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July 17, 2017

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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and growing evidence suggests it’s not only taking a toll on their physical health through heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and/or other conditions, but hurting their mental health as well.

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      • Kill a sheep, and then press its steaming lungs on either side of the head. Keep the lungs in place as long as they remain warm. (From 16th-century French surgeon Ambroise Paré.)
      • After the evening meal, eat lettuce, drink wine, and rub an ointment made of the oil of violets or camphor on the temples. Dissolve a mixture of poppy seeds, lettuce seeds, balsam, saffron, and sugar and cook it in poppy juice. Then listen to pleasant music and lie down on a bed covered with the leaves of fresh, cool plants. (From 15th-century philosopher Marsilio Ficino.)” — Benjamin Reiss, author of Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World
       

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      Find joy in the little things
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      Physical activity seems to counterbalance poor sleep, Barber says, because it promotes healthy brain functions needed to properly regulate emotions and behavior. “This study suggests that high amounts of exercise can be at least one way to compensate for sleep troubles that lead to negative behaviors at home,” she says.
      Barber acknowledges that finding time to work out and get a full night’s sleep can be difficult when work pressures are mounting—and that often, job stress can directly relate to sleep quality. (Her previous research suggests that not only can a bad day at the office keep us up at night, but that poor sleep can also affect how we interpret events at work.)
      But, she says, making the effort to burn some extra calories—and blow off some steam—can be worth it. It’s not only good for you, says Taylor, but it can benefit the people you live with as well.
      “I would advise people to think of sleep and exercise from an investment perspective rather than another task on the to-do list,” Barber says. “It may seem like more work upfront, but the boost in motivation and energy can help you avoid sinking deeper into workplace stress and productivity problems.”

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      Date:
      January 16, 2017
      Source:
      Taylor & Francis
      Summary:
      One in five young people regularly wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media, according to new research. This night-time activity is making teenagers three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school than their peers who do not log on at night, and could be affecting their happiness and wellbeing.
      1 in 5 young people regularly wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media, according to new research published today in the Journal of Youth Studies. This night-time activity is making teenagers three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school than their peers who do not log on at night, and could be affecting their happiness and wellbeing.
      Over 900 pupils, aged between 12-15 years, were recruited and asked to complete a questionnaire about how often they woke up at night to use social media and times of going to bed and waking. They were also asked about how happy they were with various aspects of their life including school life, friendships and appearance.
      1 in 5 reported 'almost always' waking up to log on, with girls much more likely to access their social media accounts during the night than boys. Those who woke up to use social media nearly every night, or who didn't wake up at a regular time in the morning, were around three times as likely to say they were constantly tired at school compared to their peers who never log on at night or wake up at the same time every day. Moreover, pupils who said they were always tired at school were, on average, significantly less happy than other young people.
      "Our research shows that a small but significant number of children and young people say that they often go to school feeling tired -- and these are the same young people who also have the lowest levels of wellbeing. One in five young people questioned woke up every night and over one third wake-up at least once a week to check for messages. Use of social media appears to be invading the 'sanctuary' of the bedroom." Said author Professor Sally Power, Co-Director (Cardiff) Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).
      The study findings support growing concerns about young people's night-time use of social media. However, because of the complex range of possible explanations for tiredness at school, further larger studies will be needed before any firm conclusions can be made about the social causes and consequences of sleep deprivation among today's youth.

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      Date:
      December 13, 2016
      Source:
      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Summary:
      A study of older adults links consumption of a pigment found in leafy greens to the preservation of 'crystallized intelligence,' the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.

