- SPIRITUAL STORIES 4
day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the
woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many
things were not right. He thought about those who had lied
about him back when he had a job. His thoughts turned to those
who had stolen his things and cheated him. He
remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he
had, that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with
anger, resentment, and frustration. Standing there this day, searching
for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he
knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would
always be there. And so with tears in his eyes, he prayed:
~ You have done wonderful things for me in this life.
You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily
obeyed. Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I
cannot, I don't know how. It is not fair Lord, I didn't
deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn't have to
forgive. As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I
cannot do, for I don't know how to forgive. My anger is so
deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray you teach me to do the
one thing I cannot do: Teach me to forgive ."
knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something
fall onto his shoulder. He opened his eyes. Out of the corner
of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt. He could not
turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large
square piece of wood in the ground. He raised his head and
saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them. He
raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus
hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a
torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head. Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face.
As their eyes met, the man's tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began
"Have you ever told a lie?" He asked?
man answered - "Yes, Lord."
"Have you ever been given too much
change and kept it?"
The man answered - "Yes. Lord."
And the man sobbed more and more.
"Have you ever
taken something from work that wasn't yours?" Jesus asked?
the man answered, "Yes, Lord."
"Have you ever sworn, using my
Father's name in vain?"
The man, crying now, answered - "Yes,
As Jesus asked many more times, "Have you ever"?
The man' s crying became uncontrollable, for he could only
answer - "Yes, Lord".
Then Jesus turned His head from one side
to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He
looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up,
his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had
never seen or felt before.
Jesus said, "I didn't deserve this
either, but I forgive you."
may be hard to see how you're going to get through something, but when
you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.
God brings you to it - He will bring you through it."
friends were walking through the desert.
During some point of the
journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in
The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying
anything, wrote in the sand:
my best friend slapped me in the face.
kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a
The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started
drowning, but the friend saved him.
After he recovered from the near
drowning, he wrote on a stone:
"Today my best friend saved my
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend,
"After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now you
write on a stone. Why?"
The friend replied
someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where the winds of
forgiveness can erase it away.
But when someone does something good for
us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."
to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone.
JUST A NICE CHRISTMAS STORY
man slowly looked up. This was a woman clearly accustomed to
the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like
that she had never missed a meal in her life. His first
thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many
others had done before.
"Leave me alone," he growled.
his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling --
her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. "Are you
hungry?" she asked.
he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with
the president. Now go away." The woman's smile became even
broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.
are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave
Just then a policeman came up. "Is there
any problem, ma'am?" he asked.
"No problem here, officer," the
woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet.
Will you help me?"
The officer scratched his head. "That's old
Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years.
What do you want with him?"
"See that cafeteria over there?"
she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him
out of the cold for awhile."
"Are you crazy, lady?" the
homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!"
he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.
me go, officer. I didn't do anything."
"This is a good deal
for you, Jack," the officer answered. "Don't blow it.."
and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer
got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a
remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of
the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had
not yet arrived. The manager strode across the cafeteria
and stood by his table.
"What's going on here,
officer?" he asked. "What is all this. Is this man in trouble?"
lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered
in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like
that here is bad for business."
Old Jack smiled a
toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let
me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place."
woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. "Sir, are
you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down
"Of course I am," the manager answered
impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my
"And do you make a goodly amount of money
providing food at these weekly meetings?"
"What business is
that of yours?"
"I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO
of the company."
The woman smiled again. "I
thought that might make a difference." She glanced at the cop
who was busy stifling a giggle. "Would you like to join us in
a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"
ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."
"Then, perhaps, a
cup of coffee to go?"
"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."
cafeteria manager turned on his heel "I'll get your coffee for
you right away, officer."
The officer watched him
walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.
was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for
She sat down at the table across from her
amazed dinner guest She stared at him intently. "Jack, do you
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy
eyes "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."
a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out
more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came
through that very door, cold and hungry."
the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a
magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.
was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the
city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally
was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my
apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and
was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in
the off chance that I could get something to eat."
Jack lit up
smile. "Now I remember," he said. "I was behind the serving
counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to
I said that it was against company policy."
know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast
beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee,
and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was
afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked
over, I saw you put the price of my food in the cash register
I knew then that everything would be all right."
started your own business?" Old Jack said.
got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually
I started my own business, that, with the help of God,
She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. "When you
finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He's
personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and
certain he'll find something for you to do around the office." She
smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you
advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live
until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door
always opened to you."
There were tears in the old
man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you? " he said.
thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory.
Thank Jesus.. He led me to you."
cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the
entrance before going their separate ways. "Thank you for all
your help, officer," she said.
