Is There A Charge For Love?
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”
“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
“I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”
“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up.
“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
“How much?” asked the little boy.
“No charge,” answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”
The world is full of people who need someone who understands.
And Our Children Say!
I have heard so many compliments about how children reinterpret things said in church, I thought that I would share a few more. Truth or Imagination? Just read the following:
Time To Pray
A pastor asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night.
“Yes, sir.” the boy replied.
“And, do you always say them in the morning, too?” the pastor asked.
“No sir,” the boy replied. “I ain’t scared in the daytime.”
All Men/All Girls
When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member, every friend, and every animal (current and past). For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, “And all girls.”
This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing. My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her, “Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?”
Her response, “Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying ‘All Men!’”
Every now and then I receive an email that is too funny and cute not to pass along. I just received such an email and I want to share it with you. It is one of those “candid camera” situations. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, copy this link to your browser and hit enter: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/ItXKGyO6cRA?rel=0 Check out the looks on the faces of these young girls. So, turn up the sound on your computer and listen to the classic song, “Only You.” I promise you that you will laugh and probably share it with a friend.
Say A Prayer
Little Charlie and his family were having Sunday dinner at his grandmother’s house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Charlie received his plate, he started eating right away.
“Charlie! Please wait until we say our prayer.” said his mother.
“I don’t need to,” the boy replied.
“Of course, you do.” his mother insisted. “We always say a prayer before eating at our house.”
“That’s at our house.” Charlie explained. “But this is grandma’s house and she knows how to cook!”
Have you heard about Bubba and how he got in trouble in school?
Teacher: If I gave you two cats and another two cats and another two, how many will you have?
Bubba: Seven, Sir.
Teacher: No, listen carefully … If I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many will you have?
Bubba: Seven, Sir.
Teacher: Let me put it to you differently.
If I gave you two apples, and another two apples and another two, how many would you have?
Teacher: Good. Now if I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?
Bubba: Seven!!! SIR!
A very angry Teacher: Where in the heck do you get seven from?!?!?
A very angry Bubba: Because, I’ve already got a dadburn cat!!!
Special celebrations for birthdays this week go to Lori Dochterman and Brenda Prince on Thursday, Sept. 20; Jimmy Blair and Barbara Ramsey on Friday, Sept. 21; Shirley Taylor, Jeffrey Pegram, and Betty Jo Simmons on Saturday, Sept. 22; Doug Johnson on Sunday, Sept. 23; Marvin McCullough Sr. and Joseph Maness on Monday, Sept. 24; Dave Proctor, Julie Elliott, and Cassie Smith on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
A birthday is a special time when you became a blessing to your family and friends. Now is the time to let your special birthday person know how special he/she really is. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
We are one week closer to the birth of Chris and Heather’s birth of their new baby. Let’s please keep this couple and especially Heather in our prayers as she tries to go full term and deliver on Monday, Oct. 8.
Let’s also pray for our country and its leaders that they will have the wisdom to lead us in a safe way while the rest of the world falls apart. Also, let’s keep our soldiers fighting in foreign lands in our prayers that God will protect them and bring them home healthy and alive.
Read only if you have time for God. Let me tell you, make sure you read all the way to the bottom.
I almost deleted this e-mail but I was blessed when I got to the end. God, when I received this e-mail, I thought … I don’t have time for this … And, this is really inappropriate during work. Then, I realized that this kind of thinking is…. Exactly, what has caused a lot of the problems in our world today. We try to keep God in church on Sunday morning…. Maybe, Sunday night…
We do like to have Him around during sickness…. And, of course, at funerals. However, we don’t have time, or room, for Him during work or play… Because.. That’s the part of our lives we think … We can, and should, handle on our own. May God forgive me for ever thinking … That … There is a time or place where … HE is not to be FIRST in my life. We should always have time to remember all HE has done for us.
If, you aren’t ashamed to do this … Please follow the directions. Jesus said, ‘If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.’ Not ashamed? Please Pass this on ONLY IF YOU MEAN IT!! Yes, ……
I DO Love God, HE is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day.
Without Him, I will be nothing. But, with Christ, HE strengthens me. (Phil 4:13) This is the simplest test. If You Love God … And, are not ashamed of all the marvelous things HE has done for you … Give this article to someone else. Now do you have the time to pass it on?
Thought Of The Week
“The hardest battle one will ever fight; is the battle for their life”
Danielle Lee — APL Leukemia Survivor
If You Have Good News
When you see, hear, or make news, hear good, funny, and clean jokes, please email your news and jokes to me at email@example.com, call me at 864-441-2371, mail your news to me at POB 128, Buffalo, or stop me on the street. When you celebrate good things in your life, I would like to share that with the good people of Buffalo. You want to laugh. I want to laugh. So please make me laugh.
Until next week, may God bless you richly.