      Lutein helps with the preservation of “crystallized intelligence" and is acquire through the diet, primarily through eating leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, or egg yolks.
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      A study of older adults links consumption of a pigment found in leafy greens to the preservation of "crystallized intelligence," the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.
      The study is reported in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
      Lutein (LOO-teen) is one of several plant pigments that humans acquire through the diet, primarily by eating leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, or egg yolks, said University of Illinois graduate student Marta Zamroziewicz, who led the study with Illinois psychology professor Aron Barbey. Lutein accumulates in the brain, embedding in cell membranes, where it likely plays "a neuroprotective role," she said.
      "Previous studies have found that a person's lutein status is linked to cognitive performance across the lifespan," Zamroziewicz said. "Research also shows that lutein accumulates in the gray matter of brain regions known to underlie the preservation of cognitive function in healthy brain aging."
      The study enrolled 122 healthy participants aged 65 to 75 who solved problems and answered questions on a standard test of crystallized intelligence. Researchers also collected blood samples to determine blood serum levels of lutein and imaged participants' brains using MRI to measure the volume of different brain structures.
      The team focused on parts of the temporal cortex, a brain region that other studies suggest plays a role in the preservation of crystallized intelligence.
      The researchers found that participants with higher blood serum levels of lutein tended to do better on tests of crystallized intelligence. Serum lutein levels reflect only recent dietary intakes, Zamroziewicz said, but are associated with brain concentrations of lutein in older adults, which reflect long-term dietary intake.
      Those with higher serum lutein levels also tended to have thicker gray matter in the parahippocampal cortex, a brain region that, like crystallized intelligence, is preserved in healthy aging, the researchers report.
      "Our analyses revealed that gray-matter volume of the parahippocampal cortex on the right side of the brain accounts for the relationship between lutein and crystallized intelligence," Barbey said. "This offers the first clue as to which brain regions specifically play a role in the preservation of crystallized intelligence, and how factors such as diet may contribute to that relationship."
      "Our findings do not demonstrate causality," Zamroziewicz said. "We did find that lutein is linked to crystallized intelligence through the parahippocampal cortex."
      "We can only hypothesize at this point how lutein in the diet affects brain structure," Barbey said. "It may be that it plays an anti-inflammatory role or aids in cell-to-cell signaling. But our finding adds to the evidence suggesting that particular nutrients slow age-related declines in cognition by influencing specific features of brain aging."
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      Materials provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Original written by Diana Yates. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.
      Journal Reference:
      Marta K. Zamroziewicz, Erick J. Paul, Chris E. Zwilling, Elizabeth J. Johnson, Matthew J. Kuchan, Neal J. Cohen, Aron K. Barbey. Parahippocampal Cortex Mediates the Relationship between Lutein and Crystallized Intelligence in Healthy, Older Adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2016; 8 DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00297

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      Alexandria, VA—For the third year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. The results show a country that is indeed more insured, but still falling dramatically short in meeting the needs of those with mental health concerns. 
       
      Health care reform has reduced the rates of uninsured adults with mental health conditions—19 percent remain uninsured in states that did not expand Medicaid, 13 percent remain uninsured in states that did expand Medicaid. Over 40 million Americans are dealing with a mental health concern—more than the populations of New York and Florida combined. There are over 1.2 million people currently residing in prisons and/or jails with a mental health condition and lack of access to mental health care is linked with higher rates of incarceration. 56 percent of adults still don’t receive treatment. Youth mental health problems are on the rise, and 6 out of 10 young people with major depression do not receive ANY mental health treatment. In states with the lowest workforce, there’s only 1 mental health professional per 1,000 individuals—that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and psychiatric nurses combined. In the overall rankings, Connecticut came out as #1, while Nevada landed at #51. “Once again, our report shows that too many Americans are suffering, and far too many are not receiving the treatment they need to live healthy and productive lives,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, Mental Health America. “Mental illness touches everyone. We must improve access to care and treatments, and we need to put a premium on early identification and early intervention for everyone with mental health concerns.”
       
      In developing the report, MHA looked at 15 different measures to determine the rankings. MHA hoped to provide a snapshot of mental health status among youth and adults for policy and program planning, analysis, and evaluation; to track changes in prevalence of mental health issues and access to mental health care; to understand how changes in national data reflect the impact of legislation and policies; and to increase the dialogues and improve outcomes for individuals and families with mental health needs.
       
      “This is ultimately about policy decisions we make.  It isn’t just about what states are red and what states are blue,” Gionfriddo added, “because there are some of each near the top and the bottom.  But political environments in states do seem to matter.  Those that invest more in mental health clearly have to throw away less money on jails and prisons.  

      “It’s time to act—we must invest in the overall physical and mental well-being of our citizens—every day,” concluded Gionfriddo. “We must address these mental health concerns before crisis and tragedy strikes—before Stage 4.”


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      Start Your Day With an Omega-Rich Breakfast
      Want to sleep well? Start your day with omega-3s! These healthy fats lower anxiety and help your body produce the hormones you need to sleep at night. Get your daily dose by adding a couple tablespoons of chia seeds, flaxseeds orwalnuts to your breakfast. Aim for 600 mg or about four tablespoons of flaxseeds a day. 

      Limit Your Caffeine Intake
      Coffee is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, but drinking it in the afternoon can wreak havoc on your sleep. While a little caffeine is good for you, it can linger in your system for hours and keep you up long after your last cup. Protect your sleep by avoiding caffeinated drinks after 2 p.m. 

      Set a Kitchen Curfew
      While heavy meals and alcohol close to bedtime may make you feel drowsy, they actually undermine your sleep by stimulating you late at night. Instead of snoozing soundly, you'll wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time getting back to sleep. Avoid this by setting a kitchen curfew! Close the kitchen at 7 p.m. and stop snacking. 

      Keep Your Bedroom Cool
      Research shows that insomniacs have a warmer core body temperature than normal sleepers. You can’t maintain your sleep if you’re too hot, so cool down by keeping your bedroom between 65 and 67 degrees.

