The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 5
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL OP-ED SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1997 AB T CONTRIBUTING EDITOR LETTERS TO THE JOURNAL BETTY PRICE for the Salina Journal We're all rotten at the core Only the help of God can clean our souls of sin A pril's cold wintry weather would be such a good time to cook a nice tasty pot of chicken soup — chopped cooked chicken, carrots finely chopped, also an onion, some midget rice, a few celery stalks. How about a couple of potatoes? Potatoes are one of the favorite vegetables of most cooks. There are so many ways they can be served. Four minutes in the microwave, served with a dab of sour cream or a pat of butter, a sprinkle of salt and pepper! Urn, good! It's served on holidays, mashed, with brown gravy, and on other occasions in many other ways. I picked out the two most perfect looking potatoes I could, washed them and started to peel the largest one. As I cut it I noticed a big black spot inside which I had to cut away. I wondered why such a perfect looking spud would contain such a rotten spot on the inside. Did the rains come at the wrong time? Was the seed it grew from inferior? Did it get bruised in the digging? Perhaps through careless handling or was it subject to freezing temperatures? I thought about people and how .they sometimes spend a fortune finding out the reason for the rotten spots we all need to worry about. We buy expensive clothes, go for beauty treatments, join exercise clubs, take vitamins, seek more education, jog, diet and many other external entangle. ments so as to have a great external appearance. We strive to become that beautiful person the TV commercials keep flashing on the screen. The exercise machines, perfect low-fat foods, hair restorers, diet pills and many more gimmicks. Have you noticed the commercials are louder than the regular program? The Bible tells us we're born with that rotten part inside our body. The Bible calls it sin. It says our hearts need to be circumcised. We pay big bucks to psychologists, medical doctors, mystics, and still we're seeking that inner healing for, like the potato under the com. mand of my paring knife, we want to get rid of that inner rottenness. . How can we conquer a meaningless life? Where is the surgeon who can perform a miracle which will remove and heal this dark, rotten, spot inside us? King David seemed to have this same problem over four thousand years ago. In the Book of Psalms 36:5-6, He cried "Your mercy O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgements are a great deep; O Lord you preserve man and beast." In Psalms 37:5 David declares '. "Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass." To remove that rotten spot, which God calls sin, we must sur. render our life to Him and become new creatures in Christ. God circumcises our heart and all things become new. Jesus went to the cross, washing out our spots, mak- • ing us whole and if we but ask Him to He will fill that place with Himself and make us sons and daughters of God. Thank you Jesus for the spiritual healing the Bible says is needed by all people. Don't forget to come to the Asbury campus of Salina Regional Health Center and join the March for Jesus which begins at 10 a.m. on May 17. If you want to show your love for Jesus come join the marchers, but be there by 9 a.m. to get organized. There isn't enough we can do to repay Him for giving His life for us! If you need to know more about the march you may call 913-827-9592. What an opportunity to show our gratitude to our Father for sending His only begotten Son to earth. • Betty Price is a Bennington farmwife and a member of the Salina Journal Board of Contributing Editors. Letters can see print more quickly if sent by e-mail: SJLetters@saljournal.com Remember Be Kind to Animals Week all year long During 51 weeks of the year, you hear from us about the animals we can't find homes for; the animals that we, heartbreakingly, have to euthani/e; and the animals we receive who are the victims of abuse and violence. But during Be Kind to Animals Week, sponsored by the American Humane Association, the Saline County Humane Association and the Salina-Saline County Animal Shelter joins a national effort to promote companionship, friendship, and love animals bring to our lives. May 4-10,1997, marks the 82nd annual Be Kind to Animals Week — the oldest national week of its kind — celebrated by animal shelters and humane societies throughout America. It's a time when we like to celebrate the good things we've accomplished for our animal friends. In 1996. more than 421 families adopted dogs and cats from our shelter. Approximately 1,200 area school children received humane education lessons. We responded to more than 280 care-requirement cases and worked 119 bite reports for the year. As we begin this year's Be Kind to Animals Week celebration, we are further reminded of our responsibilities to our animal friends: That we need to spay and neuter dogs and cats; that some animals need us to provide care and companionship; and that other animals need us to respect and maintain their habitats. The Salina-Saline County Animal Shelter thanks all those people who continually show kindness to animals and, in spirit, cel- ebrate Be Kind to Animals week all year- round. — ROSE BASE Salina • Rose Base is shelter coordinator of the Salina Animal Shelter. Sports coverage helps student athletes I am writing in regards to the sports section's great coverage of high school sports. I'm a student at Southeast of Saline High School and I participate in various high school sports. The Journal has done an excellent job of keeping the community informed on the Salina area athletes. During basketball season there was most P.O. Box 740, Salina, KS 67402 always a picture of a successful team, along with a positive article on the other teams. In track the results are always in the next day's paper, along with a spotlight of outstanding individual performances. Having good coverage of the sports in the area not only informs the community but also motivates all athletes by knowing their competition. — JAMI DAVIS Salina Litters to tin Journal Letters to the Journal are welcome. Please be brief and include a daytime telephone number for confirmation. SCENTIMENTAL FAVORITES Plus FREE Gifts For Mom FREE GIFT WITH ANY REALITIES BY Liz CLAIBORNE SPRAY PURCHASE This sophisticated, straw-weave sling bag Is her gift. A 40,00 value. 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