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Parable of the Spoons

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A holy man was having a conversation with the
     Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know
     what Heaven and Hell are like. "The Lord led the
     holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors
     and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the
     room was a large round table. In the middle of the
     table was a large pot of stew which smelled
     delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.
     The people sitting around the table were thin and
     sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were
     holding spoons with very long handles that were
     strapped to their arms and each found it possible to
     reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but
     because the handle was longer than their arms, they
     could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
     The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery
     and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."
     They went to the next room and opened the door.
     It was exactly the same as the first one. There was
     the large round table with the large pot of stew
     which made the holy man's mouth water. The
     people were equipped with the same long-handled
     spoons, but here the people were well nourished
     and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said,
     "I don't understand."
     It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill.
     You see, they have learned to feed each other.
     While the greedy think only of themselves.
     "A friend is someone who reaches for your hand,
     and touches your heart."
     "People say true friends must always hold hands,
     but true friends don't need to hold hands because
     they know the other hand will always be there..."

Submitted by Jacki

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