      Replace Pills with Progressive Muscle Relaxation
      Skip sleeping pills! While they may seem like a smart idea at the time, they can cause dependency, prolonged drowsiness and overeating. Instead, opt for an all-natural sleep-better solution: progressive muscle relaxation. Systematically tensing and relaxing your muscles signals to your brain it's time to go to sleep and helps distract you from anxieties that may be keeping you up. For beginners, try listening to this guided muscle relaxation from sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus. 

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      Do you see what I see? Not necessarily with these optical illusions! When you look at an image, your brain takes that information into perception. Sometimes, an image can trick the brain into perceiving it differently from what the picture actually is, creating an optical illusion.
      Take a look at the following 10 images to find out if you can see the two images masking as one.

      Is It a Man Playing a Horn or Woman’s Face?
      When you stare at this black and white image, do you see woman’s face with hair on the right side of it or a man playing a horn? If you can’t see the man, look at the black shape. See him now?

      Is It a Rabbit or a Duck?
      If you look at this image one way, the two rectangular shapes on the left could be a duck’s bill. But if you look at it another way, those shapes might appear to you as a pair of rabbit ears.

      Do You See One Face or Two?
      When staring at this image, you might see two silhouettes facing each other. Look again and you may just see one face staring at a candlestick.

      Do You See a Stream or People?
      Some people may see a rushing stream going down a mountain in this picture, but if you take a closer look at that stream, you may see it as people wearing white robes. What do you see?

      Is It a Frog or Horse?
      At first glance, this image may just look like an illustration of a horse. However, if you tilt your head to the left you might see a frog sitting on a lily pad instead.

      Is It a Vase or Two Faces?
      In this popular optical illusion you might see a vase. Another person might look at it and see two silhouettes of faces. Do you see how the curves of the vase could form the shape of a face and vice versa?

      Do You See an Old Man, an Old Woman, or a Girl?
      Your eye might show you one, two or even three different images in this complex optical illusion. Do you see the large nose and mustache of a man who is wearing a hat? Perhaps you see the young girl wearing a hat who is looking away on her left. Or, you might see the old woman, also wearing a hat, who is facing to the left.

      Are the Circles Intertwining or Concentric?
      Do these circles look like they’re intertwining to you? Now, take another look and try to pinpoint the locations in which the circles meet. If you can’t find them, don’t worry. These circles are actual concentric and only have the illusion of intertwining with one another.

      Are the Circles Moving?
      Staring still at this image will show you two stationary circles with a black dot in the middle of the inner circle. Stare at the dot, but start moving your head closer to the image, and then pull it away. Did you see the circles move?

      Do You See an Elderly Man and Woman or a Young Man and Woman?
      When you look at this image do you see two elderly people gazing at each other? If not, you might see two people wearing sombreros while sitting down set against a larger scene. The man is playing the guitar. These people’s bodies make out the silhouettes of the elderly couple’s faces.

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      New research suggests troubling links between job dissatisfaction and physical and mental health troubles.

      You know that saying, "This job may be hazardous to your health?" Those words, according to a recent study, might not solely apply to careers spent around toxic waste or malfunctioning equipment—they could very well describe any career that’s leaving you unsatisfied.
      Ohio State University (OSU) surveyed workers between 25 and 39 about both their job satisfaction and physical and mental health (building off a study from the ’70s), and found that those who expressed lower levels of fulfillment in their career were more likely to also report issues like depression or sleep difficulty.
      Maybe that’s not too surprising: If you’re not happy at work, your emotional well-being is bound to take a hit. But the results suggest that the effects may go further: Those with low satisfaction throughout their careers were also more likely to be diagnosed with emotional issues, the study says, and tend to worry excessively.
      Even your physical health can take a toll: Unsatisfied workers were more likely to report back pain, for instance, and also claimed to become ill with greater regularity than respondents who said they were content in their career.
      "The higher levels of mental health problems for those with low job satisfaction may be a precursor to future physical problems," Hui Zheng, a sociology professor at OSU and author of the study, said in a statement. "Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older."
      Though there’s no way to predict or guarantee how you’ll eventually feel about a given job, OSU’s study should serve as a wakeup call for job seekers. Take a close look at an employer’s workplace culture, whether you’re reading reviews on Kununu or simply observing your surroundings when you come onsite for an interview. Do people seem happy to be working there? It’s not a trivial question.
      Of course, it also helps to have a short list of fields where workers love what they do. A recent survey conducted by Monster and social media analytics firm Brandwatch included just that, identifying which industries tended to employ people who love their jobs. Travel, education, and media all ranked highly—but location counts, too. According to the survey, workers in low-population states like Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota were more likely to express job satisfaction.
      And if you’re still worried about your job potentially affecting your mental health, we’ve got good news: Another study ranked numerous careers by their likeliness tosafeguard your brain against Alzheimer’s disease. They key element? Working closely with other people: Physicians, lawyers, and speech pathologists were among the highest-ranking roles.

