A man wrote a letter to a hotel he planned to visit on his vacation: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well-behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me?”  An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.”

2017 will undoubtedly go down as the year of sexual assault by men.  It seems like every day there is another news story of a Hollywood entertainer or a Washington politician being exposed as a sexual abuser, and often of multiple  women.  Now that doesn’t surprise me, but
what does is this -the public being in shock over the news.  I mean, think about it; from a child we are now taught that we are not made in the image of God, but that we are nothing more than animals, little more than monkeys.  Why then, should we be so startled when people start acting like animals?  It was the great humourist, Art Linkletter, who when asked what makes a great lover, responded as follows, “A great lover is not a man who goes from woman to woman, that’s what dogs do.  A great lover is the man who can satisfy the same woman all her life.  Now that’s a great lover!”


✓Note – It was wisely drawn to my attention that my scenario on the cause of most church shootings (domestic violence) was too cursory concerning the portion that read, “ultimately with the church’s help, the woman leaves the man and then she meets someone else at worship”.  It seemed to imply that the church is  encouraging the break-up of one marriage and the start of another relationship, all the while the previous marriage is still in existence.  So I have rewritten the scenario for the Pastor’s Page section on the website so that it reads as follows (and thank you to the one who kindly pointed out the above to me).

At home the wife is verbally/physically abused by the husband (initially she doesn’t say anything to anyone, hoping things will get better).  Finally, the abuse reaches the point where the wife must do something, so she contacts the church (usually one where family and/or friends attend).  Ultimately, in spite of the pastor’s best counseling effort, there is no changing the husband and the congregation assists the woman, for her own physical safety, to find a new place to live.  And out of gratitude, the lady begins to attend the services.  She also asks the court to issue a restraining order against her husband.  Then after the required year of separation and further threats from the man, often the wife, on her own, begins, divorce proceedings.  Then sometime after the granted divorce, she meets someone else at the church who is the exact opposite of her ex.  This causes her family and friends to heap praise on the nice guy and scorn on the abuser.  In the meantime, the now ex-husband is seething as he blames the woman and the church for his being alone.  Ultimately, that longtime simmering seething turns into murderous rage with the entire congregation his target.