"On the contrary, Ms.
Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today,
something that I will never forget. And...And thank you for the coffee."
a Wonderful Day. May God Bless You Always. And don't forget that when
you "cast your bread upon the waters," you never know how it will be
returned to you.
is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small He
can curl up inside your heart.
What Are the Odds of This Happening?
Life can sometimes produce fascinating, extraordinary coincidences.
Here are a few of the most amazing ones:
In 1975, a man riding a moped in Bermuda was accidentally struck and
killed by a taxi. One year later, the man’s brother, riding
very same moped, was killed in the very same way by the very same taxi
driven by the very same driver -- and carrying the very same passenger.
Twin brothers Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were separated at birth and
adopted by different families. Unknown to each other, both were named
James, both owned a dog named Toy, both married women named Linda, both
had a son they names James Alan, and both eventually divorced and got
remarried to a woman named Betty.
Jefferson wrote the
Declaration of Independence, and John Adams helped to edit and hone it.
The Continental Congress approved the document on July 4, 1776. Both
Jefferson and Adams died on July 4, 1826 -- exactly 50 years after the
signing of the Declaration of Independence.
who photographed her infant son in 1914 left the film to be developed
at a store in Strasbourg, but was unable to collect the film picture
when World War I broke out. Two years later she bought a film plate in
Frankfurt, over 100 miles away, and took a picture of her newborn
daughter -- only to find, when developed, the picture of her daughter
superimposed on the earlier picture of her son. The original film,
never developed, had been mistakenly labeled as unused and resold.
In 1858, Robert Fallon was shot dead by fellow poker players who
accused him of cheating to win a $600 pot. None of the other players
were willing to take the now unlucky $600, so they found a new player
to take Fallon’s place, who turned the $600 into $2,200 in
winnings. At that point, the police arrived and demanded that the
original $600 be given to Fallon’s next of kin -- only to
discover that the new player was Fallon’s son, who had not
his father in seven years.
* In the 19th century,
horror writer Egdar Allan Poe wrote a book called ‘The
of Arthur Gordon Pym.’ It was about four survivors of a
who were in an open boat for many days before they decided to kill and
eat the cabin boy whose name was Richard Parker. Some years later, in
1884, the yawl, Mignonette, foundered, with only four survivors, who
were in an open boat for many days. Eventually the three senior members
of the crew killed and ate the cabin boy. The name of the cabin boy was
* In 1930s Detroit, a man named
was to become an amazing figure in a young (and, apparently, incredibly
careless) mother’s life. As Figlock was walking down the
the mother’s baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. The
baby’s fall was broken and Figlock and the baby were
year later, the same baby fell from the same window, again falling onto
Mr. Figlock as he was passing beneath. Once again, both of them
survived the event.
* In 1973, actor Anthony
Hopkins agreed to
appear in “The Girl From Petrovka”, based on a
George Feifer. Unable to find a copy of the book anywhere in London,
Hopkins was surprised to discover one lying on a bench in a train
station. It turned out to be George Feifer’s own annotated
(personal) copy, which Feifer had lent to a friend, and which had been
stolen from his friend’s car.
Monza, Italy, King
Umberto I went to a small restaurant for dinner, accompanied by his
aide-de-camp, General Emilio Ponzia-Vaglia. When the owner took King
Umberto’s order, the King noticed that he and the restaurant
owner were virtual doubles, in face and in build. Both men began
discussing the striking resemblance between each other and found many
1. Both men were born on the
same day, of the same year (March 14, 1844).
2. Both men had
been born in the same town.
3. Both men married a woman with
same name, Margherita.
4. The restaurateur opened his
restaurant on the same day that King Umberto was crowned King of Italy.
On the 29th July 1900, King Umberto was informed that the restaurateur
had died that day in a mysterious shooting accident, and as he
expressed his regret, an anarchist in the crowd then assassinated him.
While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores in Paris
in the 1920s, she came upon a book that was one of her childhood
favorites -- Jack Frost and Other Stories. She picked up the old book
and showed it to her husband, telling him of the book she fondly
remembered as a child. Her husband took the book, opened it, and on the
flyleaf found the inscription: “Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber
Street, Colorado Springs.” It was Anne’s very own
these instances merely coincidence, or
are they something more? It all depends on how you look at it.
the famous words of Albert Einstein sum up quite nicely:
are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
don't need the money.
never been hurt.
Heaven on Earth.
be work for your hands to do;
always hold a coin or two;
the sun always
shine on your windowpane;
a rainbow be
certain to follow each rain;
the hand of a
friend always be near you;
God fill your
heart with gladness to cheer you.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”
"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false
pride, superiority, and ego.”
“The other is God - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
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