Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Friend ~ D. J. Higgins

My friend, I stand in judgment now,
And feel that you're to blame somehow.
While on this earth I walked with you day by day-
And never did you point the way.
You knew the Lord in truth and glory
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim;
You could have led me safe to Him.
Though we lived together here on earth,
You never told me of your second birth
And now I stand this day condemned
Because you failed to mention Him.
You taught me many things, that's true;
I called you friend and trusted you.
But now I learned, now it's too late-
You could have kept me from this fate.
We walked by day and talked by night
And yet you showed me not the light.
You let me live, love, and die
And all the while you knew I'd never live on high.
Yes, I called you friend in life
And trusted you in joy and strife,
Yet in coming to this end
I see you really weren't my friend.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, hhis days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children: To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heaves; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
“The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking.”
— Jonathon Swift

Speaking of flying...

P = The problem logged by the pilot. S = The solution logged by the mechanic.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid.
S: No. 2 propeller seepage normal. Nos. 1, 3 and 4 propellers lack normal seepage.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on backorder.

P: Autopilot in "altitude-hold" mode produces a 200-fpm descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're there for!

P: Transponder inoperative.
S: Transponder always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: The T/C ball seemed stuck in the middle during my last turn.
S: Congratulations! You've just made your first coordinated turn.

P: Suspected crack in windscreen.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed radar with words.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Radio switches stick.
S: Peanut butter no longer served to flight crew

P: Screaming sound in cabin at start-up.
S: Company accountant deplaned.

P: Funny smell in cockpit.
S: Pilot told to change cologne.

P: Aircraft 2,400 lbs over max weight.
S: Aircraft put on diet of 92 octane.

P: Brakes howl on application.
S: Don't step on 'em so hard!

P: First class cabin floor has a squeak.
S: Co-pilot told not to play with toddler toys in cabin anymore.

Quotes from www.skygod.com/quotes/highflight.html

Isaiah 41:10 & 13

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

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