As You Know

Monday 17/11/14 11:21 AM - Lm. Jack McArdle ss cc

There was a family one time which became very impoverished. The family business failed. The neighbours, being good neighbours, wanted to know could they help. And the father said, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’d give anything to be able to take my wife and kids and get away out of this place and start all over again.’ So the neighbours said that they would see what they could do. And they eventually came up with money and presented them with tickets for a fourteen day voyage on the high seas to New York. Now the family had no idea how you could possibly prepare for such a voyage, so they got cheese and lettuce and they made sandwiches, filled boxes of sandwiches, got into the boat, got into a cabin by themselves, a frightened parochial group. On the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh day, when they were hungry they ate sandwiches. They didn’t have anything else. On the eighth, ninth, tenth day you couldn’t even mention the word sandwiches, and now they were so sick! With a day or two to go before arriving in New York, one little lad begged his Mum and Dad for a penny or two, so he could go up on top and buy a sweet or something. So they gave him a penny or two and off he went. An hour later he hadn’t come back. The father was very worried. He had no choice, he had to go up on top and look around. He was horrified! There were rows and rows of tables and all these people sitting around the tables and his son right in the middle of them. And they were all eating a big meal – chicken, potatoes, vegetables, ham, a big tumbler of orange juice. The young lad was stuffing himself good! The father came up behind him and said, ‘Why did you do this? You know I can’t afford this! Why did you do this? And the young lad’s eyes lit up and he said, ‘Daddy, guess what? We could have had this all the time. This was included with the tickets.’

Jesus could say, ‘But look, I promised you this all the time. I spoke to you about abundant life, about joy pressed down and flowing over, about my peace. For some reason or other you settled for sandwiches! I never ever intended that and you certainly didn’t get that idea from me.’

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