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O/T Interesting story about Grace.

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  1. Shooting Jack

    Shooting Jack Active Member

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    Probably not at all what you expect but very good comparison. Jackie B.


    God's Grace

    There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New
    England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying
    a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were
    raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak....



    "I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming
    toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were
    three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.



    I stopped the lad and asked, "What do you have there, son?"



    "Just some old birds," came the reply.



    "What are you going to do with them?" I asked.



    "Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered. "I'm gonna tease
    'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna have a
    real good time."



    "But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?"



    "Oh, I got some cats," said the little boy. "They like birds. I'll
    take 'em to them."



    The pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you want for those birds, son?"



    "Huh?? !!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister.



    They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing. They ain't even pretty!"



    "How much?" the pastor asked again.



    The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, "$10?"



    The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He
    placed it in the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor
    picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where
    there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened
    the door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out,
    setting them free.. Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the
    pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story:



    One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just
    come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. "Yes,
    sir, I just caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap,
    used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"



    "What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.



    Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to
    marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to
    drink and smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and
    bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"



    "And what will you do when you are done with them?"



    Jesus asked. "Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.



    "How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.



    "Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you'll take
    them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and
    kill you. You don't want those people!!"



    "How much? He asked again.



    Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your blood, tears and your life."



    Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price.

    The pastor picked up the cage and walked from the pulpit.

    I pray, for everyone who sends this on, whether to their entire
    address book or just a few, that God will bless them in a special way.

    And for those that just deleted it...and I KNOW there will be a few.....?

    WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

    I thank God everyday for my blessed life. I'm not rich, don't live in
    a mansion and don't have the nicest of material things, but, I have a
    roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table, a family that
    loves me and lifelong friends to get me through. I'd say I have a lot
    to be thankful for.

    Have you counted your blessings today?
     
  2. wireguy

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    Good analogy.
     
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    I count them every day and thank the good Lord for them
     
  4. mette56

    mette56 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks SJ. Good thing to remember this Thanksgiving season. I'll pass it along...

    milt
     
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