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FIVE WAYS TO EAT CROW
By Pastor Bob Moody

“I’m sorry. I can’t believe I said something so stupid and insensitive. Please forgive me. I really had no intention of hurting your feelings.”

“Boy, do I feel like a fool! I should have paid better attention when he was talking. Now I’ve missed their daughter’s wedding completely. They’ll think we don’t care. I was sure they said it was June 20th, not May 20th. That’s what I get for talking too much.”

“No, sweety, Daddy doesn’t think you’re stupid. Sometimes daddies say really dumb things. I love you more than anything. Please don’t cry. Daddy didn’t mean it. What, honey? Then, why did I say it? Oh baby, please don’t cry. I honestly love you, really I do. You’re such a smart girl. Please, don’t cry.”

“No, dear, your mother isn’t a witch. It’s just that sometimes – look, it doesn’t matter. I just wasn’t thinking, that’s all! Please, forgive me.”

“Yes, sir. I mean, no, sir. I don’t think you’re an idiot and this company isn’t worth the powder to blow it to kingdom come. It was just guys blowing off some steam. Honest, boss, if we had known you were there, we wouldn’t have said anything. What? You only heard me talking? Well, I guess I was kind of loud. Look, I am really sorry. I really like my job.”

How to avoid eating crow: SHUT UP!

Lord, I talk too much. Please, help me to listen more and talk less – a whole lot less!

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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