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Old 03 January 2008, 04:02 AM
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Friend of mine sent me this.

OLD BARNS--
-And People

A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway. I told him right off he was crazy. He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked. He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale. I told him he had a funny idea of beauty.

Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there's been
a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer
sun's beat down on that old barn 'til all the paint's gone, and the wood has
turned silver gray. Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of
tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.

That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood
there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he's building down the road. He said you couldn't get paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.

It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. Only it's on
the inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver, gray too...
and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the
Good Lord knows what He's doing. And as the years pass He's busy using the
hard weather of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce. And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy!

They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a
rich man's house. And I reckon someday you and I'll be hauled off to Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for u s on the Great Sky Ranch.

And I suspect we'll be more beautiful then for the seasons we've been
through here... and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's house.

May there be peace within you today. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. 'I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
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Old 03 January 2008, 06:50 AM
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It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. Only it's on
the inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver, gray too...
and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the
Good Lord knows what He's doing.
That reminds me of a joke my friend used to tell me about the similarities between someone's grandma, and his genitals, what with the leaning and full of sap.
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Old 03 January 2008, 07:35 AM
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But the Good Lord knows what He's doing.
And I dared to think after getting half way through that this could be one of those rarest of things, a glurge without God in it. Oh well, no puppies at least.
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Old 03 January 2008, 08:15 AM
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But the rich man's contractors passed on the wrong message, all the timbers were thrown into the fire.
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Old 03 January 2008, 02:25 PM
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The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he's building down the road.
So the moral of the story is that old folks should be chopped up and just their useful parts reserved?
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Old 03 January 2008, 03:11 PM
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This is how it should have concluded:

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It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. Only it's on
the inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver, gray too...
and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap.
...

They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a
rich man's house.
And like that old barn, there are parts of you that can be re-used when you've passed on. So please, become an organ donor - and make sure your family knows your wishes.
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Old 03 January 2008, 09:33 PM
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I like this one.

It's got a good message, and it's not asking you to pass it on to 100 friends, telling you you're ashamed of Jesus if you don't, or condemning anyone who doesn't think the same way as the writer.
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Old 03 January 2008, 09:39 PM
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Ahh, I get it. Jesus left us here to rot.
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Old 03 January 2008, 10:59 PM
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This glurge would make most of the people on the old house forums angry. "Dummy, why didn't you lovingly restore the barn? Now that bit of history's gone forever! And for what? To decorate somebody's McMansion?"
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Old 03 January 2008, 11:30 PM
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...and watermelon wine?

Brad "stick a straw in it and suck" from Georgia
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Old 05 January 2008, 09:45 AM
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Wow, a story that actually portrays city dwellers in a positive way. I'm impressed.
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Old 05 January 2008, 08:10 PM
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A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway.
I turned to him and said, "What the nfbsk are you tell me this for? Do I know you or something, Jack?!"
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