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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AN ENIGMA IN PERU: BY FREE NATURE PICTURES






Mount Tochllaparul in Peru.
 Such an enigma!
Thanks to Free Nature Pictures.






 

MOUNTAINS: PICTURE BY BROTHERSOFT.COM



LOFTY MOUNTAINS IN VIEW!

I HAVE SEEN THE LORD: REFLECTIONS FORWARDED BY MARIA CASSIA

I have seen the Lord, says Mary of Magdala on the day
of the resurrection. She has the honor of seeing our
beloved Jesus ahead of the disciples. She was the one
who called him "Rabbuni" which means Master.

What is in Mary of Magdala that she stands out? First,
she was a sinner! God seeks the lost, and heaven rejoice
if one sinner is regained at any time. How about the
righteous? Did God forgot about them? Not at all.
In fact, the Story of the Prodigal Son attest to this
truth. The father in the story told the older, bitter son:
"All I have is yours, but we must rejoice for your brother
is lost but has been found."

God loves the good and the sinners as well. The only thing is:
we must always run to our Heavenly Father and seek his
forgiveness. The ocean of mercy of our God is unfathomable
and beyond understanding. We are encouraged to come back
to the Lord. Run tears of penitence and with contrite heart,
try to say, "Father, I have sinned and offended Thee. Please
forgive me from all my sins and with Thy grace, please help
me not to sin again." Thus, we regain bonding with our Lord.

IT MUST BE YOU #STORY#CYNTHIA ABEGAIL'S COLUMN:

IT MUST BE YOU

(SHORT STORY)

Janet is a typical young lady looking for the man of her dreams.
She is not very choosy at all; these are her requirements...
First, he must be of impeccable character. Next, he must be
intelligent and creative. Third, he must be at least pleasing
to look at! Well, this may be the reason that she has not found
him yet. On the other hand, Janet is not naive at all, she does not
just rely on "Come what may." Mind you, she has devised a plan
to snare this man of unimaginable proportions.
Nevertheless, we can't blame Janet for her savvy likes. She is
a well-educated girl, a little bit good looking and of sweet voice!
And the plan unveiled... She said, "Must I advertise? Not really,
I am not that desperate! I know now, I must attend social
parties as much as I could...
The first party ensues and he met this enchanting gentleman whose
name is Lawrence. He is not really bad but when they had a chat
after the dance, guess what who is the centre of his stories...
His mother, all the time! He did not even ask Janet where she
lives or got her mobile and so on... She said, "Scratched!"
She met Rommel, a computer whiz in the next party. He is the
like a boy next door, witty yet he has this weird voice... somewhat
creepy that you think you're in a horror show if you're speaking with
him. She thought, Deleted!"
In the third socials, she met Harry. He is an accountant in the city
firm. He's not too bad but he always spoke about money to the point
that she got so bored after a quarter of an hour. She said, "To my
junk mail!"
After ten parties, she got bogged down. Her hemoglobin count dropped
and she almost landed into the hospital. The next plan is to ask the help
of her friends; it's just like you know, "Phone a friend in 'Millionaire's Quiz
programme." The worst thing is: her friends are mostly introverts and
they do not have large families. Not much hope in this plan!
And the third plan arrives! I will go to internet and may find my Romeo
there! At last, he met this guy whose name is Benjamin from Switzerland.
They wrote each other, exchange pictures and later, she developed feelings
for this man. He seems to fulfill her strange requirements after a year
of searching. Her mother was adamant because you'll never know
what will he be like in real person, isn't it?
The man was really serious about her and invited her to go to Switzerland
just for a holiday. She said, "I really can't go there without my mother."
There they go! Benjamin provided them tickets to go to the Swiss capital.
By the airport, Janet was so excited, but nervous. Suddenly a suave man
wearing an olive long polo and black pants approached her and her mother.
She uttered, "It must be you!" Benjamin replied, "Certainly, I am! You
just look more beautiful in person." Janet giggling, "Thanks so much!"
Janet had her most unforgettable holiday in her life with the man of her
dreams, of good character, bright and good looking, too. It was really cold
out there in the Alps but she felt warm and was ecstatic all the time.
She said to herself, "It does no harm if you really try hard and pray much!"
Benjamin proposed and they have been engaged for a year. During
that time, her love has been so loving and caring. They got
married in Janet's hometown and she could not have been much happier!
All rights reserved: Cynthia Abegail
(A nice short story
A must read one)
New World
(Republished)

