TODAY'S THEME: Eli: Everyone Makes Mistakes
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So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh.
Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle
of the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and
wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, "O Lord of hosts, if You
will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me,
and not forget Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the
Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head."

And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli
watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips
moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was
drunk. So Eli said to her, "How long will you be drunk?
Put your wine away from you!"

But Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of
sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink,
but have poured out my soul before the Lord..."

Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace, and the God of Israel
grant your petition which you have asked of Him."

1 Samuel 1: 9-14, 15, 17
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the
wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser
today than he was yesterday.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
Irish cleric, satirist, author of "Gulliver's Travels"

Note from Lisa Bowman:
And you think you've been wrong before...
Here are some famous mistakes that should make
you realize that, in the lyrics of song-
meister Sammy Cahn, "Everybody
Has the Right to be Wrong."
So read and take heart!

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be
seriously considered as a means of communication.
The device is inherently of no value to us."

Western Union internal memo, 1876

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling
on his face and not Gary Cooper."

Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role
in the film, "Gone With The Wind."

"Man will never reach the moon regardless
of all future scientific advances."

Dr. Lee DeForest, Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to
earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."

A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's
paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith
went on to found Federal Express Corporation)

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides the market research
reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and
chewy cookies like you make."

Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of
Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

"640 K ought to be enough for anybody."
Bill Gates, 1981


It's never too late. You can't screw up so badly that God
can't find something worth building in the wreckage,
that life can't assert its return when it is time.

Barbara Crafton

Epicopal priest, author and spiritual director


Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience
with yourself. Do not lose courage considering your own
imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -
every day begin the task anew.

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Bishop of Geneva


Prayer is the most powerful means of overcoming any
kind of discouragement. It connects you with an
omnipotent, omniscient Father who loves you
unconditionally, who sees where you are and
is going to help you in it.

Charles Stanley ( 1932-  )
Baptist minister



Source of all good! Day by day are they blessings renewed to us;
and again we come with thankful hearts to seek the sense of they
presence. O that we could be reborn like the morning, and
our love rise as fresh as the dawn, and our obedience
be as sure as the path of the sun.

For even as we seek to commune with thee, shadows from our
past dim the joy of our aspiration. We remember our thoughtless
lives, our impatient tempers, our selfish aims; and yet we know
that thou has neither made us blind like the creatures that have no
sin, nor left us without holy guidance -- thy still, small voice
speaking in our inmost conscience and thine open word,
having dwelt among us full of grace and truth,
appealing to us to choose the better part.

Take us now to serve thee in newness of spirit, and sweep
away with a holy breath every dust of care,
every trace of fear, every taint
of an uncharitable word.

James Martineau (1805-1900)
English philosopher

And now, the Last Word:

I think that if God forgives us,
we must forgive ourselves.

C. S. Lewis
Author of "The Chronicles of Narna"



































































Bonus quote:

It is more serious to lose hope than to sin.

John of Karpathos


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