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      Gardons notre coeur fort dans la foi jusqu'aux jour de Dieu
       
      Imaginez un avion de petite taille pris dans le mauvais temps. Le pilote perd ses repères au sol. Des nuages épais l'environnent, et l'empêchent de voir plus loin que son pare-brise. Pourtant, il est certain arriver à bon port. Pourquoi est-il si confiant?
      Grâce à la précision de ses instruments de bord, il est en mesure de naviguer au travers des nuages ou d'atterrir dans l'obscurité. Sur sa route, et surtout à l'approche de l'aérodrome, des balises électroniques le guident, et il reste en contact radio avec la tour de contrôle.
      De façon assez similaire, nous pouvons regarder l'avenir avec confiance, quand bien même les conditions mondiales s'assombrissent de jour en jour. Notre vol à travers le système corrompu de ce monde est plus long que prévu, mais nous pouvons être sûr de nous trouver sur la bonne voie et d'arriver en temps et en heure qui nous aie prévu. Si nous en sommes persuadés, c'est par ce que les conseils que nous recevons nous donnent une vue ensemble plus perçante que l'oeil humain.
      La paroles de Dieu est une lumière pour notre sentier, et elle est digne de foi, rendant sage l'inexpérimenté. (Psaumes 19:17 ; 119:105)
      Telle une balise qui indique au pilote la bonne trajectoire, la bible nous expose ce que l'avenir nous réserve et nous fournit des instructions claires pour nous mener à la bonne destination. Mais cette direction divine ne nous sera profitable que si nous nous montrons confiants.
      Dans sa lettre aux hébreux, Paul a exhorté les chrétiens d'origine juive à retenir ferme jusqu'à la fin la confiance qu'ils avaient eu au commencement de leur apprentissage . (Hébreux 3:14) Si elle n'est pas maintenue ferme, notre confiance peut être ébranlée. Comment garder confiance en Jéhovah jusqu'à la fin?
      Cultivons notre foi
      Si un pilote est capable de naviguer sans visibilité, avec seulement les recours de ses instruments de bord et en contact radio, c'est parce qu'il a derrière lui une formation adapté à toutes situations et sa formation spéciale de départ qui fut sur de longue période d'heure de vol de pratique et former par des hommes expériences à ses côtés. De même un serviteur de Dieu à constamment besoin d'exercer sa foi de manière à garder confiance dans les direction de Jéhovah, surtout si les circonstances deviennent difficiles. L'apôtres Paul a écrit: " Parce que nous avons ce même esprit de foi que celui dont il est écrit:" J'ai exercé la foi, c'est pourquoi j'ai parlé; donc, nous exerçons la foi, c'est pourquoi nous parlons. (2Corinthiens 4:13). Ainsi en parlant autour de nous de la bonne nouvelles que Dieu nous a donné, nous exerçons notre foi véritable et nous l'affermissons.
      Voici une belle expérience de foi au temps de la seconde guerre mondiale.
      Magdalena, qui a passé quatre ans dans un camp concentration pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, sait l'importance de la prédication. " Maman m'a appris que pour garder une foi forte , dit-elle, il faut absolument s'intéresser au bien être spirituel des gens. Pour vous donner une idée, je me souviens de notre sortie du camp de Ravensbrück. Nous sommes arrivées chez nous un vendredi, physiquement exténuées. Eh bien, figurez vous que deux jour plus tard, le dimanche, nous sommes allées prêcher de maison en maison avec nos frères et soeurs. Je suis sûr d'une chose: quand on s'efforce d'aider les autres à voir confiance dans les promesse de Dieu, ces promesses deviennent plus réelles pour nous." (Actes 5:42) 
      Pour garder une confiance ferme et inébranlable jusqu'à la fin, il faut s'investir dans d'autres activités spirituelles. L'étude individuelle est une source de force car elle nous aide à puiser en profondeur l'essence de notre foi et Jéhovah nous transmet cette foi quand nous le faisons avec joie véritable venant d'un coeur entier. Imitons l'exemple de Béreens en examinant minutieusement les Écritures chaque jour. Cela nous aidera à "avoir la pleine certitude de l'espérance dans les moments difficiles et nous guidera vers une santé pour passer les tribulations avenir jusqu'à la fin."( Hébreux 6:11 ; Actes 17:11) L'étude individuelle, il est vrai que cela demande du temps et de la volonté.
      En gardant un rythme soutenu à cette volonté, nous seront des imitateurs de ceux qui, grâce à la foi et à la patience, hériteront de la promesse de notre Créateur Jéhovah.
      Confiant et bâtissons notre expérience 