JOKES : BY ZOORJEE

FAIRIES ARE FEMALE TOO
A married couple in their early 60s was celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant.
Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table. She said, 'For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.
The wife answered, 'Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband.
'The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! -two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands.
The husband thought for a moment: 'Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again.
I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a
wife 30 years younger than me.'
The wife, and the fairy, were deeply
disappointed, but a wish is a wish.
So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof!..the husband became 92 years old!!!!
Zoorjee

THE OLD FAMILIAR FACES BY CHARLES LAMB (EXCERPT)

THE OLD FAMILIAR FACES

I have had playmates, I have had companions
In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days;
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have been laughing, I have been carousing,
Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies;
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I loved a Love once, fairest among women;
Closed are her doors on me, I must not see her---
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces...

Ghost-like, I paced round the haunts of my childhood,
Earth seem'd a desert I was bound to traverse,
Seeking to find the old familiar faces.

THE TALE OF TWO HORSES: STORY FORWARDED BY CHERIAN VARGHESE

STORY: THE TALE OF TWO HORSES: CHERIAN VARGHESE

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.
But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing....
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.
This alone is amazing. If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.
Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray.
When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges.
He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..
Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way....
Good friends are like that... You may not always see them, but you know they are always there..
Please listen for someone's bell and someone will listen for yours, and remember...
Be kinder than necessary- Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly.......
And leave the rest to God!


FOR WE WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT
Labels: Cherian Varghese 9/7/11 by georgekurian

MARS- OUR NEIGHBOUR-By GEORGE KURIAN

We started exploring Mars only a few years ago. There were so many stories about other human beings living in Mars. People even claimed that they had spotted UFOs(Unidentified Objects) visiting us from other planets. We have also heard some amazing stories of some UFOs coming from Mars and landed on Earth . Those stories were spread in the 1950s. As the man progressed with technological advancement, we have come to know that they were only fantasies. The unmanned vehicles explored Mars have reported that there is no one living in Mars. Some of those vehicles have landed and even scooped Maritian soil for testing in the labs. We believe that there was water in Mars and even found the evidence of snow recently by Phoenix lander, which is now exploring the planet.
It has not found any life on the Planet,but it is reported that it has found surface ice and other chemical traces of the former presence of water,which is a prerequisite for life.
The Phoenix lander sent by NASA shows some evidence that there are crystals of ice .
In the past, man always thought that Earth is the only planet which supports life. We do not have any evidence that there is life elswhere, but that does not support the theory that we are the only one in the entire Universe.
There are at least ten thousand galaxies, we know that exist but half of them are not seen due to the dust which obstructs the view from Hubble telescope. Our Milky Way Galaxy alone has billions and billions of stars and millions of planets, at least.We have not even explored our nearest Planet Mars and so it is not prudent to say that there is no life elswhere . There may be countless galaxies in the Universe and could be several planets similar to Earth and life there.
Now, as we are here on Earth , a chance given to us by our CREATOR we should not waste our life in false pride and hurt our fellow being. The very short time we have here on Earth, we should learn to love one another and thus make our small planet
a heaven.

ART BY ANJANA JOSE: BEAUTIFUL ROSES

                                            
             BEAUTIFUL ROSES
OUTSTANDING WORK OF ART!
THANKS ANJANA
        

PASS BOOK: A GOOD STORY FORWARDED BY ABRAHAM, G.

( A very nice story and it is worth to read !!)New World

Monica Married Henry this day.

