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> > > > > > > This is great, take a moment to read it, it will make your > day! > > > > The ending will surprise you. > > > > 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
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Thanks for sharing a great story and I hope your day is a bright as you wish it to be.

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Nov 10, 2009 08:38 AM #1
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Connie, Thanks for sharing the story!

It's a great one....Hope you have a great day!

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