      Évidemment, la confiance d'un pilote en ses intruments ne tient pas uniquement à la formation reçue. Elle est dictée par l'expérience. De même, notre confiance en Jéhovah grandit quand nous constatons dans notre vie qu'il se soucie de nous avec amour. C'est parce qu'il en avait fait l'expérience que Josué a pu rapeller ceci aux Israélites: Vous savez bien de tout votre coeur et de tout âme que pas une parole n'a faillit de toutes les bonnes paroles que vous a dites Jéhovah votre Dieu. Toutes se sont réalisées pour vous.-(Josué23:14). Jéhovah nous guide toujours dans le bonne direction.
      Les mauvaises compagnies peuvent nous faire dévier du droit chemin
      Sous l'effet du vent, un avion de petite taille peut facilement dévier si sa trajectoire n'est pas corrigée. De même, les chrétiens d'aujourd'hui subissent constamment des influences extérieures. Nous vivons dans un monde aux pensées charnelles, où les valeurs spirituelles sont facilement tournées en ridicule, et où l'argent et les plaisirs sont largement mis en avant scène. Paul à fait savoir à Timothé que les derniers jours seraient "difficiles à supporter"(2Timothé 3:1-5) Le monde actuel souhaitent être acceptés et bien en vus, les adolescents se laissent particulièrement influencer par les mauvaises compagnies. (2Timothé 2:22)
      Quel que soit notre âge, nous côtoyons forcément des gens qui critiquent nos croyances. D'aucun trouveront à leur réflexion une certaine finesse, mais aux yeux de Dieu elles sont physique et non spirituelles (1 Corinthiens 2:14) Aux jours de Paul, les sceptiques, des philosophes imprégnés de la sagesse propre au monde, propageaient des enseignements qui ont peut être amené certains serviteurs de Corinthe à perdre la foi en la résurrection. (1 Corinthiens 15:12) "Ne vous laissez pas tromper. Les mauvaises fréquentation font perdre les bonne habitudes." ( 1 Corinthiens 15:33) 
      À l'inverse, les bonnes compagnies nous affermissent sur le plan spirituel. Dans l'assemblée chrétienne, nous sommes à même de côtoyer des personnes qui vivent leur foi. Cela est essentiel à notre cheminement et garde notre relation avec Dieu de manière ordonnée et privilégie une relation d'amitié avec Dieu constante et forte.
      Foi et condition de coeur qui approuve nos valeurs chrétienne 
      Pour que la confiance en Jéhovah s’installe en nous, il est important que notre cœur soit touché. Certes, “ la foi est l’attente assurée de choses qu’on espère, la démonstration évidente [ou “ preuve convaincante ”, note] de réalités que pourtant on ne voit pas ”. (Hébreux 11:1.) Toutefois, nous ne serons convaincus qu’à condition d’y mettre notre cœur (Proverbes 18:15 ; Matthieu 5:6). C’est la raison pour laquelle l’apôtre Paul a dit que “ la foi n’est pas le bien de tous ”. — 2 Thessaloniciens 3:2.
      Comment rester réceptifs à toutes les preuves convaincantes dont nous disposons ? En cultivant les qualités spirituelles, qualités qui enrichissent et stimulent la foi. Pierre nous exhorte à ‘ fournir à notre foi la vertu, la connaissance, la maîtrise de soi, l’endurance, l’attachement à Dieu, l’affection fraternelle et l’amour ’. (2 Pierre 1:5-7 ; Galates 5:22, 23.) En revanche, si nous sommes égocentriques ou si notre service pour Jéhovah n’est que symbolique, est-il bien raisonnable de croire que notre foi grandira ?
      Avant de lire la Parole de Jéhovah et afin de la mettre en pratique, Ezra “ avait préparé son cœur ”. (Ezra 7:10.) Mika, lui aussi, a montré que son cœur était touché : “ Mais pour moi, c’est Jéhovah que je guetterai. Je veux rester dans l’attente du Dieu de mon salut. Mon Dieu m’entendra. ” — Mika 7:7.
      C’est avec la même patience que Magdalena, déjà citée, attend Jéhovah (Habaqouq 2:3). “ Nous avons déjà le paradis spirituel, dit-elle. La prochaine étape, le Paradis terrestre, viendra en son temps. En attendant, des centaines de milliers de personnes s’ajoutent à la grande foule. C’est merveilleux de voir tant de gens rejoindre l’organisation de Dieu. ”
      Regardons vers le Dieu de notre salut
      Pour garder fermement confiance jusqu’à la fin, il faut exercer notre foi et écouter attentivement les conseils que Jéhovah et son organisation nous donnent. Cela en vaut vraiment la peine. Quelle satisfaction pour un pilote, au terme d’un vol long et pénible, de redescendre et de sortir enfin de la masse nuageuse ! Devant nous se déroule une campagne verte et hospitalière. La piste de l’aérodrome est là, au-dessous, prête à l’accueillir.
      Des moments exaltants nous attendent, nous aussi. Notre monde sinistre, mauvais, fera place à une nouvelle terre de justice. Un magnifique accueil nous sera réservé. Nous pourrons arriver à bon port si nous suivons les paroles du psalmiste : “ Tu es mon espoir, ô Souverain Seigneur Jéhovah, ma confiance depuis ma jeunesse. (...) En toi est ma louange, constamment. ” — Psaume 71:5, 6.
      Cultivons la foi qui surpasse toutes pensées.

