Monday, January 28, 2008


My mother recently forwarded to me an email that was short (I love short) and poignant. I emailed the author and asked him to add me to his daily mailing. Today's is below. The title caught my attention . . . (Thanks mom.)

January 28, 2008
Falling Asleep In Church

Have you seen the video on You Tube of President Clinton falling asleep in church? It's pretty funny because all of us have been there. Some times despite our best efforts we just cannot keep our eyes open. One morning I was really struggling when my eye caught sight of an ant walking across the back of the pew in front of me. The pew was full so I wondered if the little guy would walk the entire length without deviating. He didn't. He crawled onto the back of a woman in a white dress. It was grand for I was now wide-awake as I watched him zigzag across her shoulders. I was hoping he would climb her neck. He did! And he paid the price as she swatted and got him. There are some places we should never go.

Psalm 1:1 is a classic piece of advise. "Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful." David is saying, "Don't go there. Don't stop and listen and definitely don't sit down in bad places." Solomon adds
similar counsel in the first few chapters of Proverbs. He wrote, "That you may walk in the way of good men, and keep to the paths of the righteous." 2:20

We are curious creatures. Cats aren't anywhere nearly as curious as we are. Temptations abound and we are drawn. That's the time to claim the promise in James 1:5 and ask for wisdom. Solomon adds, "Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."


I'm Roger Bothwell and my address is Spring of Life, 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453 and my web address is and my e-mail address is Archives of past devotionals found at (You can also hear an audible version at 1-800-808-4330)

Thanks for reading and remember how very much you are loved.

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