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#3 SO YOU FEEL LIKE A DOG
1. I think of the words of Walt Whitman in his poem "Song
of Myself." He says:
I think I could turn and live with animals, they
are so placid and self contained . . . .
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep
for their sins . . . .
2. Mr. Whitman was expressing what many wish could be true
in their life. Many wish they could escape the guilt one
feels when they sin. Many wish there was some way to not be
bothered by their sin. An animal never worries about sin
and failure. Many, if they could become an animal so that
the guilt of their sin would not keep them awake at night
and bring great sorrow to their heart, they would seek such
3. William Wordsworth said, "From the body of one guilty
deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts
4. There are many that are haunted by the ghost of guilt.
There was some sin that was committed. There is some past
failure that haunts them and harasses them.
5. Seneca said, "Every guilty person is his own hangman."
7. What you did, how you failed, when you sinned, puts a
noose around your neck every day of your life. Your sin and
failure takes you to the gallows each day. The memory of
your sin makes you your own hangman.
8. The British author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of
the Sherlock Holmes stories, was known as a practical
joker. On one occasion, as a practical joke, he sent a
telegram to 12 of his best friends. He sent it as
anonymous. The telegram read, "Flee at once, all has been
discovered." In 24 hours all 12 had left the country. It
makes you wonder what it was that bothered them and haunted
9. It may be that some of you are on a guilt trip. I want
to say that the worse trip you will ever take is a guilt
trip. It may be that you feel like a dog. I want to say
that you do not have to be haunted by the ghost o ...
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