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The Stump

  His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a man. He
cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him.  Maybe even some
human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat there, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he
could become a man. Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.  It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
    We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him. If you liked this story, pass it on. If not, you took off your blindfold before dawn.
    Moral of the story? Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there.


The Devil & the Duck

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. 
He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. 
He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. 
Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. 
As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. 
Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in
the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! 
In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his 
Sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. 

After lunch the next day Grandma said, 'Sally, let's wash the dishes' 
But Sally said, 'Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the
kitchen.' 
Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?' 
So Johnny did the dishes. 
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and
Grandma said, 'I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.' 
Sally just smiled and said, 'well that's all right because Johnny told
me he wanted to help? 
She whispered again, 'Remember the duck?' So Sally went fishing and
Johnny stayed to help. 
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he 
Finally couldn't stand it any longer. 
He came to Grandma and confessed that he
had killed the duck. 
Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, 'Sweetheart, I know. You
see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but
because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you
would let Sally make a slave of you.' 

Thought for the day and every day thereafter: 

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done...? And the devil
keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad
habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)...whatever it is...You need to
know that: 
God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. 
He has seen your whole life... He wants you to know that He loves you
and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let
the devil make a slave of you.. 

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; 
He not only forgives you, but He forgets. 
It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.