, but there they were in the hot sun, singing away. Lunch under the tree out front was even a festive affair, constant laughter floating up to my window.

"And why is it the people with the most seem the most unhappy?"

After teaching his disciples how to pray, He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'?

"I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

"If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him."

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