Trading in Our Army Boots for Rockports
Steve N. Wagers
April 9, 2006
1. The Strange Apparel that Clothed Asher!
A) These Shoes Speak of the Hardness of Life
B) These Shoes Speak of the Heaviness of Life
2. The Sweet Assurance that Comforted Asher!
A) Strength Supplied in His Days
B) Strength Sufficient for His Days
3. The Strong Advice that Confirmed Asher!
A) The Spirit of God Hedges Us
B) The Spirit of God Helps Us
I'm sure that most of you are familiar with the children's book entitled, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." It is a book about a little boy named Alexander who is having "one of those days." It is a day where nothing goes right, and everything goes wrong. He has back to back disappointments. It is one continuous downer. Take for example when he wakes up in the morning. He comments:
"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair. When I got out of bed this morning, I tripped on my skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running; and, I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."
After a terrible day at school, a horrible visit to the dentist and a no good stop at the shoe store, Alexander slumps in his chair at the supper table. His troubles continue:
"There were lima beans for dinner and I hate lima beans. There was kissing on TV, and I hate kissing. My bath was too hot, I got soap in my eyes, my marble went down the drain, and I had to wear my railroad pajamas. I hate my railroad pajamas. When I went to bed Nick took back the pillow he said I could keep, the Mickey Mouse night light burned out, and I bit my tongue. The cat wants to sleep with Anthony, not with me. It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."
The truth of the matter is that every one of us knows what it's like, from time to time, to have one of those terrible, horrible, ...
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