       
       

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    • Eric Ouellet

      LA DOUCEUR UN PRÉMICE EN NOTRE ÊTRE POUR RÉSISTER CONTRE TOUTES ÉPREUVES
       
      DEVONS-NOUS faire face à des changements en ce moment ? AVONS-NOUS du mal à les accepter ? La plupart d’entre nous ont vécu ou vivront des changements. Des exemples de serviteurs du passé peuvent nous aider à identifier des qualités qui nous seront utiles.

      Prenons l'exemple de David, qui a dû faire face à de nombreux changements. Il était un jeune berger quand Samuel l’a oint comme futur roi. Alors qu’il n’était qu’un garçon, il s’est porté volontaire pour combattre le géant philistin Goliath (1 Sam. 17:26-32, 42). Le jeune David a été invité à vivre à la cour du roi Saül et a été nommé chef de l’armée. David n’aurait jamais pu imaginer tous ces changements, ni ce qui allait se produire après.
      Les relations entre David et Saül sont devenues extrêmement tendues (1 Sam. 18:8, 9 ; 19:9, 10). Pour échapper à la mort, David a été obligé de vivre plusieurs années en fugitif. Même durant son règne sur Israël, sa situation a radicalement changé, surtout après qu’il a commis l’adultère et, pour tenter de couvrir son péché, il commit un meurtre par sa décision de mettre son grand guerrier en avant de l'affront, pour avoir sa femme et camouflé son action grave. À cause de ses fautes, il a subi des malheurs dans sa famille, tels que la rébellion de son fils Absalom (2 Sam. 12:10-12 ; 15:1-14). Néanmoins, après s’être repenti, il a été pardonné par Jéhovah et a retrouvé sa faveur auprès de Dieu.
      Notre situation aussi peut changer. Des problèmes de santé, financiers ou familiaux — ou même nos propres actions — entraînent des changements dans notre vie. Quelles qualités nous aideront à être mieux préparés à les affronter ?
      Le rôle de l’humilité
      L’humilité implique d’être disposé à se soumettre. La vraie humilité nous permet de nous voir comme nous sommes réellement et de voir les autres comme ils sont. En ne minimisant pas les qualités et les réussites des autres, nous apprécierons davantage leur personnalité et leurs actions. En outre, l’humilité nous aide à comprendre pourquoi une situation survient et à y faire face.
      Jonathân, le fils de Saül, est un bon exemple sous ce rapport. Des événements dont il n’était pas maître ont changé sa vie. Lorsque Samuel a annoncé à Saül que Jéhovah lui enlèverait le royaume, il n’a pas dit que Jonathân le remplacerait (1 Sam. 15:28 ; 16:1, 12, 13). Le choix de Dieu de faire de David le prochain roi d’Israël écartait Jonathân DE CETTE FONCTION ROYAL. La désobéissance de Saül a eu, d’une certaine manière, un effet négatif sur son fils. Même s’il ne portait aucune responsabilité, Jonathân ne succéderait pas à son père (1 Sam. 20:30, 31). Comment a-t-il réagi ? A-t-il gardé du ressentiment en raison de cette occasion manquée, devenant jaloux de David ? Non. Même s’il était bien plus âgé et plus expérimenté, il a fidèlement soutenu David (1 Sam. 23:16-18). L’humilité l’a aidé à voir qu'il avait la bénédiction divine ; il ne pensait pas de lui-même plus qu’il ne fallait penser ’. (Rom. 12:3.) Il a compris ce que Jéhovah attendait de lui et a accepté, La décision de Jéhovah.
      Évidemment, nombre de changements engendrent des difficultés. À un certain point, Jonathân était en relation avec deux hommes proches de lui. L’un était son ami David, le futur roi désigné par Jéhovah. L’autre était son père Saül, qui avait été rejeté par Jéhovah mais qui régnait encore sur Israël. S’efforcer de garder la faveur divine dans ces conditions a dû occasionner à Yonathân une tension émotionnelle. Les changements que nous vivons peuvent nous causer de l’inquiétude et de la crainte intérieure. Mais si nous essayons de comprendre le point de vue de Jéhovah, nous serons en mesure de continuer à le servir fidèlement tout en affrontant ces changements.
      L’importance de la modestie
      La modestie implique d’être conscient de ses limites. Il ne faut pas confondre modestie et humilité. Une personne humble n’a pas forcément une pleine conscience de ses limites.
