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MY SON
4/10/2006 11:28:52 PM

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 Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. 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."
>>>
>>>
>>> "$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?"
>>>
>>>
>>> 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.
>>>
>>>
>>> FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO
EVER
>>> BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...THAT'S LOVE



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