Honoring The Past, Present & Future-Rejoicing In The Lord


Kristen and Katie Corl

Kathie & Katie Corl-Kathie is the Mother Of Katie and Kristen Corl

Two Boxes

I have in my hands two boxes,
Which God gave me to hold.

He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the gold."

I heeded His words, and in the two boxes,
Both my joys and sorrows I stored,
But though the gold became heavier each day,
The black was as light as before.

With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why, And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole,Which my sorrows had fallen out by.

I showed the hole to God, and mused,
"I wonder where my sorrows could be!"
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
"My child, they're all here with me.."

I asked God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold and the black with the hole?
"My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,The black is for you to let go."

We should consider all of our friends a blessing.
Send this to a friend today just to let them know you are thinking of them and that they are a joy in your life.

A ball is a circle, no beginning, no end.
It keeps us together like our Circle of Friends.
But the treasure inside for you to see,
Is the treasure of friendship you've granted to me.

Today I pass the friendship ball to you.
Pass it on to someone who is a friend to you...


The Doll and the Rose

I was walking around in a store. I saw a cashier hand this little boy his money back saying "I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy this doll."

 Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: 'Granny, are you sure I don't have enough money?'

The old lady replied: 'You know that you don't have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.'

Then she asked him to stay there for 5 minutes while she went to look around. She left


The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand.  Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to. 

 "It's the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for this Christmas. She was so sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her."

I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus will bring it to her after all, and not to worry.

But he replied to me sadly. "No, Santa Claus can't bring it to her where she is now. I have to

give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there."

His eyes were so sad while saying this. "My sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.'

My heart nearly stopped.  The little boy looked up at me and said: "I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the m all."

Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me "I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won't forget me."

 "I love my mommy and I wish she doesn't have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister."  Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.

I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. "What if we checked again, just in case you do have enough money?'

"OK" he said "I hope that I have enough." I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money.

The little boy said: "Thank you God for giving me enough money!"  Then he looked at me and added "I asked yesterday before I slept for God to make sure I have enough money to buy this doll so that mommy can give it to my sister. He heard me!'

 "I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn't dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.'

"My mommy loves white roses."

 A few minutes later, the old lady came again and I left with my basket.   I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind.

Then I remembered a local newspaper article 2 days ago, which mentioned of a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car, where there was one young lady and a little girl.

The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had

to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-assisting machine, because the young lady would

not be able to recover from the coma.

Was this the family of the little boy?

Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the newspaper that the young

lady had passed away.  I couldn't stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before burial.

She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest.

I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed forever. The love that this little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a

fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno: "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and

 with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us....go ahead and ignore this.

For the rest of us....pass this on.

Worth Reading Any Time

The necklace

     The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five.
     Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle
      of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.

      "Oh mommy please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?"

      Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then
      looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned

      "A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them,
      I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save
      enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week
      away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."

      As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out
      17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and
      she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick
      dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her
      another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the

      Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up.
      She wore them everywhere, Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed.
      The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a
      bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck

      Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for
      bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read
      her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do
      you love me?"

      "Oh yes, daddy. You know that I love you."

      "Then give me your pearls."

      "Oh, daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse
      from my collection, the one with the pink tail. Remember, daddy? The
      one you gave me. She's my very favorite."

      "That's okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her
      cheek with a kiss.

      About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again,
      "Do you love me?"

      "Daddy, you know I love you."

      "Then give me your pearls."

      "Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The
      brand new one I got for my birthday. She is beautiful and you can
      have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper."

      "That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves

      And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

      A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her
      bed with her legs crossed Indian style.

      As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent
      tear rolled down her cheek.
      "What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?"

      Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy.
      And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a
      little quiver, she finally said, "Here, daddy; this is for you."

      With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's daddy reached out with
      one hand to take the dime store necklace, and with the other hand he
      reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a
      strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.

      He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the
      dime-store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure. So it is,
      with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap
      things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures.

      Isn't God good? Are you holding onto things that God wants
      you to let go of? Are you holding on to harmful or unnecessary
      partners, relationships, habits and activities that you have come so
      attached to that it seems impossible to let go? Sometimes it is so
      hard to see what is in the other hand but do believe this one thing.

      God will never take away something without giving you something
      better in its place.

      You can do two things with this story:
      A. Pass it on and let others be touched by its message;
      B. Throw it away and not let it touch your heart.

      The greatest gifts happen when you share love and touch others.

