Prayer46 – THE GIFT OF PEACE two stories


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Prayer46 – THE GIFT OF PEACE two stories
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BURNT TOAST
When I was a kid, my mom would prepare special breakfast every now and then. And I remember one night long ago, after a long, hard day at work, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I loved the toast.” Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his burned toast.
He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides – a burnt toast never hurt anyone!” You know,
life is full of imperfect things
and imperfect people
I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learned over the years is that
learning to accept each others faults
and choosing to celebrate
each others differences
is one of the most important keys
to creating a healthy,
growing, and lasting relationship
And that’s my prayer – that all of us will learn to
take the good, the bad,
and the ugly parts of our lives
and lay them at the feet of God
because in the end
He’s the only One who will
be able to give us a relationship
where a burnt toast isn’t a really a big deal
understanding is the base
of any relationship
be it a husband-wife
or parent-child or friends
don’t put the key to your happiness
in someone else’s pocket
keep it in your own
and don’t you ever forget
to eat burnt toast when it passes your way
you will discover it is spiritually delicious
from artz
anonymous from the internet
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THE STORM INSIDE US
coming to office late
i found spilled coffee at my desk
i simply cleaned the mess
and started working
as if nothing happened
at the end of the day
when everyone had left
the secretary notorious
for having a chip on her shoulders
and avoided by everyone
came up to me and said in tears –
i’m sorry I am such a coward
i spilled the coffee on your table
i come to apologize because
i have never seen such patience and good will
i would have gone into a rage
i replied – no one can hurt you
without your consent
if you find spilled coffee at your office table
never ask who did it
you will just embarrass him
you can go into a rage or silently squirm
or you can smile
and say it’s not worth your ulcers
if you will to be hurt
then it will consume you
if you will to smile
then it will emancipate you
the entire office
got the shock of their lives
when they saw the secretary
change overnight
the chip on her shoulder vanished
replace by a big smile
she became prettier
for the soul reflects the body
she brought me coffee everyday
as soon as i came in
everyone was asking how i did it
i said – simple, be calm
when you see a storm coming
then you will discover
that the storm was really inside you
but you made it go away
if she brews a new storm
kill it instantly with good will
the gift of inner peace
has been inside us
even before we were born
it is primordial and part of creation
we many times resist its power
Lord Creator of the universe
teach us the power of Your inner peace
eastwind
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amdg
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