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               Thursday, July 18 2002 

Joys of writing

One of the unexpected rewards of writing is the surprise joy if often affords. A month or so ago I started an entry for this, my writer's journal, that I've still not written. By the time the first sentence was completed, the focus of the piece had changed; I wrote an unexpected essay on an unplanned topic, a newfound vein to mine. Last week and earlier this week I wrote six entries about a formative character in my early career, Dr. Carl McIntire. a series that took surprising turns. I didn't expect to be as appreciative as I was, but when I went over, and over again the concluding pieces, the appreciation was the right note.

"If you can't say something good about someone, don't say anything." We've probably all heard that at least once in our pasts. A parent, a teacher, Sunday school teacher has wielded the old saw. It has often struck the crusading journalist in me as too meek and deferential, too undemocratic...an accommodation to the status quo rather than dedication to reform. But the pilgrim in me argues: it's right. Judge not. Speak no ill of the dead. Give credit where due; glass half full, not half empty.

There are no accidents to believers, says Father Maximos, the contemporary monk I've been rereading about the past two weeks, and to unbelievers God's appointments only appear to be accidents or coincidences. It's no accident that Carl McIntire lived longer than most of those he opposed in the height of his career and that those who wrote his obituaries were able to write from a reflective, post-cold-war, objective perspective. The sting of his journalistic and broadcast critiques of a wide cross-section of establishment religious and political "leadership" was past, and the truth of it stood. Had he died at age 75 instead of 95, some of the obits might have been headed something like "'Apostle of discord' dies at 75."

Time was kind to him, and he would have said the extra years past the mean life expectancy had been a Providential, miraculous gift. He hovered near death for weeks, struck by pancreatitis which is often fatal, a score or so years ago. Prayer was requested and intercession was made worldwide. He survived that brush with death and went on for more years of work with time to settle accounts, tie up ends.

And here's another illustration of the serendipitous surprises in the writer's life. This didn't start out being about most of these reflections; again the "supporting illustrations" became the central point.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Eternal truths

Once over the hill, you pick up speed.

I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.

If it weren't for stress, I'd have no energy at all.

Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.

— Sent by Alice Pruitt

Thought for today

I think it is very good spiritual advice that we should never tie ourselves up to public opinion and never consider any honors we may receive as being due us because of our superior gifts.

In that day of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the crowd acclaimed Him and cried, "Hosanna!" but on the very next Friday they joined in the shout, "Crucify him!"

Humility is a blessed thing if you can find it. Early church fathers wrote that if a man feels that he is getting somewhere in the kingdom of God, that's pride - and until that dies, he is getting nowhere!

A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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