Parables and Stories

19
Oct
2014

Heaven's Surprising Policy On Pets

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Heaven's Surprising Policy On Pets A woman and her dog were walking along a road. The woman was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to her that she was dead.
 
She remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside her had been dead for years. She wondered where the road was leading them.
 
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble... At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When she was standing before it she saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.
 
She and the dog walked toward the gate, and as she got closer, she saw a woman at a desk to one side. When she was close enough, she called out, “Excuse me, where are we?” 

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18
Jun
2014

Shorty's Version Of Footprints In The Sand

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Susan notes: this story is dedicated today to the people around the world facing hardship, challenges and/or violence.

footprints.jpgOne night I had a dream. I dreamed that I was walking along the sandy beach with God.

I am quite thankful that as we walked hand in hand, God showed me His infinite patience by not throwing me into the sea 'coz I must have asked Him "Are we there yet?" a million times.

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11
Jun
2014

Triple Filter Test For Gossip

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Susan Notes: In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom; there's no doubt about that. However, whether or not this story is fact or fiction is unknown. But it's kind of a cool rule to follow...

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"

Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter...?"

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05
Jun
2014

5 Lessons To Learn From Porcupines

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baby-porcupine-1.jpgIt was the coldest winter ever – so cold that many animals froze to death.

In an effort to save themselves from this icy fate, the porcupines decided to gather together to fend off the chill.

They huddled close to each other, covered and protected from the elements, and warmed by their collective body heat.

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11
Feb
2014

Everything is Black and White

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yinyang.gifSusan notes: This is an anonymous story from someone’s school days. Having found myself to be in exactly the same situation many times, I have cause to reflect on the lesson often. Hopefully I will one day fully integrate it into my life and not have to reminded again and again...

When I was in elementary school, I got into a major argument with another girl in my class. I forgot long ago what the argument was about, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day.

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06
Feb
2014

The Cracked Pot: A Story For Anyone Who's Not Quite Perfect

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crackedpot origA waterbearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole, which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it. While the other pot was perfect, and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the mistress's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

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10
Jan
2014

A Newborn's Prayer To God

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a-newborns-conversation-with-godA baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

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08
Jan
2014

In Praise of Older Women

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IMG 2819Susan notes: This delightful piece was written by columnist Frank Kaiser. A version of it, falsely attributed to CBS commentator Andy Rooney, has been circulating by e-mail (see the end of the article for links).

BTW, the beauty on the left is my Mom, Pinkie Patti, at 83 years young, still vibrant despite Alzheimer's.
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02
Jan
2014

15 Things I Would Do Differently If I Had My Life to Live Over

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enjoy-life.jpg1) I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

2) I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

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12
Dec
2013

Healing Words From A Wise Old Woman

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heart.jpg There once was a wise old woman who wandered the countryside spreading love, understanding and healing.

One day, as she passed near a village, she was approached by a man who told her of a sick child nearby. He beseeched her to help this child...

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05
Dec
2013

Many Strengths, One Flaw

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Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.

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21
Nov
2013

The Donkey in the Well

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donkey.jpg
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.

The  animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried  to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the  animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up  anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the  donkey.

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18
Nov
2013

When Was The Last Time God Took YOUR Picture?

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when_was_the_last_time_god_took_your_picture.jpgA little girl walked to and from school daily.

Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to school.

As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning.

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05
Oct
2013

What Do YOU See Through The Window?

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windows.jpgTwo women, both seriously ill with low chances of survival, occupied the same hospital room.

One woman was allowed to sit up in her bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from her lungs. Her bed was next to the room's only window. The other woman had to spend all her time flat on her back.

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30
Aug
2013

Things Are Not Always What They Seem

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pink_angel.jpgTwo traveling angels, one older, one younger, stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room.

Instead they offered the angels a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied:

“Things aren't always what they seem."

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