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The Wooden Bowl

 

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. 

 

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. 

 

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about Grandfather," said the son. I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor. 

 

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. 

 

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometime he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. 

 

The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work. 

 

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. 

 

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

When I 'woke up' this morning, I didn't groan or creak 

As I reached out to the nightstand, my spectacles to seek. 

I couldn't feel their framework; and much to my surprise, 

I saw the room quite clearly when I opened up my eyes! 

 

I noticed when I showered that I moved a little quicker, 

Then when I went to wash my hair, it seemed a little thicker! 

I went to get my dentures to set them on my gums, 

But there were teeth already there! Now where did they come from?

 

Although my hearing aids weren't in, I heard the doorbell ring! 

When I went to answer it, I saw the greatest thing! 

Why, there were friends and family all standing around my door. 

They all looked so happy, we hugged and hugged some more! 

 

The tears were flowing freely, so happy were we all, 

Then they began to fill me in on things I can't recall. 

They tell me that I died way back in 2008 

That I've just been asleep since then, On the resurrection to await! 

 

I'm eager for them to tell me about Armageddon's War, 

How Jesus won the victory, and what happened just before! 

We sing Jehovah's praises, we laugh and talk 'til dark, 

They tell me 'bout the progress to turn the earth back to a park. 

 

'How long from when I died' I ask, did that old system end? 

'How far along is the thousand years'? And 'What about my friend?' 

They tell me names of some I knew, who died so faithfully, 

Then they mention briefly some we will never see! 

 

Some names do not surprise me, some names are quite a shock! I'm just so glad that I am here as one of Jesus' flock!

 

Ingredientes

2 tazas de paciencia

1 corazon lleno de amor

2 manos de generosidad

1 pizca de risa

1 cabeza llena de comprension.

 

Preparacion

Vierta todo el contenido en su casa,

rosíelo abundantemente con bondad, agreguele fe y perdon, mezclelo con alegria, esparzalo por toda su vida y brindelo a todo el que encuentre.

 

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said, "I don't believe that God exists."

 

"Why do you say that?" asked the customer. "Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things." 

 

The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument. 

 

The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the streets with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt. 

 

The customer turned back and entered the barbershop again, and he said to the barber. "You know what? Barbers do not exist." 

 

"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber. "I am here, and I am a barber. I just worked on you." 

 

"No," the customer exclaimed "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards like that man outside." 

 

"Ah, but barbers do exist! What happens is that people do not come to me." "Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too, does exist! What happens is that people don't go to Him and do not look for Him."

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