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Old June 5th, 2005, 05:18 AM
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Smile Simply Beautifull!

A friend sent it to me - and it brought me to tears.

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

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

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.


God Bless.

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Old June 5th, 2005, 05:44 AM
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Thanks Dude. BF
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Old June 5th, 2005, 05:58 AM
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good post,Dude
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Old June 6th, 2005, 05:30 AM
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Old June 6th, 2005, 05:45 AM
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Dude, that was very nice. Thanks for sharing it.
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Heart warming and very touching.
Thanks very much. Let's pray the lesson was learned from that wonderful story.
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Old June 6th, 2005, 11:15 PM
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Old June 7th, 2005, 02:29 AM
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You are all right Dude!!
GOD Bless.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 03:03 AM
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Double the Amen!!
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Old June 8th, 2021, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by DELTREE
You are all right Dude!!
GOD Bless.
Thank you buddy,Im glad some members enjoy my stuff
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