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After four karate lessons I can break a four inch board with my cast.

A ninety-three-year-old woman at a nursing home received a visit from one of her fellow church members. “How are you doing?” her visitor asked. “Oh, I am sick with worry.” “What are you worried about? You seem to be in good health. Are they taking good care of you?” “Yes,” the elderly lady answered. “Are you in any pain?” asked her sympathetic visitor? “No” answered the elderly lady as she leaned back in her chair. “What I am worried about is that every close friend I have has died and gone to heaven. I’m afraid that they are all wondering where I went.”

In Australia, a kangaroo was hit by a car and rushed to the animal hospital. The next morning a doctor made his rounds of the ward and asked, “Was he brought here to die?” A nurse answered, “No, he was brought here yesterdie.”




Every day is a new day.

Enjoy walking in pathless woods.


“The church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.” - Henry Ward Beecher

“For no one can be compelled to good, because nothing compulsory cleaves to the man, for it is not his. That becomes the man’s own which is done from freedom…. - ”Emanuel Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia 10777

“Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.” - V. Raymond Edman

“Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all.” - St. Augustine

“If we do not radiate the light of Christ around us, the sense of the darkness that prevails in the world will increase.” - Mother Teresa

“Life is fragile; handle it with prayer.” - Anon

“The basis of all peace of mind, and what must be obtained before we get that peace, is a cessation of the conflict of two wills – His and ours.” - Charles G. Gordon


When some people are well they want the pleasures of the world; when they are sick they would give up all the world’s pleasures just to feel well.

Praise twice as much as you criticize.

by Ariel C. Gunther

In 1926 the federal government also expressed an interest in extending the airmail service to all principal cities in the country. It therefore put out proposals and asked for bids to accomplish this end. Harold [Pitcairn] was interested in the proposed route from New York to Atlanta, Georgia, so he and Jim Ray made a thorough survey and study of this route. This meant adding facilities to already established fields and in some cases actually purchasing land and building new fields to accommodate the mail planes. The contract was finally secured and plans were made to fly this mail route. Because the existing planes were ill-suited for this job, Harold asked Agnew Larson to design a plane for the specific work of carrying the mail. This ship was known as the Pitcairn “Mailwing.” It soon gained the respect of all the pilots who used it to fly the mail, and earned Pitcairn Aviation the stamp of integrity in its product. When the planes became obsolete for carrying mail, many of the pilots purchased them for their own use. (p. 97)


During World War II a bomb falling near Reims Cathedral shattered the beautiful rose window into thousands of pieces. The villagers, women and children, searched until every broken or splintered piece of glass was gathered up. After the war skillful artisans put the window back to its original beauty as each separate piece was leaded into the perfect whole. It is religion that enables us to pick up life’s fragments and re-dream our dreams, relive our hopes, rethink our faith, until the light of God once again shines through the windows of our lives. - Frank A. Court


  1. Jenny Lind [Swedish opera singer, 1820-1887, known as the Swedish Nightingale] always spent a few minutes alone in her dressing room before a concert. Her maid, who locked the door and stood guard over it, has told what happened in those last moments of preparation. Miss Lind would stand in the middle of the floor, her shoulders back and her head up, draw a deep breath, strike a clear, vibrant note and hold it as long as her breath lasted. When the overtones had all died away, she would look up and say: “Master, let me ring true tonight!”
  2. An old shepherd who offered a prayer in a Welsh revival meeting lamented his backsliding in these words: “Lord, I got among the thorns and briars, and was scratched and torn and bleeding. But, Lord, it is only fair to say it was not on your ground. I had wandered out of your pasture.”
  3. Ralph Adams Cram, the late great architect, was wont to say that the exterior of a church should be secondary to its interior. All too often church builders put up an imposing front to impress the passer-by and then economize by cheapening the furnishings within. But, said Dr. Cram, a church should be like a Christian in that it is better and richer the farther in you go.
    Written by Ralph W. Sockman in The Whole Armor of God, published by Abington Press. This was probably written in the early 1940s since Cram died in 1942 and is referred to as “the late great architect.”


