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April May June   2009    Volume 4 Number 2


Leo Mayer President, Retired

Landesverband der Donauschwaben, USA

Robert Filippi, President-Elect

 Landesverband der Donauschwaben, USA 




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MAY  2009


Forwarded by Hilde Hornung


    A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.  He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.  As his car passed, no children appeared.  Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!  He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to  the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, 

    'What was that all about and who are you? 

    Just what the heck are you doing? 

    That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. 

    Why did you do it?'


    The young boy was apologetic.
    'Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,'

    He pleaded. 

    'I threw the brick because no one else would stop...'


    With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. 

    'It's my brother, 'he said 'He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up.'

    Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive,

    'Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.'

    Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.


    'Thank you and may God bless you,' the grateful child told the stranger.


    Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message:


 'Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!'



God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts.

Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, 

He has to throw a brick at us. 

It's our choice to listen or not.

Thought for the Day:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring.
He sends you a sunrise every morning.


Face it, friend - He is crazy about you!
Send this to every 'beautiful person' you wish to bless.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain.

But He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Read this line very slowly and let it sink in...
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.




APRIL 2009


Forwarded From American Aid Society of German Descendants


Word of God


The following scripture verses are taken from the book of Proverbs 31, beginning with verse . . .


10.    Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than previous rubies.


11.    Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.


12.    She will not hinder him but help him all her life.


13.    She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.


14.    She is like a merchant's ship; she brings her food from afar.


15.    She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plans the day's work for her servant girls.


16.    She goes out to inspect the field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.


17.    She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.


18.    She watched for bargains; her lights burns late into the night.


19.    Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.


20.    She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.


21.    She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm cloths.


22.    She quilts her own bedspreads. She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth.


23.    Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other civic leaders.


24.    She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.


25.    She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future.


26.    When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions.


27.    She carefully watches all that goes on in her house hold and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.


28.    Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:


29.    "There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!"


30.    Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.


31.    Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly
declare her praise.


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