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Old 10-24-2010, 11:29 AM   #1
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I got this email from my dad. He likes to just click the forward button to EVERYTHING he gets but I read this 1 and it will make you think about your actions. I have a personal story that is somewhat like the meaning of this. A "guy" went to an elderly woman's home and felt compassion for this woman. She lived alone, never mentioned kids or siblings. This "guy" went by from time to time to talk, help w/ tasks here and there. Friendship grew then the elderly woman died. Usually the state will take any belongings that have no kin or didn't leave a will. We'll the woman left this "guy" all her possessions. Just fer being kind you never know your rewards!!! Think about your actions... and enjoy the read.

This is great. Take a moment to read it; it will make your day!

The ending will surprise you.

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 Gogh's, 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.'

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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nice to read that one again, Jason!
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:02 PM   #4
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THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER'S HAND
by Dane Bailey

(AUCTIONEER'S VOICE - AUCTIONEERING)

Well, it was battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer felt;
It was hardly worth his while.
To waste much time on this old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.

Now it sure ain’t much folks,
But its all we got left,
So I guess we ought to sell it too;
Now who's gonna bid on this old violin?
Just one more and then we’ll be through.

Then he cried, One give me one dollar,
Who’ll bid two? now two dollars;
Two dollars folks, I want three!
Now three dollars twice,
Now that’s a good price,
But who’s gotta bid for me?

Raise your hand don’t wait any longer,
The auction's about to end,
So now, who’s got four just one dollar more
To bid on this old violin?

Ah, the air was hot and the people stood around
As the sun was setting low,
From the back of the crowd a gray haired man,
Came forward and picked up the bow.

Then he wiped the dust from the old violin,
And tightened up the strings;
And played a melody pure and sweet,
Sweet as the angels sing.

And then the music stopped and the auctioneer,
In a voice that was quiet and low
Said, "Now folks, who's gonna bid
On this old violin?"
Then he held it up with the bow.

Then he cried out, one give me one thousand,
Who'll bid two; two thousand,
Two thousand folks I need three,
Now three thousand twice
Now that's a good price,
But who's gotta bid for me?

The people called out,
"Hey, what made the change? We don’t understand!"
The auctioneer stopped and said with a smile,
It was the touch of the Master's hand.

Ah friends, there's many a man
With his life out of tune,
And battered and scarred by sin
And He's auctioned cheap,
To a thankless world just like that old violin,

Then the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that's wrought,
By the touch of the Master's hand.

Then he cried out one give me one thousand,
Who'll bid two; two thousand,
Two thousand folks I want three,
Now three thousand twice
Now that's a good price,
But who's gotta bid for me?

The people called out,
"Hey, what made the change? We don’t understand!"
The auctioneer stopped and said with a smile,
It was the touch of the Master's hand.

Oh, just the touch of the Master's hand.
The touch of the Master's hand.

The touch of the Master's hand.

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