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PAPER LANTERNS I5


PAGE 1

WALK DOWN SUNDOWN ROAD,
AND YOU WILL FIND THAT MANY
FALLEN STARS STILL SHINE.

THOSE WHO STILL HAVE FAITH
, IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY,
ARE THE TRIED AND TRUE.

THOUGH THE NOVICE IS
QUICK TO JUDGE, GRADUATES OF
THE SLIDE UNDERSTAND.

PAGE 2

A SEED RISES FROM
A FALL TO FULFILL PROMISE
OF NEW BEGINNINGS.

LIFE CONTINUES PAST
OUR LITTLE IDEAS OF
DIVINE PURPOSE.

THERE'S A PURPOSE FOR
THE SOLDIER, AND THE HEALER;
SOMETIMES THEY'RE THE SAME.

PAGE 3

A FLOWER, AND A
GALAXY, ARE BOTH A PART
OF LIFE'S EXPRESSION.

SOME THINGS MERIT OUR
ANGER, BUT PATIENCE CAN FIND
GOOD WAYS TO USE IT.

HOORAY FOR THOSE WHO
CAN CONVERT ANGER TO AN
ENERGY FOR GOOD.

PAGE 4

SOME PEOPLE CANNOT
RECOGNIZE SUCCESS, EXCEPT
AS FAME AND MONEY.

AN EGO FULL OF
ITSELF, WILL ONLY PURR FOR
THOSE WHO WILL STROKE IT.

OFTEN, THE WORDS WE
DON'T WANT TO HEAR, ARE THE WORDS
WE MOST NEED TO HEAR.

PAGE 5

THE LIMITS IMPOSED
BY AGE NEED NOT BE FRUITLESS;
WE CAN GAIN SOUL STRENGTH.

WHEN THE OUTSIDES DON'T
WORK WELL, THEN WE HAVE TIME TO
WORK ON THE INSIDES.

SOME OLD FOLKS SHINE.
THOUGH WRAPPED IN ACHES AND CHANGE,
THEY FIND INNER STRENGTH.

PAGE 6

WE ARE NOT "USELESS"
BECAUSE AGE REQUIRES US TO
SHIFT TO "VERTICAL".

WHY "HORMONE-UP" SO
WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE
MORE FOOLISH MISTAKES ?

GROWING OLDER WITH
GRACE, MEANS ACCEPTANCE OF NEW
AREAS OF LIFE.

PAGE 7

THERE'S MORE TO ENJOY
ABOUT LIFE THAN JUST THE PART
THAT'S BELOW THE BELT.

PITY THOSE WHO THINK
THAT THEY CAN RUN THE WHOLE SHOW;
SOMEDAY THEY'LL WAKE UP.

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO KNOW
THEY'RE A PART OF THE WHOLE SHOW;
THEY PLAY THEIR ROLE WELL.

PAGE 8

LIKE TRICKLE-TRICKLE -
NICKEL-NICKEL, WORRY DRAINS
OUR COPEING POWER.

LIKE REDEMPTIVE LOVE,
FAITH WILL RESTORE OUR WANING
SPIRITUAL POWER.

TEMPTATION'S VOICE MAY
BE LOUDER THAN CONSCIENCE, BUT
IT IS NOT WISER.

PAGE 9

NOTHING CAN DERAIL
A GOOD CAUSE FASTER, THAN USE
OF FORCEFUL METHODS.

WHATEVER BE THE
THEORY, IF TIME AND WORK
WON'T PROVE IT, IT'S WRONG.

UNTIL PEOPLE SEE
THE BENEFIT OF A CHANGE,
THEY WILL RESIST IT.

PAGE 10

IT REQUIRES SIGN-UP
FOR THE LONG HAUL, TO BRING CHANGE
THAT IS WORKABLE.

WE CAN'T REALLY FAKE
COMPOSURE; IT'S INTERNAL.
IT'S THERE, OR IT'S NOT.

COMPOSURE IS A
LONG LEARNING, AND A TRUE SIGN
OF STRONG CHARACTER.

