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Friday, January 23, 2009

Cheese Sandwiches

Here's a cute, true story:

There was an immigrant family on a ship from Europe to American. They were so poor they spent almost all of their money on the ticket. What they had left over for food was only enough to buy bread and cheese.

The young boy, Hans, said to his father, "Dad, please give me some money for an ice cream cone. I hate these cheese sandwiches!"

His father said, "Son, we are poor. Cheese sandwiches will keep you alive until we reach New York, where the streets are made of gold and we will eat whatever we want."

Not satisfied, Hans continued to beg for money. Finally, his father gave him change for an ice cream cone. The boy disappeared and didn't come back for two hours. When he returned he sported a big fat tummy and a huge smile on his face.

"Hans, did you get your ice cream cone?"

"You bet, Dad. And then another one, then a steak, and then apple pie."

"What? You bought all that with the money I gave you?"

"Oh no Dad, it's free! It comes with the ticket!"


Spiritually, we're on a journey like these immigrants--except, we seek a place where the streets are truly paved with gold. Some of us, like Hans's parents, keep to ourselves and what we know, ignorant or misinformed as we might be. We exist on cheese sandwiches, when there's a full feast waiting for us between the pages of the Bible.

In John 6:35 Jesus Christ says, "I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst."

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