Thursday, February 17, 2005

*~ The Parable of the Spoons ~*

A holy man was having a conversation
with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I
would like to know what Heaven and Hell
".are like

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He
opened one of the doors and the holy man
looked in. In the middle of the room was a
.large round table

In the middle of the table was a large
pot of stew which smelled delicious and
.made the holy man's mouth water
The people sitting around the table were
thin and sickly. They appeared to
.be famished

They were holding spoons with very long
handles and each found it possible to reach
into the pot of stew and take a spoonful
but because the handle was longer than
their arms, they could not get the spoons
.back into their mouths

The holy man shuddered at the sight of
.their misery and suffering

".The Lord said, "You have seen Hell
They went to the next room and opened
the door. It was exactly the same as
the first one. There was the large round
table with the large pot of stew which
made the holy man's mouth water.
The people were equipped with the same
long-handled spoons, But here the people
were well nourished and plump, laughing
.and talking

".The holy man said, "I don't understand
It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires"
but one skill. You see, they have learned
".to feed each other


From Rev. Thecla St. Romain submitted by Mildred Oakley

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