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Sunday, April 04, 2010

And now for the rest of the story...

Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?



On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " Then they remembered his words.
Luke 24:1-8 (New International Version)

The Story of the Geese

There was once a man who didn't believe in the incarnation of Christ or the spiritual meaning of Christmas, and was skeptical about God. He and his family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in her faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her faith and mocked her religious observance of Christmas.

"It's all nonsense - why would God lower himself and become a human like us? It's such a ridiculous story!" he said.

One snowy day, she and the children left for church while he stayed home. After they had left, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.

Then he heard a loud thump, something hitting against the window. And another thump. He looked outside but couldn't see. So he ventured outside to see. In the field near his house he saw, of all the strangest things, a flock of geese! They were apparently flying to look for a warmer area down south, but had been caught in the snow storm. The storm had become too blinding and violent for the geese to fly or see their way. They were stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter, unable to do more than flutter their wings and fly in aimless circles.

He had compassion for them and wanted to help them. He thought to himself, "The barn would be a great place for them to stay! It's warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm." So he opened the barn doors for them. He waited, watching them, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But they didn't notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them.

He moved closer toward them to get their attention, but they just moved away from him out of fear. He went into the house and came back out with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread trail to the barn. They still didn't catch on. Starting to get frustrated, he went over and tried to shoo them toward the barn. They panicked and scattered into every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where there was warmth, safety and shelter.

Feeling totally frustrated, he exclaimed, "Why don't they follow me? Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm? How can I possibly get them into the one place to save them?" He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow a human. He said to himself, "How can I possibly save them? The only way would be for me to become like those geese. If only I could become like one of them! Then I could save them! They would follow me and I would lead them to safety."

At that moment, he stopped and considered what he had said. The words reverberated in his mind: "If only I could become like one of them- then I could save them." And then, at last, he understood God's heart towards mankind, and he fell on his knees in the snow and worshiped Him.


I love that story. He is risen! Happy Easter!!!

9 Comments:

Blogger Just call me Shelly said...

And a great Happy Resurrection Day to you also from warm sunny NE Ohio. Greatest weather for Easter in a decade!

April 04, 2010 10:16 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Happy Easter Camo! And to you too Shelly!

(:D) Best regards...

April 04, 2010 10:23 AM  
Blogger Pat's Rick© said...

Yes, I love it, too. I heard it first about a man and ants, but it is the same concept. Only by becoming one of us could He lead us to safety.
Happy Easter, my brother.

April 04, 2010 7:27 PM  
Blogger Darthmeister said...

May the blessings of this Easter Sunday be upon all those who kneel at the Cross compliments of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He is risen indeed!

And may the Great Governor of the Universe go before us during these perilous times which haunt our nation.

April 04, 2010 11:10 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Shelly:
A Happy Resurrection Day to you as well.

It really was a beautiful day, in every way.

Hawkeye®:
Yes, Happy Easter!

Pat's Rick©:
I had an email from someone who had also heard the version of a man and some ants instead, although I'm not familiar with that one.

Happy Easter to you, too.

Darthmeister:
Yes, He is risen indeed...and we are the "Easter People", all year 'round.

As for current events, they are a fleeting, passing thing...

April 05, 2010 12:29 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord, Jack...and everyone else here, too. :-) Easter is the best day of all for me, because of what it stands for...

I LOVE the "geese story." But then, you know how I am about the "critters." :-)

April 05, 2010 11:42 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Bunny:
I had a lovely Easter, thanks.

I'm glad you enjoyed "The Story of the Geese"...

April 06, 2010 12:32 AM  
Blogger 念強 said...

上來打聲招呼,祝你一切平安!

May 15, 2010 2:54 AM  
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May 15, 2010 2:55 AM  

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