      David était modeste. Même si Jéhovah l’avait choisi pour être roi, il a dû attendre des années avant de monter sur le trône. La Bible ne dit pas qu’il a reçu une explication de la part de Jéhovah pour ce retard apparent. Cependant, la situation, qui aurait pu le contrarier, ne l’a pas perturbé. Il était conscient de ses limites et comprenait que Jéhovah, qui permettait cela, maîtriserait les choses en temps et lieux. Ainsi, même pour sauver sa propre vie, il n’a pas voulu tuer Saül, et il a empêché son compagnon Abishaï de le faire. — 1 Sam. 26:6-9.
      Il peut se produire dans notre assemblée  une situation que nous ne comprenons pas ou qui, à notre avis, n’est pas gérée de la manière la plus conforme ou la plus organisée. Reconnaîtrons-nous modestement que Jésus est le Chef de l'assemblée et qu’il agit par le moyen du collège des anciens établi à notre tête ? Serons-nous modestes, sachant que, pour conserver sa faveur, nous devons attendre que Jéhovah dirige les choses par Jésus Christ ? Attendrons-nous avec modestie, même si c’est difficile ? — Prov. 11:2.
      La douceur de caractère aide à être positif
      La douceur est liée à l’humilité et à la modestie, mais elle englobe également la bonté de coeur. Bien qu’elle soit difficile à acquérir, nous devrions nous efforcer de la cultiver. La Bible déclare en effet que les doux de caractère hériteront de la terre . (Mat. 5:5.) Une personne douce de caractère peut croître spirituellement, car elle se laisse enseigner, modeler et guider par Jéhovah en suivant les pas de Jésus Christ notre modèle par excellence.
      Comment la douceur de caractère peut-elle nous aider à nous adapter à de nouvelles étapes de notre vie ? Nous avons probablement constaté que beaucoup ont tendance à voir les changements de manière négative. En réalité, ceux-ci peuvent se révéler des occasions d’être davantage formés par Jéhovah. C’est ce qui ressort de la vie de Moïse.
      À 40 ans, Moïse possédait déjà d’excellentes qualités. Il s’était montré sensible aux besoins du peuple de Dieu et avait manifesté l’esprit de sacrifice (Héb. 11:24-26). Toutefois, avant que Jéhovah lui demande de faire sortir Israël d’Égypte, il a dû passer par des changements qui ont affiné sa douceur de caractère. Il a fallu qu’il s’enfuie d’Égypte, et qu’il vive en Madiân pendant 40 ans, travaillant dans l’ombre comme simple berger. Quel a été le résultat ? Ce changement l’a rendu meilleur (Nomb. 12:3). Il a appris à faire passer les intérêts spirituels avant les siens.
      Pour illustrer la douceur de caractère de Moïse, examinons ce qui est arrivé lorsque Jéhovah a déclaré qu’il voulait rejeter le peuple désobéissant et faire des descendants du prophète une nation puissante (Nomb. 14:11-20). Moïse a intercédé en faveur du peuple. Ses paroles montrent que ce qui lui tenait à cœur, c’était la réputation de Dieu et le bien de ses frères, non ses propres intérêts. Il fallait quelqu’un de doux pour assumer son rôle de chef et de médiateur. Miriam et Aaron ont murmuré contre lui ; pourtant, Moïse était “ de beaucoup le plus doux de caractère de tous les hommes ”, précise la Bible (Nomb. 12:1-3, note, 9-15). Il semble qu’il a supporté leurs critiques avec douceur. Comment les choses auraient-elles tourné s’il n’avait pas été doux de caractère ?
      Une autre fois, l’esprit de Jéhovah s’est posé sur certains hommes, les faisant prophétiser. Josué, l’assistant de Moïse, a eu le sentiment que ces Israélites agissaient mal. Étant doux de caractère, Moïse, lui, a vu les choses comme Jéhovah les voyait, et n’a pas eu peur de perdre son autorité (Nomb. 11:26-29). S’il n’avait pas été doux de caractère, aurait-il accepté cette nouvelle disposition de Jéhovah ?
      La douceur de caractère a permis à Moïse d’exercer correctement la grande autorité et le rôle que Dieu lui avait confiés. En effet, Jéhovah l’avait invité à monter sur le mont Horeb et à représenter le peuple. Il lui avait parlé par un ange et l’avait nommé médiateur de l’alliance. La douceur de caractère de Moïse l’a aidé à accepter ce changement important et à demeurer dans la faveur immérité de Dieu.
      Et nous ? La douceur de caractère est indispensable à notre croissance spirituelle. Tous ceux qui ont reçu des responsabilités et une certaine autorité au sein du peuple de Dieu doivent la manifester. Une telle douceur nous empêche d’agir avec orgueil face aux changements et nous permet de les gérer avec le bon état d’esprit. Notre réaction est importante. Accepterons-nous le changement ? Le considérerons-nous comme une occasion de nous améliorer ? Ce pourrait être une occasion unique de cultiver la douceur !
