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        The Power Of  Words

                    "A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of
                         them fell into a deep pit.All the other frogs gathered around the pit.
                        When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that
       they were as good as dead.

                      The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of
                               the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop,
                                that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to
                               what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

                                The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the
                                       crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even
                                 harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, "
                            Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf.
                          He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

            This story teaches two lessons:

                           1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to
                                         someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.

                                    2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them.
                         Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path.

                                       The power of is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging
                          word can go such a   long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to
rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times.

               Author Unknown

                O' GREAT SPIRIT
                 Help me always to speak the truth
                            Quietly to listen with an open mind when others speak,
                              And to remember the peace that may be found in silence.