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8/10/2006 6:53:22 PM

The Carpenter

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 and he 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, 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.
It was a bridge -- a bridge stretching 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 the 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."

Author Unknown
We need to ask ourselves ...
Are we building bridges from our hearts to one another or building blocks between us?
Are we finding the things we have in common with one another
or are we focusing on our differences?
Every person on Mother Earth wants to be Loved and wants to give Love.
Every person wants to be accepted and acknowledged.
Open to the Love that you are, beautiful one.

God won't Ask ...

God won't ask what kind of car you drove,
but He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.

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 what your highest salary was,
but He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

God won't ask what your job title was,
but He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

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.
It is beautiful Divinity that we hold within us, dear one. Feel the Love that You Are
and become it in every way ... so all may see and remember their Love as well.


Edmund Salvador
8/12/2006 11:10:20 AM

This is the very example of what Christ has done to humankind. He came in order to build bridges instead of erecting tall and thicked walls. The very essence of life that shows the agape love of God to His creation.And the two brothers represent us,because sometimes there is pride in the heart of man, and until we put the robe of righteousness in us we will never can bult a bridge, because the flesh tends to pride himself with his accomplishments.Thank you for this blog and God bless!


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