Thursday, October 09, 2008

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a
storm at sea and only two of the men
on it were able to swim to a small,
desert like island.
The two survivors, not knowing what
else to do, agreed that they had no
other recourse but to pray to God.
However, to find out whose prayer was
more powerful, they agreed to divide
the territory between them and stay
on opposite sides of the island.

The first thing they prayed for was
food. - The next morning, the first
man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his
side of the land, and he was able
to eat its fruit. The other man's
parcel of land remained barren.

After a week, the first man was lonely
and he decided to pray for a wife.
The next day, another ship was wrecked,
and the only survivor was a woman who
swam to his side of the land. On the
other side of the island, there was

Soon the first man prayed for a house,
clothes, more food. - The next day, like
magic, all of these were given to him.
However, the second man still had nothing.

Finally, the first man prayed for a
ship, so that he and his wife could leave
the island.
In the morning, he found a ship docked at
his side of the island. The first man
boarded the ship with his wife and decided
to leave the second man on the island.
He considered the other man unworthy to
receive God's blessings, since none of his
prayers had been answered.

As the ship was about to leave, the first
man heard a voice from heaven booming,
"Why are you leaving your companion on
the island?" "My blessings are mine alone,
since I was the one who prayed for them,"
the first man answered. "His prayers were
all unanswered and so he does not deserve

"You are mistaken!" the voice rebuked him.
"He had only one prayer, which I answered.
If not for that, you would not have received
any of my blessings."

"Tell me," the first man asked the voice,
"What did he pray for that I should owe
him anything?" "He prayed that all your
prayers be answered."

For all we know, our blessings are not
the fruits of our prayers alone,
but those of another praying for us.

.. Author Unknown ..

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