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by Jaye Lewis
I only noticed him out of the corner of my eye. I knew he was
a Marine from the cut of his uniform, with it's tightly pressed
military creases. Then I heard him, speaking low with a kind
of hiss. He was not speaking to me. He was speaking to my
Sergeant, who was the Non Commissioned Officer, in charge
of the Military Information Booth, at San Francisco
International Airport, where I served as a Navy WAVE,
during the Vietnam War.
I heard his tortured attempt to speak. "Hep nee, peesss!"
(Help me, please!) He struggled with every word. I was
grabbing my purse to take a much needed break, but I was
caught by his struggle to make himself understood. I could
hear the irritation in the sergeant's voice, as she demanded
that he "speak up!"
I paused, as he began again, "I-nee-to-change-ny-tickek!"
I understood every painful word he said. He needed to change
his ticket. What was wrong with my NCO? "I CAN'T understand
you!" She said, irritated. "Speak up!" How rude! I thought. I turned,
putting down my purse, and I looked at him, again beginning
his struggle to speak. And, no wonder. There stood a tall,
strong Marine Officer, perfect in his pristine uniform, missing
half his jaw! My God, I thought! What is she thinking?!
"Excuse me, Sir. I can help you." Without thinking, I shoved
my Sergeant aside and maneuvered my way in front of her.
I could see the man's teeth through the wire that held his face
together. I was of no importance, a lowly seaman apprentice,
but I knew what this man needed. Someone, who cared
enough to listen. I studied his eyes. I saw the pain, and
I felt his humiliation. Soul to soul, I knew what to do. I smiled.
A big, welcoming smile.
"Yes Sir! How can I help you?" Painfully.slowly.words,
tortured and slurred, escaped from his wired mouth.
I listened with all my heart, and I watched his eyes.
Dear God, help me to understand! I prayed. And I did
understand him, more than I can express. I gave him the
directions he needed, and his eyes smiled his thanks.
When he walked away, I called a friend at United Airlines,
who adopted him immediately, taking great care with his situation.
I thanked God for this opportunity to help a real hero.
However, I also knew I was in trouble. I looked at my Sergeant,
feeling anger rise in me, at her rudeness and total lack of sensitivity.
She stared at me, and she said, "I could put you on report."
Her eyes narrowed. Without thinking, I blurted out, "...and,
I could put YOU on report, Sergeant, for insubordination to
an officer!" My eyes spit fire, as I hurtled the stack of report
chits towards her. "Be my guest!" I said, as I grabbed my
purse. "I'll be on break." And I left.
I went on to supper, as I knew it would be a long night.
I was troubled, however, now that my "dander" was down,
at the thought of going to Captain's Mast, for my
insubordination to an NCO. I was certain it would be very unpleasant.
As I neared the United Airlines counter, I saw him again.
His luggage was being checked, and his back was towards
me. Then, as though someone had told him where I was, he
turned, and he looked at me. Our eyes met, for an eternity.
Then I smiled.
This soldier and hero, in the United States Marine Corps,
pulled himself up to his full height, and with all the military
perfection in his being, he gave me a sharp, military salute!
I was thrilled! WAVES did not salute indoors, especially,
when they were not wearing their cover (hat), but I pulled
myself to attention and returned that salute.
Moving on to the cafeteria, I walked a little taller, and I felt
more like a lady than I ever had before, in my whole life!
And...just a little bit...I felt like a hero.
Jaye Lewis, © 2002
Write Jaye and let her know what you thought of her story!
As we approach Memorial Day, I wonder does he remember? I've
asked myself that question for thirty-five years! I was twenty-one
years old. My Sergeant never did put me on report. Now, I'm
a retired Navy wife and Vietnam Era Veteran, who hopes we
remember, in our present war, that the Marines of the United
States Navy, and all our Special Forces, hit the ground running,
so that we don't have to.
Jaye Lewis is a Heartwarmer Gem and contributing author to
Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives and writes in the beautiful
mountains of southwestern Virginia. Jaye's website can be visited
by going to www.entertainingangels.org and you can view her
personal blog at http://entertainingangelsencouragingwords.blogspot.com
by Freda Fullerton
They gave up all their tomorrows,
For the freedom we enjoy today.
They gave up their hopes and dreams
That we might have a better way.
They marched across this nation,
With freedom in their breast.
They sailed across the ocean
To meet each and every test.
They fell at Valley Forge.
They marched through Tennessee.
They bled and died at Gettysburg,
So that we might live free.
They fought oppression in the Forest of Argonne,
Battled beneath the Verdun sky,
As they fought the war of wars,
Where so many were to die.
They stood on Iwo Jima
And raised Ole Glory way up high,
As cries of fallen comrades
Reached far into the sky.
In the battle of the Bulge,
Were young men, brave and true.
They stumbled upon distant beach heads,
Trying to make it through.
They were there to aid Korea
Some, not knowing why?
Only knowing, that it was ordered
And some would surely die.