PAGE 11

SUPPRESSED ANGER, IS
NEVER TRUE COMPOSURE; IT'S
JUST A LEASHED LION.

IT IS EASY TO
MISJUDGE OTHERS, IF WE JUDGE
BY APPEARANCES.

ISOLATION, CAN
OFTEN CHANGE THE MIND OF AN
ISOLATIONIST.

PAGE 12

FELLOWSHIP IS A
FAVORED WAY OF LIFE, FOR THOSE
WHO DO THE WORLD'S WORK.

GOD SEEMS TO OFTEN
USE CONFINEMENT TO PREPARE
SOME FOR SPECIAL WORK.

WE CAN'T PEDAL "PAST"
INTO THE "FUTURE", BUT WE
CARRY ITS LESSONS.

PAGE 13

THE WEALTH OF LESSONS
LEARNED, AND LOVE SHARED, THROUGH
YEARS, ARE LIFE'S AWARDS.

OUR LORD ALWAYS KNOWS
WHERE WE ARE, AND THE MESSAGE
TO SEND WHEN NEEDED.

NO MESSAGE WILL BE
HEARD, IF WE WON'T TAKE THE TIME
TO PAUSE AND LISTEN.

PAGE 14

GOD KNOWS ALL OUR DEPTHS;
OUR SCARS, AND OUR SHADOWS, AND
OUR SEED OF PROMISE.

THOUGH WE SOMETIMES FEEL
LIKE A CORK ON THE SEA, WE'RE
STILL BOBBING ALONG.

THERE'S NO SWEETER SONG,
THAN THE SONGBIRD'S DAY AND NIGHT
SONG OF NESTING TIME.


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WHEN WE HAVE PRAYED, AND
SPEND OUR QUIET TIME LISTENING,
THAT'S DOING SOMETHING.

TOO OFTEN, THE WRONG
ARE STRONG, BECAUSE NO CONSCIENCE
INTERFERES WITH ACTS.

LIFE'S SEASONING MAY
BE SALT AND PEPPER, BUT SHOULD
BE WISELY BALANCED.

PAGE 16

ANY ASPECT OF
LIFE CAN BE TINCTURED BY PRAYER,
TO SERVE GOD'S PURPOSE.

SAILING SHIPS CAN'T MOVE
IN THE "DOLDRUMS"; NOR CAN FOLKS
WHO COUNT ON THE WIND.

CAN ANYONE RUN
AN OBSTACLE COURSE, AND NOT
GET TIRED AND DIRTY ?

PAGE 17

DOES NOT EVEN THE
REFINER'S FIRE LEAVE US WITH
SOME SMOKE-STAINED GARMENTS ?

THE YEARS WEAR ON US.
THE FIRES PURIFY OUR SOUL.
THE WINDS POLISH US.

WHEN OUR PRIDE IS TAMED,
AND OUR PRETENSES ARE SHED,
WE FIND OUR PURPOSE.

PAGE 18

CHARISMA IS NICE,
BUT CHARACTER IS BETTER,
AND MORE ENDURING.

FAITH IS OF SUPREME
VALUE, WHEN WE ARE IN THE
GRIP OF A CRISIS.

WE MUST CULTIVATE
OUR FAITH, BY DAILY USE, SO
IT IS STRONG FOR TRIALS.

PAGE 19

THE OPPRESSER ARMS
THOSE OPPRESSED, BY TEACHING THEM
STRENGTH OF ENDURANCE.

EVERY ACT HAS A
REACTION, WHICH TEACHES US
TO BETTER OUR ACTS.

WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE
WITH OUR CHOICES, SO WE LEARN
TO THINK ABOUT THEM.

PAGE 20

OUR EDUCATION
DOES NOT END WITH THE SCHOOLROOM.
IT'S A LIFETIME COURSE.

IT'S A WASTE OF TIME
TO TRY TO DEAL SENSIBLY
WITH HAUGHTY REBELS.

EXPERIENCE WILL
TEACH THOSE WHO CAN'T HEAR IT'S GOOD
ADVICE FROM OTHERS.

via/bjc 2007

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