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Sunday, November 18 2001


The two young men left their car parked along the country road and made their way cautiously through the briars and the branches of the small trees. Soon they emerged into the forest and stopped to load their guns. Each looked around as he worked with his gun for signs of squirrels, their prey for the day.

A deep layer of dry autumn leaves covered the ground. The tall trees stood starkly against the deep blue sky. The morning sun cast long shadows as the two walked slowly through the rustling leaves. In spite of their slow movement, they were sure that any game would hear them approach. They saw several squirrel nests high in the trees and shells of nuts, but no squirrels. When they reached an area surrounded by trees with squirrel nests high in the branches, they stopped and took up positions several hundred feet apart.

The sun climbed in the sky and chased the shadows to the north side of the trees as they waited. The young men moved several times to locations deeper in the forest and still saw no squirrels. At noontime, the two sat together on a fallen tree and munched on candy bars they pulled from their pockets. They lamented not seeing any squirrels and shared comments on the beauty of the warm fall day. Soon they parted and took up positions deeper in the forest where they watched and listened for squirrels.

They soon heard the rustling of leaves several hundred yards away. They signaled to each other that there was probably another hunter in the woods. They watched intently when the young man closest to the sound raised his hands to his head and signaled that it was a buck coming toward them. The deer moved slowly and noisily among the trees as it foraged in the leaves. The buck had a large ten-point rack and fur that glistened in the afternoon sun. They watched spellbound as the magnificent animal moved ever closer.

When the buck meandered to within ten feet of the hunter who first saw it, the young man put his thumb and forefinger in his mouth and gave a shrill whistle. The buck snorted, then in one fluid motion reared on its hind legs, turned, and ran off into the forest with its white tail bouncing.

In the late afternoon, the shadows grew long and the air cooled as the two young hunters walked through the rustling leaves. They talked excitedly about the large ten-point buck and their plans to return to this area on the first day of buck season. They ignored several squirrels that chattered at them as they left the forest and returned to their car.


The case for chocolate - IV (last in series)

If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?

If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. You can't let that happen. Do good - eat chocolate.

—Sent by Bill Dalrymple

Advent thought for the day

Where possible, true repentance has to include restitution. This means putting things right with other people whom we have injured. All our sins wound God, and nothing we do—no restitution—can ever heal that wound against God. Only the atoning death of our Savior can do this. But when our sins have damaged other people, we can often help to repair the damage, and where we can do so, we must, as Zacchaeus did (Luke 19). There may be money to be returned, rumors to be contradicted, property to return, apologies to be made, or broken relationships to be mended through forgiveness. If we truly repent, we shall want to do everything in our power to undo the evil we have done. Honest restitution is a mark of genuine repentance.

—Antony Coniaris
Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth

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