      NOT to DECIDE is to DECIDE

Katie and Kristen Corl


A lesson in love

Carl was a quiet man. He didn't talk much. He would always greet you with a big smile and a firm handshake.

Even after living in our neighborhood for over 50 years, no one could really say they knew him very well.

Before his retirement, he took the bus to work each morning. The lone sight of him walking down the street often worried us.

He had a slight limp from a bullet wound received in WWII.

Watching him, we worried that although he had survived WWII, he may not make it through our changing uptown neighborhood with its ever-increasing random violence, gangs, and drug activity.

When he saw the flyer at our local church asking for volunteers for caring for the gardens behind the minister's residence, he responded in hi s characteristically unassuming manner. Without fanfare, he just signed up.

He was well into his 87th year when the very thing we had always feared finally happened. He was just finishing his watering for the day when three gang members approached him. Ignoring their attempt to intimidate him, he simply asked, "Would you like a drink from the hose?"

The tallest and toughest-looking of the three said, "Yeah, sure," with a malevolent little smile. As Carl offered the hose to him, the other two grabbed Carl's arm, throwing him down. As the hose snaked crazily over the ground, dousing everything in its way, Carl's assailants stole his retirement watch and his wallet, and then fled.

Carl tried to get himself up, but he had been thrown down on his bad leg. He lay there trying to gather himself as the minister came running to help him. Although the minister had witnessed the attack from his window, he couldn't get there fast enough to stop it.

"Carl, are you okay? Are you hurt?" the minister kept asking as he helped Carl to his feet.

Carl just passed a hand over his brow and sighed, shaking his head "Just some punk kids. I hope they'll wise-up someday."

His wet clothes clung to his slight frame as he bent to pick up the hose. He adjusted the nozzle again and started to water.

Confused and a little concerned, the minister asked, "Carl, what are you doing?" "I've got to finish my watering. It's been very dry lately," came the calm reply.

Satisfying himself that Carl really was all right, the minister could only marvel. Carl was a man from a different time and place.

A few weeks later the three returned. Just as before their threat was unchallenged. Carl again offered them a drink from his hose.

This time they didn't rob him. They wrenched the hose from his hand and drenched him head to foot in the icy water.

When they had finished their humiliation of him, they sauntered off down the street, throwing catcalls and curses, falling over one another laughing at the hilarity of what they had just done.

Carl just watched them. Then he turned toward the warmth giving sun, picked up his hose, and went on with his watering.

The summer was quickly fading into fall, Carl was doing some tilling when he was startled by the sudden approach of someone behind him. He stumbled and fell into some evergreen branches.

As he struggled to regain his footing, he turned to see the tall leader of his summer tormentors reaching down for him. He braced himself for the expected attack.

"Don't worry old man, I'm not gonna hurt you this time." The young man spoke softly, still offering the tattooed and scarred hand to Carl. As he helped Carl get up, the man pulled a crumpled bag from his pocket and handed it to Carl.

"What's this?" Carl asked. "It's your stuff," the man explained. "It's your stuff back. Even the money in your wallet." "I don't understand," Carl said. "Why would you help me now?"

The man shifted his feet, seeming embarrassed and ill at ease. "I learned something from you," he said. "I ran with that gang and hurt people like you. We picked you because you were old and we knew we could do it. But every time we came and did something to you, instead of yelling and fighting back, you tried to give us a drink. You didn't hate us for hating you. You kept showing love against our hate." He stopped for a moment. "I couldn't sleep after we stole your stuff, so here it is back."

He paused for another awkward moment, not knowing what more there was to say. "That bag's my way of saying thanks for straightening me out, I guess." And with that, he walked off down the street.

Carl looked down at the sack in his hands and gingerly opened it. He took out his retirement watch and put it back on his wrist. Opening his wallet, he checked for his wedding photo. He gazed for a moment at the young bride that still smiled back at him from all those years ago.

He died one cold day after Christmas that winter. Many people attended his funeral in spite of the weather. In particular the minister noticed a tall young man that he didn't know sitting quietly in a distant corner of the church.

The minister spoke of Carl's garden as a lesson in life. In a voice made thick with unshed tears, he said, "Do your best and make your garden as beautiful as you can. We will never forget Carl and his garden."

The following spring another flyer went up. It read:
"Person needed to care for Carl's garden."

The flyer went unnoticed by the busy parishioners until one day when a knock was heard at the minister's office door.

Opening the door, the minister saw a pair of scarred and tattooed hands holding the flyer. "I believe this is my job, if you'll have me," the young man said.

The minister recognized him as the same young man who had returned the stolen watch and wallet to Carl.