Near the end of last August I met my neighbor Vita, age eleven, and one of her girl friends, on the road in front on my house. I asked Vita if she had had a family vacation. She told me that her family was going to go to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Then I turned to her friend who was quite small and appeared to have the body of an 8-year old, and I asked her if she had had a summer vacation from school. She responded, “I just got back from Europe. We went to several countries. When in Paris, we walked up to the second level of the Eifel Tower.” I was a bit surprised and I asked if she was wealthy. With a smile he responded that her aunt paid for the trip. To this information, Vita said, with a bit of a haughty tone, I thought, “I prefer Myrtle Beach.” Wow, my summer vacations never meant any more than freedom from school studies and the enjoyment of endless hours playing in the warm weather. That was good enough for me and my young pals.

One of my teenage friends was Vartan Yardumian. We used to lift weights and do various exercises in the old barn behind his family’s home on Terwood Road in Huntingdon Valley. The huge barn dated from c. 1770 – way back in Swedenborg’s time.

Vartan boxed while in the Navy. I recall that when he was in the area of the Mediterranean Sea he would box in Morocco. He became a recognized champion in his weight class, fighting and defeating local boxers. After he left the Navy he built a few homes in the Bryn Athyn and Huntingdon Valley area. He constructed mine in 1971 and to this day I am grateful to him for the very fine structure he built for me. He was a good friend.


“Yet habits linger in the soul – More grace, O Lord! More grace! – More sweetness from Thy loving heart – More sunshine from Thy face!” - Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863

“Whatever God tells us to do, He also helps us to do.” - Dora Greenwell, 1821-1882

“Lord, Jesus, turn us from the noise – Of endless strivings and empty joys – To find forever Thy one true peace – Rest from sorrow, from sin release!” - Harriet McEwen Kimball, 1834-1917

“All the spiritual enemies, all the enemies of a man’s own house, are to be destroyed by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, working by His grace in the heart. And when salvation is brought home to the heart, and wrought out there by the Lord, it is to be enjoyed and abode in, and the soul is not to return back again into captivity; but being delivered out of the hands of its inward spiritual enemies, is to serve God….” - Isaac Penington, 1616-1679


No one ever said that life would be easy.

People need to control their passions and not be controlled by them.

A wicked gossip is worse than a murderer’s hand.

Stop inflating your ego.

It is always darkest before the dawn.


“Weresoever we be, whatsoever we are doing, in all our work, in our busy daily life, in all schemes and undertakings, in public trusts, and in our private retreats, He is with us, and all we do is spread before Him. Do it, then, as to the Lord. Let the thought of His eye unseen be the motive of your acts and words. Do nothing you would not have Him see. Say nothing which you would not have said before His visible presence.” - Henry Edward Manning, 1808-1892

“By rooting out our selfish desires, even when they appear to touch no one but ourselves, we are preparing a chamber of the soul where the Divine Presence may dwell.” - Ellen Watson

“Come unto me,” says the holy Jesus, “All ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.” Beg of Him to be the light and life of your soul; love the sound of His name; for Jesus is the love, the sweetness, the compassionate goodness of the Deity itself; which became man, so that men might have the power to become the sons of God. Love, and piety, and wish well to every soul in the world; dwell in love and then you will dwell in God.” - William Law, 1686-1761

“Break off some one evil, seek to uproot some one sin, cut off some one self-indulgence, deny thyself some one vanity; do it as an offering to God, in hope once to see God; and some gleam of faith, and life, and love will stream down upon thy soul from the everlasting Fount of love. Follow on, and thou shalt never lose track of light.” - Edward B. Pusey, 1800-1882


Seventy feet above the floor of the Crossing is the ceiling that supports the Bell-Ringer’s deck. Below this ceiling is the area of the Tower Lantern and there are eight stained glass widows in it. Regarding them Bishop George de Charms recorded this information:

“On the south wall of the tower, representing the Mosaic Word appear Aaron and Moses….

“On the west wall, representing the Prophetic Word, are Phinehas [Old Testament priest] and Elijah [Old Testament prophet]….

“On the north wall, representing the New Testament, is Zacharias [father of John the Baptist]…and John the Baptist….

“And on the east wall, representing the Heavenly Doctrines, is the angel of the Book of Revelation…(Revelation 14:6) …and John the revelator…as the prophet of the Second Advent.”


“…I suppose the greatest thing in the world is loving people and – and wanting to destroy the sin but not the sinner. And not to forget that when life knocks you to your knees, which it always does and always will – well, that’s the best position in which to pray, isn’t it? On your knees. That’s where I learned.” - Ethel Barrymore, actress, born in Philadelphia, in 1879 and died in 1959