Kwai ValorWritten by Terry Dashner
Terry Dashner……………………..Faith Fellowship Church, PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
At end of each day tools were collected from work party. On one occasion a Japanese guard shouted that a shovel was missing and demanded to know which man had taken it. He began to rant and rave, working himself up into a paranoid fury and ordered whoever was guilty to step forward. No one moved. “All die! All die!” he shouted, cocking and aiming his rifle at prisoners. At that moment one man stepped forward and guard clubbed him to death with his rifle while he stood silently at attention. When they returned to camp, tools were counted again and no shovel was missing.
Is this story fictitious? No, it isn’t. As a matter of fact paragraph above is taken word for word from Ernest Gordon’s book entitled, Miracle on River Kwai. Gordon witnessed this event as a POW working on Burma Railway during World War II.
Does this story stir you in any way? It does me. No, it’s not eloquent writing or cadence in rhythm that moves me. It’s not punctuation or strong verbs chosen by author. But, nevertheless, it moves me to awe. I’m in awe over nameless man who stepped up to bear for all false blame. His uncommon valor captivates my senses momentarily.
Spring! Time for Love and New BeginningsWritten by Linda Reeves
Prepare, prepare, prepare! The horizon screams of spring and budding trees, tulips poking their head above soil and thoughts of romance and love fill our hearts and minds. Are you ready for what awaits you? Well, if not, we need to get started right away!
First things first, get your house in order, no I am not talking about dwelling in which you reside, I am referring to temple (your body, mind and soul) of all existence! Time to throw out all preconceived notions of what other sex is looking for and re-create person you are, person you want to be!
Put that smile to work, make eye contact, approach a stranger (be careful), strike up a conversation, and take initiative for new beginning you want to have this year! There is no happiness greater than that which is within you, and love evolves from loving oneself.
Next, get out of that house, off that couch, turn off TV, and enjoy world around you. Open your eyes to beauty of your surroundings and look in amazement how everything changes so rapidly. You are like a flower in spring, let your heart bloom, outstretch your arms and let go of that wall you have been holding up. Update your profile to reflect your newfound understanding of yourself, express your heart, your desires and watch life explode before you. Build it and they will come!