Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Son

I received this in an email today.  It was the only email today of any real importance. I received funny emails that made me laugh. However, this one strikes home with the truth.  I pray that you take a moment to read it and apply it if you haven't already done so.  I have heard the story before but it is one that does not get old.

Take my Son

  A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..
  When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.  

  About a month later, just before Christmas,   

There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands..
He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'  
The father
Opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'

  The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

  The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

  On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'

  There was silence...

  Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'


  But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'
  Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the VanGogh's, the Rembrandt's. Get on with the    

         Real bids!'

  But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'

  Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
  'We have $10, who will bid $20?'

  'Give it to him for $10.. Let's see the masters.'
  The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.



  They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections..
  The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'


 A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'

  The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.'
'What about the paintings?'
  'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will.... I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.
  The man who took the son gets everything!'

  God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The son, the son, who'll take the son?'

  Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.






Monday, February 1, 2010

A fun Meme

I was tagged by my Sisnlove over on Jimsruby.  I have been blessed with a wonderful sister in love. She is suffering with a sinus infection right now so please say a prayer for her.

  • Tag, your it!

    You have been tagged Here's whatcha do Copy & Paste to your site & don't forget to comment on mine so I can check your's out!! Have fun!!

    1. What is your occupation right now?
    Homemaker and keep books for my husband's business

    2. What color are your socks right now?
    None-wearing house shoes

    3. What are you listening to right now?
    The TV in the den 

    4. What was the last thing that you ate?
    Banana Bread
    5. Can you drive a stick shift?
    No even though my husband runs a transmission repair shop. My  kids never would let him teach me. Whenever he owned a manual transmission vehicle, the y would complain if he tried to teach me.
    6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Ms Dot

    7. Do you like the person who tagged you?
    I love My Sis n Love
    8. How old are you today?

    9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? NONE

    10. What is your favorite drink?
    Coffee in cold weather, sweet tea in hot weather

    11. Have you ever dyed your hair?
    Only my hairdresser knows and everyone else in the salon. lol

    12. Favorite food?
    you can tell I love food.

    13. What is the last movie you watched?
    Autumn in New York

    14. Favorite day of the year?
    Don't have one.
    15. How do you vent anger?
    I tend to keep it in.16. What was your favorite toy as a child?
    Ballerina Doll

    17. What is your favorite season?
    18. Cherries or Blueberries? neither my 2 least favorite

    19. How many grandchildren do you have?
    one on the way in August. yippee 
    20. When was the last time you cried?
      don't remember exact day. seems like all winter

    21. What is on the floor of your closet?

    22. Who is the friend you have had the longest?
    Linda & Molly

    23. What did you do last night?
    Watched a movie
    24. What are you most afraid of? 
    I am not sure if I am but I do have concerns.  I don't dwell on fears. But I do have a reverent fear of God.

    25. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers?
    26. Favorite dog breed?
    Always wanted a collie
    27. Favorite day of the week?
    28. How many states have you lived in? 3
    29. Diamonds or pearls? 
    30. What is your favorite flower?I love Roses that you grow yourself but then again I love most any flowers.