At the end of the wedding party, Monica's mother gave her a newly opened bank book with $ 1000 deposit amount.Mother: Monica, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your marriage life. When there is something happy and memorable happened in your life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the line.The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the first one for you today. Do the other with Henry. When you look back after years, you can know how much happiness you've had.Monica shared this with Henry when getting home They both thought it was a great idea and were anxious to know when the second deposit can be made.This was what they did after certain time.
* 8 March $ 100 first birthday celebration for Henry after marriage.
* 10 Sept. $ 300 salary raise for Monica.
* 25 Oct. $ 200 vacation trip to Bali
* 15 Dec. $ 2000, Monica got pregnant.
* 10 Feb. $ 1000, Henry got promoted.
* and so on.
However, after years, they started fighting and arguing for trivial things. They regretted that they had married the nastiest people in the world.....no more love.....Kind of typical nowadays' huh?One day Monica talked to her mother "Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can't imagine how I decided to marry this guy!!!!!
Mother: "Sure, girl, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you want if you really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing first. Remember the saving passbook I gave you on your wedding day ? Take out all the money and spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.Monica thought it was true. So she went to the bank waiting at the queue and planning to cancel the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joy and happiness just came up her mind. Her eyes were then filled with tears. She left and went home.When she was home, she handed the passbook to Henry and asked him to spend the money before getting divorce.
The next day, Henry gave the passbook back to Monica. She found a new deposit of $5000. And a line next to the record." This is the day I noticed how much I've loved you through out all these years. How much happiness you've brought me"They hugged and cried. Putting the passbook back to the safe. Do you know how much money they had saved when they retired? I did not ask. I believe the money did not matter any more after they had gone thru all the good years in their life.
"When you fall in any way, don't see the place where you fell instead see the place from where you slipped.Life is about correcting mistakes"
Abraham G

WILSON'S MESSAGE FROM SHARJAH


HAVE A BLESSED DAY: STORY FORWARDED BY ABRAHAM MATTHEWS



Have a Blessed Day

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"
The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." What he had written was: "Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it." Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing? Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. Invite others towards good with wisdom. Live life with no aaaaaaexcuse and love with no regrets. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepaaaaaare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the aaaaaaaaaafear. Great men say, "Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil and developing goodness…. In the journeySa of life, if you want to travel without fear, you must have the ticket of a good conscience." -- Regards Aby
Abraham Mathews


From: Boban Molly Group
Labels: Abraham Mathews 2/23/11 by georgekurian Republished

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

RED ROSES: SHORT STORY BY GEORGE KURIAN












RED ROSES:::

It was dawn. Sun's golden rays came through the window and competed with the cool breeze to embrace me. I was going to sleep more but I did not feel wasting the beautiful morning by lazily lying in the bed with day dreaming. After a few moments, I got out of my bed and put my sandals and walked into the garden, adjacent to my house. My long white gown had covered half of my legs and was a perfect match for my black pants, I thought.
The newly blossomed rose and jasmine flowers added beauty to the garden along with many white and yellow tulips. Dews were falling down from the leaves and squirrels were jumping from branches to branches.
The sweet smell of rose and jasmine flowers had spread and covered the entire garden.The red roses were very attractive and I tenderly touched some of them. All of a sudden,I felt an urge to pluck some of them. I did not hesitate, sure enough,I plucked some of them.
Alas! I felt a pain on my fingers and I realized that the thorns of the Rose plants had pierced through my fingers. The blood spread on my gown and suddenly I felt angry. With great annoyance, I threw the flowers on the ground and when I walked, unintentionally my sandals crushed those flowers. I felt a little agitated but I could not do anything at that point and so I continued to walk.
Momentarily I heard a cry and a sob. When I looked back, I knew the Rose plants were crying and sobbing.I was puzzled but did not want to ask them anything. Next day morning was also very beautiful and I visited the garden again. That morning, the garden was decorated with more flowers and more serenity had filled the air. The beauty of the garden and the sweet smell of the flowers made me very happy. I saw a few girls walking ahead of me happily talking.