They fought in Vietnam,
Not knowing friend or foe,
With peers, at home protesting,
Wailing sad, sad, songs of woe.
They showed up in Croatia,
Were there in Desert Storm,
Brought freedom to Afghanistan,
Protecting Iraq was just the norm.
They had plans for the future.
They had loved ones left behind,
They were sacrificed for others,
Heroes... the very valiant kind.
Write Freda and let her know your thoughts on her poem!
Freda has been writing poetry for over thirty years and has had
some of her work published. She is a mother of three and grandmother
of six. She and her husband Jim celebrated their Golden Wedding
Anniversary in January. One of their grandsons, Russell Walker, is
in the Navy, aboard the Stennis. They left the port of San Diego
Monday for a four month mission. She also has a daily inspirational
that she sends out. You can visit her website at: http://www.shcoc.org
Creation Q & A
Q: Evolutionists claim that they have found a missing link this week called "Ida". Is this true?
The principles that inform creationists about Ida are some of the same that allow creationists to interpret fossil after fossil hailed as "transitional forms":
- Nothing about this fossil suggests it is anything other than an extinct, lemur-like creature. Its appearance is far from chimpanzee, let alone "apeman" or human.
- A fossil can never show evolution. Fossils are unchanging records of dead organisms. Evolution is an alleged process of change in live organisms. Fossils show "evolution" only if one presupposes evolution, then uses that presupposed belief to interpret the fossil.
- Similarities can never show evolution. If two organisms have similar structures, the only thing it proves is that the two have similar structures. One must presuppose evolution to say that the similarities are due to evolution rather than design. Furthermore, when it comes to "transitional forms," the slightest similarities often receive great attention while major differences are ignored.
- The remarkable preservation is a hallmark of rapid burial. Team member Jørn Hurum of the University of Oslo said, "This fossil is so complete. Everything's there. It's unheard of in the primate record at all. You have to get to human burial to see something that's this complete." Even the contents of Ida's stomach were preserved. While the researchers believe Ida sunk to the bottom of a lake and was buried, this preservation is more consistent with a catastrophic flood.4 Yet Ida was found with "hundreds of well-preserved specimens."5
- If evolution were true, there would be real transitional forms. Instead, the best "missing links" evolutionists can come up with are strikingly similar to organisms we see today, usually with the exception of minor, controversial, and inferred anatomical differences.
- Evolutionists only open up about the lack of fossil missing links once a new one is found. Sky News reports, "Researchers say proof of this transitional species finally confirms Charles Darwin's theory of evolution," while Attenborough commented that the missing link "is no longer missing." So are they admitting the evidence was missing until now (supposedly)?
So it's clear what Ida is not. As for our conclusion on what Ida is, we wrote in News to Note:
ecause the fossil is similar to a modern lemur (a small, tailed, tree-climbing primate), it's unlikely that creationists need any interpretation of the "missing link" other than that it was a small, tailed, probably tree-climbing, and now extinct primate?from a kind created on Day 6 of Creation Week.
Much of the excitement over Ida appears to stem from a well-coordinated public relations effort to promote an upcoming documentary and a new book titled The Link. The documentary will air on the History Channel in the U.S. (as The Link) on May 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It will air on BBC One in the UK (as Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link) on Tuesday May 26th at 9 p.m. Filmmaker Atlantic Productions even launched a website to promote the discovery, revealingthelink.com.
Yet as Hurum commented, "This fossil will probably be pictured in all the textbooks for the next 100 years." So while the media rush may at first be a bid to promote the documentary and book, the ultimate result is one more trumped-up "missing link" presented to future generations as evidence of evolution.
To read more about this visit: http://answersingenesis.org/articles/2009/05/19/ida-missing-link
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Thought For The Day
"You can always tell a real friend: When you've made a fool of yourself he
doesn't feel you've done a permanent job." --Lawrence J. Peter
Verse for the Day
"He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who
repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends." -- Proverbs 17:9 Amp
Kid's Thought For The Day
"Don't wait for someone to ask if you're hungry."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Any kid will run any errand for you if you ask at bedtime." --Red Skelton
Coach's Thought For The Day
"This department requires no physical fitness program. Everyone gets enough
exercise jumping to conclusions, flying off the handle, running down the
boss, knifing friends in the back, dodging responsibility, and pushing their luck."
Writer's Thought For the Day
"I get to stand up there and read to a bunch of adults who in many cases
nobody's read to in years, since they were about five. They just squat on the
floor. That's enormously enjoyable." -- Author, Neil Gaiman
Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
"The irony is devastating. The main purpose of Darwinism was
to drive every last trace of an incredible God from biology. But
the theory replaces God with an even more incredible deity -
omnipotent chance." T. Rosazak, "Unfinished Animal", 1975, p. 101-102.
Deep Thought For The Day
"In elementary school, in case of fire you have to line up quietly in single-file
line from smallest to tallest. What is the logic? Do tall people burn slower?"
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