The Cookie Thief

A woman was waiting at an airport one night
With several long hours before her flight
She hunted for a book in the airport shop
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see
That the man beside her as bold as could be
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene
She munched cookies and watched the clock
As this gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by
Thinking “If I wasn’t so nice I’d blacken his eye”
With each cookie she took he took one too
And when only one was left she wondered what he’d do
With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh
He took the last cookie and broke it in half
He offered her half as he ate the other
She snatched it from him and thought “Oh brother
This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude
Why he didn’t even show any gratitude”
She had never known when she had been so galled
And sighed with relief when her flight was called
She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate
Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate
She boarded the plane and sank in her seat
Then sought her book which was almost complete
As she reached in her baggage she gasped with surprise
There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes
“If mine are here” she moaned with despair
“Then the others were his and he tried to share”
“Too late to apologize she realized with grief”
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

by Valerie Cox

Do You Know God?

“Do you know God? Do you know there is a power greater than ourselves which manifests itself within us as well as everywhere else in the universe? This I call God. Do you know what it is to know God, to have God’s constant guidance, a constant awareness of God’s presence? To know God is to reflect love toward all people and all creations.To know God is to feel peace within—a calmness, a serenity, a unshakeableness which enables you to face any situation. To know God is to be so filled with joy that it bubbles over and goes forth to bless the world.”

From “Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work In Her Own Words” page 87

What can I do to make my life have more meaning?

Peace Pilgrim’s Answer:

“Fifteen years before my pilgrimage began, I felt completely willing —without any reservations—to give my life, and I started to live to give, instead of to get. Every morning I thought of God and thought of things I might do that day to be of service to God’s children. I looked at every situation I came into to see if there was anything I could do there to be of service. I did as many good things as I could each day—not forgetting the importance of a pleasant word and a cheery smile. I prayed about things that seemed too big for me to handle—and right prayer motivates to right action. My life just blossomed out. Try it.”

From: Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Works In Her Own Words – page 161