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The Carpenter

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox. "I 'm looking for a few days' work," he said. "Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could I help you?"

"Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbor. In fact, it's my younger brother! Last week there was a meadow between us. He recently took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll do him one better. See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence an 8-foot fence -- so I won't need to see his place or his face anymore."

The carpenter said, "I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you."

The older brother had to go to town, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day -- measuring, sawing and nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job.

The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all.

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It was a bridge .. A bridge that stretched from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all! And the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming toward them, his hand outstretched..

"You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done."

The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in middle, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox onto his shoulder.

"No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you," said the older brother.
"I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but I have many more bridges to build."
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Remember This...
God won't ask what kind of car you drove, but He'll ask how many people you helped get where they needed to go.

God won't ask the square footage of your house, but He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

God won't ask how many friends you had, but He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, but He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.

God won't ask about the color of your skin, but He'll ask about the content of your character.

God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation, but He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in Heaven, and not to the gates of hell.


At this time of the year, thoughts turn to peace and harmony and I thought that this little story illustrated that very well. May all of you find peace in your lives. I believe in the adage, We reap what we sow. So think before you act in anger. Maybe you think you are in the right, but is it better to be right than to just get along.
May you all have a Blessed Christmas and wishing all a Happy, Healthy and Bright 2014
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MSLZZY 12/23/2013 11:09PM

    A wonderful story that mirrors the season. Time to build the bridges of love and acceptance.

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WINDSONG~ 12/23/2013 4:53AM

    Loved it

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KARABEANLVRLNDA 12/23/2013 12:17AM

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JANIEWWJD 12/23/2013 12:15AM

    Thank you so much for this blog!!!! It really shows us the true meaning of Christmas!!!! We all need to learn to love one another and we need to learn to get along with each other without judgement or prejudice!!!! Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, my friend, and may God bless you!!!!
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DIBANANA 12/22/2013 8:22PM

  Thanks Pat I really enjoyed this.



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OURELEE1 12/22/2013 7:43PM

  Pat a beautiful blog. Have a merry Christmas. And happy New Years

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PMFISH 12/22/2013 6:25PM

    Great story! I heard that quite some time ago, but had forgotten it. Thanks for posting.

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