October Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 8, Issue
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
Tiger Cub Big Ideas 3 & 4
PRAYERS & POEMS FOR SCOUTERS
does not come from policy manuals. It
comes from people who care - and from a culture that encourages and models
Valerie Oberle, VP,
Disney University Guest Programs
not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are
pleasing to God.
To the world I
may be one person,
But to one
person I may be the world.
are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences."
- Author unknown
Where Was God In All Of This?
First of all, God was trying to discourage anyone from
taking this flight. Those four flights together held over 1000 passengers
and there were only 266 aboard.
God was on 4 commercial flights giving terrified
passengers the ability to stay calm. Not
one of the family members who were called by a loved one on one of the
highjacked planes said that passengers were screaming in the background.
On one of the flights God was giving strength to
passengers to try to overtake the highjackers.
God was busy trying to create obstacles for employees
at the World Trade Center. After
all only around 20,000 were at the towers when the first jet hit.
Since the buildings hold over 50,000 workers, this was a miracle in
How many of the people who were employed at the WTC
told the media that they were late for work or they had traffic delays?
God was holding up 2-110 story buildings so that 2/3 of
the workers could get out. It
was amazing that the top of the towers didn't topple when the jets impacted.
God was in the rescue workers who were running into the
buildings as most people were running out.
God was in the flight attendant who called her husband
as her plane was being hijacked to tell him that she loved him.
God was in the two men who carried a wheelchair-bound
woman down 70 flights of stairs to safety.
God was in the people who stood bleeding, in line to
God was in the strangers in cars, picking up strangers
stranded in the city and taking them home to their families.
God is in the people who are begging to volunteer, to
do anything to help
God is in the thousands, if not millions who are
flooding blood banks thousands of miles away to help people they have never
God is in the people who are comforting someone even
when they don't know what to say.
God is in the people who watched and cried for people
who may remain anonymous in name, but never in their sacrifice.
God is in my neighborhood where I see flags waving from
God is in the men and women, looking at 110 stories of
rubble, and seeing only the opportunity to find survivors.
God is with the heroes, most of whom will never be on
the news, whose stories will only be told to their closest friends and
family; but who saved someone's mother, father, sister, brother, daughter,
son, husband, wife, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, cousin, lover,
colleague, acquaintance, teacher, mentor or friend with a single act of
kindness, compassion and bravery.
God was not in the hearts of the people that caused
these inhumane events. However,
God was indeed there, where he was needed the most.
-- Author Unknown
You Are Blessed
You are blessed
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness
You are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the
loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation
You are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of
harassment, arrest, torture, or death
You are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your
back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep
You are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and
spare change in a dish someplace
you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married
you are very rare, even in the United States.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and
are truly thankful
you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch
them on the shoulder
you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.
If you can read this message, you just received a
double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you
are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read
Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this
along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.
My thanks to Fred for sending
Subject: Raising a Child
I have seen repeatedly the
breakdown of the cost of raising a
child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards
listed this way. It's nice, really nice.
The government recently
calculated the cost of raising a child
from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle-income
family. Talk about sticker
shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.
For those with kids, that figure leads to wild fantasies about all
the money we could have banked if not for (insert your child's name here).
For others, that number might
confirm the decision to remain childless.
But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down.
It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a
week. That's a mere $24.44 a
day! Just over a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the
best financial advice says don't
have children if you want to be "rich." It is just the opposite.
So, What do your get for your
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.
* A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building
sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what
the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.
* For $160,140, you never have to grow up.
* You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play
hide-and-seek, catch bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus.
* You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of
Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies,
and wishing on stars.
* You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under
refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas,
hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters
for Father's Day.
* For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck.
* You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee
off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a
splinter, filling the wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice
* You get a front row seat to history to witness the
first step, first word, first bra, first date, and first time behind the
* You get to be immortal. You get another branch added
to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your
obituary called grandchildren.
* You get education in psychology, nursing, criminal
justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
* In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with
God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under
the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever,
and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without
counting the cost.
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