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Mar 5, 2006 | 20:23 1 >>A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had

>>everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often

>>sit together and admire the great works of art.

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>>When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very

>>courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father

>>was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

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>>About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door.

>>A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

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>>He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son

>>gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to

>>safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He

>>often talked about you, and your love for art." The young man held out

>>this package. "I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but

>>I think your son would have wanted you to have this."

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>>The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by

>>the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the

>>personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the

>>eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and

>>offered to pay him for the picture. "Oh, no sir, I could never repay what

>>your son did for me. It's a gift."

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>>The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to

>>his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them

>>any of the other great works he had collected.

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>>The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his

>>paintings Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great

>>paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

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>>On the platform sat the painting of the son The auctioneer pounded his

>>gavel. "We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will

>>bid for this picture?"

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>>There was silence.

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>>Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, "We want to see the famous

>>paintings. Skip this one."

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>>But the auctioneer persisted. "Will somebody bid for this painting. Who

>>will start the bidding? $100, $200?"

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>>Another voice angrily. "We didn't come to see this painting. We came to

>>see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!"

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>>But still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the

>>son?"

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>>Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime

>>gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give $10 for the painting." Being a

>>poor man, it was all he could afford.

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>>"We have $10, who will bid $20?"

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>>"Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters."

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>>"$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?"

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>>The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.

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>>They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

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>>The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!"

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>>A man sitting on the second row shouted, "Now let's get on with the

>>collection!"

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>>The auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I'm sorry, the auction is over."

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>>"What about the paintings?"

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>>"I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a

>>secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that

>>stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be

>>auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate,

>>including the paintings.

>> The man who took the son gets everything!"

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>>God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the

>>auctioneer, His message today is: "The son, the son, who'll take the

>>son?"

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>>Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.

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>>FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER

>>BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...THAT'S LOVE

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joedales's Avatar Dec 30, 2006 | 11:46 2 Nice Story for this time of year - thanks for sharing.

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Nov 20, 2014 | 04:27 3 You have shared an inspiring story here, i would like to day thanks for the true message.



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