Wednesday, March 30, 2011

God's Grace * LOVING IT! *

I wonder how many people will delete this without reading it  because of the title. It is a shame but this message is very true. Hope you  are all as blessed as I was by this story.

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. . . ...

"I 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 pray, for everyone who sends this on, whether to their  entire address book or just a few, that God will bless them in a special  way.

And for those that just deleted it......... and I KNOW there  will be....... ?


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 and Heaven as my  home!   No Greater Love Than  THIS.......


what a beautiful example! Now my eyes are OPENED the real meaning of " PRICE " of the blood.

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