Discussion in 'The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr' started by Shizamus, May 19, 2003.

  1. Shizamus

    Shizamus New Member

    Jun 27, 2001
    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 someone bid for
    this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100? $200?"

    Another voice shouted 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

    "We have $10, who will bid $20?" announced the

    "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 $10.00.

    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

    The man who took the son gets everything!"

    God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel 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
  2. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss Active Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Thanks, Shiz, for reminding us of the importance of the Son.

  3. Zigzag2

    Zigzag2 Guest

  4. riderbob

    riderbob New Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Just west of " You sure do live a long way from
    Sure, make me bawl

    Thanks Shiz

    This story makes the rounds in church talks and every time it makes me bawl like a baby.
    Had to explain myself to a customer but he understood.

    Thanks again

  5. bigboom338

    bigboom338 New Member

    Mar 27, 2003
    South Dakota
    Great story Shiz,and man is there alot of truth to that message
  6. reedbuster

    reedbuster New Member

    Jun 23, 2001
    Englewood, CO
    Thanks brother, I needed that!
  7. Gunguy

    Gunguy Guest

    I would accept the son without all the richmans trappings...if only he would accept me...and he does...he suffered his cross for us all.

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