Tuesday Treasure ~ God's Grace

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty


               There  once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church  carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows  were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak  was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.


I stopped the lad and asked, "What do you have there, son?"   

   "Just some old birds," came the reply.
   "What are you going to do with them?" I asked.   

   "Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered. "I'm

  gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna have

  a real good time."

  "But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?"
  
  "Oh,  I got some cats," said the little boy. "They like birds. I'll take

  'em to them."

  The  pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you want for those birds,

  son?"
  

   "Huh?? !!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister.

They're  just plain old field birds. They don't sing. They ain't even pretty!"


"How  much?" the pastor asked again

 The boy  sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, "$10?"


The  pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in

  the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage

  and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a

  grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping

  the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free. Well, that explained the

  empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story:







               One day  Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the

  Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. "Yes, sir, I just

  caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew

  they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"
  

   "What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked Satan

  replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to marry and

  divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke

  and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each

  other. I'm really gonna have fun!"


"And  what will you do when you are done with them?"   Jesus  asked.
 
"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.

"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.

 "Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you'll take them and

  they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You don't

  want those people!!"

   "How  much? He asked again

 Satan  looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your blood, tears and your life."

Jesus  said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price.


   The  pastor picked up the cage and walked from the pulpit.
                                          








              








I thank God everyday for my blessed life. I'm not rich, don't live in a mansion and

  don't have the nicest of material things, but, I'm healthy, have , a roof

  over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table, a family that loves me

  and lifelong friends to get me through. I'd say I have a lot to be thankful

  for. JOHN 3:16

GOD'S GRACE ~ FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

 

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Cinnamon Wright
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Powerful story, Frank and Karen.  Thanks for the reminder of how much I have to be grateful for.

Mar 15, 2011 03:25 AM #1
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Elizabeth Byrne
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Frank and Karen, what a wonderful story - it really grabbed my heart and made me think about my family. I get mad at my kids for not doing their jobs, leaving their things around the house, etc. This story made me stop and think about all great things they give me, such as their love and support. We should count our blessings each day and be thankful for all good things we have, instead of thinking about what we don't have. Thank you for sharing this great story with us.

Mar 16, 2011 05:17 AM #2
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Karen Baker
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Elizabeth ~ We do count our blessings everyday ~ Thanks

Mar 16, 2011 05:45 AM #3
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