He knew that Carl's kindness had turned this man's life around. As the minister handed him the keys to the garden shed, he said, "Yes, go take care of Carl's garden and honor him."

The man went to work and, over the next several years, he tended the flowers and vegetables just as Carl had done.

In that time, he went to college, got married, and became a prominent member of the community. But he never forgot his promise to Carl's memory and kept the garden as beautiful as he thought Carl would have kept it.

One day he approached the new minister and told him that he couldn't care for the garden any longer. He explained with a shy and happy smile, "My wife just had a baby boy last night, and she's bringing him home on Saturday."

"Well, congratulations!" said the minister, as he was handed the garden shed keys. "That's wonderful! What's the baby's name?" "Carl," he replied.

That's the whole gospel message simply stated.

Take 60 seconds give this a shot! Let's just see if Satan stops this one.

All you do is:

1. Simply say a small prayer for the person who sent you this.

Father, God bless this person in whatever it is that You know he or she may be needing this day!

2. Then send it on to five other people. Within hours five people have prayed for you, and you caused a multitude of people to pray to God for other people.

Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing that you know He loves.


AL,, Gray, Caramia and Chris Downing


Receive a Miracle

I know there will be no miracle tomorrow but this is beautiful.
How To Forgive (WOW)
One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking
in the woods.  As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things
were not right.  He thought about those who had lied about him back
when he had a job.
His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.

He remembered family that had passed on.  His mind turned to the illness
he had that no one could cure.  His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.
Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing
all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek
the one he knew would always be there.  And with tears in his eyes, he

"Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life.  You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed.  Today, you have told me to forgive.  I am sad, Lord, because I cannot.  I don't know how.

It is not fair Lord.  I didn't deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn't have to forgive.  As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don't know how to forgive.  My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that you teach me to do this one thing I cannot do - Teach me To Forgive."

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder.  He opened his eyes.  Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt.

He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been
was a large square piece of wood in the ground.  He raised his head and
saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross.  He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a
torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.  Finally he saw
the suffering and pain on His precious face.  As their eyes met, the man's
tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

"Have you ever told a lie?" He asked?

The man answered - "yes, Lord."

"Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?"

The man answered - " yes.  Lord." And the man sobbed more and more.

"Have you ever taken something from work that wasn't yours?" Jesus asked?

And the man answered - "yes, Lord."

"Have you ever sworn, using my Father's name in vain?  "

The man, crying now, answered - "yes, Lord."

As Jesus asked many more times, "Have you ever"?  The man's crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer - "yes, Lord."

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt
something fall on his other shoulder.  He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus.  When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, "I didn't deserve this either, but I forgive you."

It may be hard to see how you're going to get through something, but when
you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.

Read the following first line slowly and let it sink in.

If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

Lord I love You and I need You, come into my heart, today.  For without
You I can do nothing.

You will receive a miracle tomorrow.  If you choose not, then you refuse to bless someone else.

Chandale Corl & Tiffany Shields

(The Last Sentence Is The Best)

Some people hear the alarm going off, hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes.

He stays up for days on end.

Some people
take a warm shower to help them wake up.

He goes days or weeks without running water.

Some people
complain of a "headache", and call in sick.

He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

Some people
put on their AntiWar/Don't Support the Troops shirt, and go meet up with their friends.

He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

Some people
make sure their cell phone is in their pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

Some people
talk trash about their "buddies" that aren't there at the moment.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

Some people
walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

Some people
complain about how hot it is.

He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

Some people
go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got their order wrong.

He doesn't get to eat today.

Some people have the
maid make their bed and wash their clothes.

He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

Some people
go to the mall and get their hair redone.

He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

Some people are
angry because their class ran 5 minutes over.

He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

Some people c
all their girlfriend and set a date for tonight.

He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

Some people
hug and kiss their girlfriend, like they do everyday.

He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

Some people
roll their eyes as a baby cries.

He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

Some people
criticize our government, and say that war never solves anything.

He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

Some people
hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.

He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

Some people
see only what the media wants us to see.

He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

Some people
are asked to do something for a friend or family member and donít.

He does exactly what he is told.

Some people
stay at home and watch TV.

He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

Most of us
crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.

He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gunfire.

Some people
sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him.

If only there were more men like him!

If you support your troops, re-send this to everyone you know,

If it gets to another veteran who hasn't received it yet, it will bring back memories.


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

Jesus Christ and
the American G. I.

One died for your soul;
the other for your freedom

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