The Greatest Gift (a really touching story)

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by Lms526, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Lms526

    Lms526 New Member

    A friend e-mailed me this story. It really touched me. I didn't have a title, so I made one up :)

    Anyway, I hope that you all are blessed by this story as I was. You might want to have some kleenexs nearby.

    AFTER A FEW OF THE USUAL SUNDAY EVENING HYMNS,
    THE CHURCH'S PASTOR SLOWLY STOOD UP,
    WALKED OVER TO THE PULPIT AND,
    BEFORE HE GAVE HIS SERMON FOR THE EVENING,
    HE BRIEFLY INTRODUCED A GUEST MINISTER
    WHO WAS IN THE SERVICE THAT EVENING.
    IN THE INTRODUCTION, THE PASTOR TOLD THE
    CONGREGATION THAT THE GUEST MINISTER WAS
    ONE OF HIS DEAREST CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND
    THAT HE WANTED HIM TO HAVE A FEW MOMENTS
    TO GREET THE CHURCH AND SHARE WHATEVER
    HE FELT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE SERVICE.
    WITH THAT, AN ELDERLY MAN STEPPED UP TO THE
    PULPIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK.
    "A FATHER, HIS SON, AND A FRIEND OF HIS SON WERE
    SAILING OFF THE PACIFIC COAST ," HE BEGAN.
    "WHEN A FAST APPROACHING STORM BLOCKED ANY
    ATTEMPT TO GET BACK TO THE SHORE.
    THE WAVES WERE SO HIGH, THAT EVEN THOUGH THE
    FATHER WAS AN EXPERIENCED SAILOR, HE COULD NOT
    KEEP THE BOAT UPRIGHT AND THE THREE WERE SWEPT
    INTO THE OCEAN AS THE BOAT CAPSIZED."
    THE OLD MAN HESITATED FOR A MOMENT,
    MAKING EYE CONTACT WITH TWO TEENAGERS WHO WERE,
    FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN,

    LOOKING SOMEWHAT INTERESTED IN HIS STORY.
    THE AGED MINISTER CONTINUED WITH HIS STORY,
    "GRABBING A RESCUE LINE, THE FATHER HAD TO MAKE THE
    MOST EXCRUCIATING DECISION OF HIS LIFE: TO WHICH BOY
    WOULD HE THROW THE OTHER END OF THE LIFE LINE.
    HE ONLY HAD SECONDS TO MAKE THE DECISION.
    THE FATHER KNEW THAT HIS SON WAS A CHRISTIAN AND
    HE, ALSO, KNEW THAT HIS SON'S FRIEND WAS NOT.
    THE AGONY OF HIS DECISION COULD NOT BE MATCHED BY
    THE TORRENT OF WAVES.
    AS THE FATHER YELLED OUT, 'I LOVE YOU, SON!'
    HE THREW OUT THE LIFE LINE TO HIS SON'S FRIEND.
    BY THE TIME THE FATHER HAD PULLED THE FRIEND BACK
    TO THE CAPSIZED BOAT, HIS SON HAD DISAPPEARED BENEATH
    THE RAGING SWELLS INTO THE BLACK OF NIGHT.
    HIS BODY WAS NEVER RECOVERED.
    BY THIS TIME, THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE SITTING UP
    STRAIGHT IN THE PEW, ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE NEXT
    WORDS TO COME OUT OF THE OLD MINISTER'S MOUTH.
    "THE FATHER," HE CONTINUED, "KNEW HIS SON WOULD
    STEP INTO ETERNITY WITH JESUS AND HE COULD NOT
    BEAR THE THOUGHT OF HIS SON'S FRIEND STEPPING INTO
    AN ETERNITY WITHOUT JESUS.. THEREFORE, HE SACRIFICED
    HIS SON TO SAVE THE SON'S FRIEND. "
    HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT HE SHOULD DO THE
    SAME FOR US. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SACRIFICED HIS ONLY
    BEGOTTEN SON THAT WE COULD BE SAVED. I URGE YOU TO
    ACCEPT HIS OFFER TO RESCUE YOU AND TAKE A HOLD OF THE
    LIFE LINE HE IS THROWING OUT TO YOU IN THIS SERVICE."
    WITH THAT, THE OLD MAN TURNED AND SAT BACK DOWN IN
    HIS CHAIR AS SILENCE FILLED THE ROOM.
    THE PASTOR AGAIN WALKED SLOWLY TO THE PULPIT AND
    DELIVERED A BRIEF SERMON WITH AN INVITATION AT THE
    END. HOWEVER, NO ONE RESPONDED TO THE APPEAL.
    WITHIN MINUTES AFTER THE SERVICE ENDED, THE TWO
    TEENAGERS WERE AT THE OLD MAN'S SIDE.
    "THAT WAS A NICE STORY," POLITELY STATED ONE OF
    THEM,"BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS VERY REALISTIC FOR A
    FATHER TO GIVE UP HIS ONLY SON'S LIFE IN HOPES THAT
    THE OTHER BOY WOULD BECOME A CHRISTIAN."
    "WELL, YOU'VE GOT A POINT THERE," THE OLD MAN REPLIED,
    GLANCING DOWN AT HIS WORN BIBLE. A BIG SMILE BROADENED
    HIS NARROW FACE. HE ONCE AGAIN LOOKED UP AT THE BOYS
    AND SAID, "IT SURE ISN'T VERY REALISTIC, IS IT? BUT,
    I'M STANDING HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU THAT STORY GIVES
    ME A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR GOD
    TO GIVE UP HIS SON FOR ME.
    YOU SEE...
    I WAS THAT FATHER AND YOUR PASTOR IS MY SON'S FRIEND."


    Lms526
    [This Message was Edited on 04/11/2007]
  2. Lms526

    Lms526 New Member

    bumping this up
  3. 143alan

    143alan New Member

    That was so inspiring. Thanks for sharing that Lms.

    Nancy