      Nous devrons toujours faire face à des changements dans notre vie. Parfois, il n’est pas facile de comprendre pourquoi un événement se produit. À cause de nos limites et du stress, nous pouvons avoir du mal à garder une vision spirituelle des choses. Cependant, des qualités comme l’humilité, la modestie et la douceur de caractère nous aideront à accepter les changements et à demeurer dans la faveur immérité de Dieu. La douceur triomphe devant toutes épreuves.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Je te louerai de tout mon cœur.
      À la face d’autres dieux,
      je te chanterai des louanges.
      Je me prosternerai vers ton saint temple
      et je louerai ton nom
      en raison de ta bonté et de ta fidélité.
      Car tu as élevé ta parole et ton nom au-dessus de toute autre chose.
      Le jour où j’ai appelé, tu m’as répondu;
      tu m’as rendu courageux et fort.
      Tous les rois de la terre te loueront, ô Jéhovah,
      car ils auront entendu les promesses que tu as faites.
      Ils chanteront au sujet des manières d’agir de Jéhovah,
      car la gloire de Jéhovah est grande.
      Bien qu’il soit élevé, Jéhovah remarque les humbles;
      mais les orgueilleux, il les connaît seulement de loin.
      Même quand je marche au milieu du danger, tu me gardes en vie.
      Tu tends la main contre la colère de mes ennemis ;
      ta main droite me sauve.
      Jéhovah réalisera toutes ses intentions en ma faveur.
      Ô Jéhovah, ton amour fidèle est éternel;
      n’abandonne pas les œuvres de tes mains.
      Ô Jéhovah, tu me scrutes et tu me connais.
      Tu sais quand je m’assieds et quand je me lève.
      De loin, tu discernes mes pensées.
      Tu m’observes quand je voyage et quand je m’allonge ;
      tous mes chemins te sont familiers.
      Avant même qu’une parole soit sur ma langue,
      vois, ô Jéhovah, tu la connais déjà entièrement.
      Derrière moi et devant moi, tu m’entoures ;
      et tu poses ta main sur moi.
      Une telle connaissance dépasse ma compréhension.
      Elle est trop élevée pour que je l’atteigne.
      Où puis-je échapper à ton esprit,
      et où puis-je fuir loin de ta face?
      Si je montais au ciel, tu serais là,
      et si je faisais mon lit dans la Tombe, vois, tu serais là.
      Si je m’envolais avec les ailes de l’aurore
      pour résider près de la mer la plus lointaine,
      même là, ta main me conduirait,
      ta main droite me saisirait.
      Si je disais : « À coup sûr, les ténèbres me dissimuleront ! »,
      alors, autour de moi, la nuit deviendrait lumière.
      Même les ténèbres ne seraient pas trop ténébreuses pour toi,
      mais la nuit serait aussi lumineuse que le jour.
      Pour toi, les ténèbres sont pareilles à la lumière.
      C’est toi qui as produit mes reins,
      qui m’as abrité dans le ventre de ma mère.
      Je te loue en voyant de quelle
      manière redoutable et merveilleuse
      je suis fait.
      Tes œuvres sont prodigieuses,
      je le sais parfaitement.
      Mes os ne t’ont pas été cachés
      lorsque j’ai été fait dans le secret,
      lorsque j’ai été tissé dans les profondeurs de la terre.
      Tes yeux m’ont vu alors que je n’étais qu’un embryon ;
      toutes ses parties étaient inscrites dans ton livre
      en rapport avec les jours de leur formation,
      avant qu’une seule d’entre elles existe.
      Combien donc tes pensées me sont précieuses !
      Ô Dieu, comme la somme en est immense !
      Comment pourrais-je les compter ? 
      Elles sont plus nombreuses que les grains de sable!
      À mon réveil, je suis toujours avec toi.
      Ô Dieu, si seulement tu tuais les méchants !
      Alors les hommes violents s’écarteraient de moi,
      ceux qui disent des choses contre toi dans une intention mauvaise ;
      ils sont tes adversaires, qui utilisent ton nom de manière indigne.
      N’ai-je pas de la haine pour ceux qui te haïssent, ô Jéhovah,
      et du dégoût pour ceux qui se révoltent contre toi?
      Je n’ai que de la haine pour eux ;
      ils sont devenus pour moi de véritables ennemis.
      Scrute-moi, ô Dieu, et connais mon cœur.
      Examine-moi, et connais mes préoccupations.
      Vois s’il y a en moi quelque tendance nuisible,
      et conduis-moi sur le chemin de l’éternité.

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