Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Difference

100_3792I would like to share a favorite “parable”.  I did not write this and unfortunately do not know the author.  If anyone does, please let me know so I may give proper credit.  This is not a direct quote, but written as I remember it.

One night an Angel appeared before me.  He announced that he was going to give me a glimpse of Heaven and hell.  We arrived first at what was surely hell.  There was much wailing and suffering as people sat at tables with bowls in front of them filled with stew, but instead of hands, at the ends of their arms were long wooden spoons, much too long to reach their mouths.   The stench of misery filled the air as they slowly starved.

Next we arrived at our second destination.  The setting was exactly the same; the same tables with bowls filled with stew, and the same long wooden spoons at the ends of their arms, much too long to reach their mouths.  Yet here, everyone was happy and content and joy filled the air.

I asked of the Angel, how can this be, when the circumstances are exactly the same?

The Angel replied,

Ah, HERE they feed each other.

Let us go forth today and feed each other.



yoborobo said...

Brilliant parable. :) Thanks for sharing it. xox!

Cher' Shots said...

I've seen this before too but I'm sorry I don't recall the source.

Eleonora Baldwin said...

Neither can I, but it always moves me whenever I read it.

Ciao Deborah, thank you for sharing it here.

Kaerie Faerie said...

thank you for sharing, it is wonderful

illustration poetry said...

i wish i...

i dunno, my sky is really broken.
and i dont know how to fix it.

goodnite Deborah.


Just A Girl said...

Oh lovely and a perfect picture of how things are supposed to be ;-).
xoxox Cori

Ces Adorio said...

I love this parable and it was told to me by a beloved friend.

Dearest Deborah, I have been here quite a few times though my little itty bitty device that somehow won't let me load one of the objects so no comments for a few days.

I have read the young soldier Will's story and I am keeping him in prayer.

I shall return tomorrow.
Tsup! Tsup!!!

Silke Powers said...

Good morning, sweet Deb! Just stopping by to soak up the happiness you spread and to send a big hug!! Love, Silke

Marie S said...

I love this. It is very nice!

Bella Sinclair said...

Open wide for the choo choo train, Deborah. Yummmm.

I have not heard this parable, but it is wonderful. Thank you so much. And I must tell you that I was howling at your fluffy kitty. HA!

And thank you for posting about Will. Reminds me of someone precious up north. I will keep him in my prayers.