Sunday, November 05, 2006

A child was playing with a vase his Mother
.had left on the table for a few Moments
When the mother turned at the sound Of her
son crying she saw that his hand was In
the vase and was apparently stuck. She Tried
to help him and pulled and pulled until
The child cried out in pain. But the hand
?Was stuck fast. How would they get it out
The father suggested breaking the vase but
It was quite valuable and the child's hand
Might be cut in the process. Yet he knew that
If all else failed there would be no
.Other alternative

So he said to the boy, "Now, let's make one
More try. Open your hand and stretch your
Fingers out straight, like I'm doing, and
Then pull!" "But Dad," said the boy, "if I do
"!That I'll lose my penny

The boy had had a coin in his hand all the time
.And was holding it securely in his tight little fist
And he wasn't prepared to open his hand and lose the
Penny. But once he opened his hand it
.Came out of the vase easily

What are you holding onto so tightly as to hinder
?Your walk with Jesus

That vase can be likened to the entrance to the
Kingdom of God. It is narrow but quite easy to pass
In, but first you must "open" your hand to God and
Allow earthly things to fall. If we keep our fists
Closed and hold fast to what we have and keep it
For ourselves, we will be unable to take hold of
"!the Hand of God"

Jesus told the parable of the rich man who wanted
.To build bigger barns to store his grain and goods
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your
Life will be demanded from you. Then who will
'?Get what you have prepared for yourself
We need to be on guard, or the things we own will
Begin to own us. It is our own clenched fist that
.Makes us a prisoner

.We arrived with nothing and will depart the same way

.Open your hand to the hand of God

~ Author Unknown ~

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