Monday, October 17, 2022

Last week the Star Ledger carried a Sheneman l cartoon that really resonated. In the cartoon, a newscaster announces: “New Jersey adults have the lowest incidence of mental illness in the U.S. at just 16.7%, this according to a new report written by someone who has never driven the Parkway.”


Yesterday was a relatively calm day on the Parkway, not that many cars, certainly not like the summer or Labor Day Weekend.  But as I approached the two lane turnoff to get onto the Turnpike, a car sped past me on my left, cut in front of me, to pull onto the Turnpike exit.  There had been a car on my right in the left lane of the exit, but I guess it was not going fast enough, about 60 – my speed.


There are days I think I will meet my maker due to drivers who show absolutely no concern for others.  And no question that it has gotten much worse since the Pandemic. What is the matter with people who drive like there’s no tomorrow – because at the rate of speed they are going, there will be no tomorrow. A little courtesy never hurt

Prayer for the Day


As storms rage about us and we fear our ship will take on water
   Calm us, loving God, and enable us to see through the mist of our daily lives.
As the sky shakes with thunder and we find ourselves overwhelmed,
   Quiet us, Peaceful One, pointing us to the sun breaking through the clouds.
Bring us into the place where we can search our hearts and open them to you
   Lead us to the shore of our minds so we can find your truth and peace.
In the name of him who shared your truth with us,
         Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen


Thoughts for the Day


Courtesy is not learned by instinct. Like the other components of respect, courtesy has to be taught and modeled.
     - Brian Apollo, American write, from  How to Value Your Sons


Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.
      - Ouida,  English novelist, from  Wanda, Countess von Szalras. (1839-1908)


Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not to your own interests but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that you have in Christ Jesus.
        Paul, Letter to the Philippians 2: 3-5