Their long black hair was adored with red rose flowers. Oh! what a great beauty has been added with those flowers, I thought. I had forgotten the previous day's incident and without any hesitation, my hands stretched to pluck some flowers. All of a sudden I saw some changes in the rose plants. They stopped dancing anymore and started to cry.

I could not realize what was happening. I turned towards them and asked,"what is happening.Why are you crying ?"
They answered: "you are again trying to pluck our flowers, right ?"
 I answered, "Yes. Why, is it a mistake what I am doing ?"
"Surely. You are doing a wrong thing" 
 I asked them in a soft voice. "If I am doing something wrong, what did those girls walking ahead of me do? They plucked many of your flowers and they are on their hair. What about that.?"
The answer surprised me" Yes,they have done a fine job. Wearing the flowers on their hair makes them look more beautiful and so many people could enjoy the beauty of those flowers. surely, people appreciate . What you did was plucking the flowers and throwing them on the road and crushing them with your sandals without any concern of their beauty! The people came after you also crushed them without any mercy !!If you had not plucked them,people would have appreciated their beauty and enjoyed the sweet smell,even if our flowers had a very short life."
 My hands withdrew automatically. At that moment I found a great truth of life. Even if a life is for a short period only, it should be useful and beneficial to others and not to be crushed mercilessly and uselessly.
THE END
Written by George Kurian-copy rights with the author.
(Thanks to our Chief Editor, George Kurian for this beautiful and very meaningful short story). New World


Labels: George Kurian-Short Story-Red Roses 3/30/12 by Cynthia Abegail

BE THANKFUL.......FORWARDED BY ABRAHAM G

Be Thankful........

.( Our New World is blessed with so many stories,Poems and maxims of life. Below please enjoy something we all have to know how great our God is and how much we all are blessed. Thanks To our Abraham, G, for forwarding it for our readers)New World

Today, in the bus, I saw a girl with golden hair I looked at her and sighed and wished I was as fair. When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one leg and used a crutch. But as she passed, she passed a smile. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine I have 2 legs, the world is mine. I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold it had such charm. I talked with him a while, he seemed so very glad. If I were late, it'd do no harm. And as I left, he said to me, "I thank you, you've been so kind. It's nice to talk with folks like you. You see," he said, "I'm blind." Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I have 2 eyes, the world is mine. Later while walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue He stood and watched the others play He did not know what to do. I stopped a moment and then I said, "Why don't you join the others, dear?" He looked ahead without a word. And then I knew, he couldn't hear. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I have 2 ears, the world is mine. With feet to take me where I'd go. With eyes to see the sunset's glow. With ears to hear what I would know. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. I've been blessed indeed, The world is mine. If this poem makes you feel like I felt, just forward it to all your friends, after all, it's just a simple reminder.... We have soooooo much to be thankful for!!! "Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don't know something, For it gives you the opportunity to learn." "Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you're tired and weary, Because it means you've made a difference." Surya NarayananRef: Boban and Molly Group Labels: Abraham.G draft 6/9/10 by georgekurian (Republished)

A GENTLE BREEZE/ POEM:/CYNTHIA ABEGAIL'S COLUMN

A GENTLE BREEZE
(POEM)

How comforting!
As you came one autumn day
Leaves, all hues fell on the ground
Not streaks of fire but gentle breeze...

How consoling!
As you came a day of spring
Flowers bustle from buds of summer
Not hot and fiery but a soft wind...

How inspiring!
As you came an hour of summer
Sun blazing as my face lit and shine
Not scorching but a cold wind...

Come Holy Spirit, come!
With gifts beyond compare a' beauty!
Thou art welcome in my dreary heart-----
Come fill me up with love!

* A poem dedicated to God as we approach the Feast of Pentecost...


All rights reserved: Cynthia Abegail