Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We had Thanksgiving at a friends house. We felt very grateful for their hospitality. It was a great time and man, was it a feast!!!
While we were there, Gabriel kept looking at this snake they had. It was about 4-5 feet long. We honestly thought Gabriel would scream like a little girl if they brought it out. They brought the snake out and Gabriel really loved that snake! He didn't want to let it go! Brooke on the other hand....was scared to death of it! But they brought out a baby snake, just her size, for her to hold and she loved it. She didn't want to let it go either!
Just for the record....there will NEVER be a snake in this home. NEVER!!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
"Love is like oxygen...love lifts you up where you belong." Moulin Rouge.
Today in R.S we talked bout Showing Love, and our best teacher of love, Christ, and becoming more like him.
The RS President told of a story she saw on News. This Muslim who owned a store had a rude awakening, when this guy came in with a bat and demanded all the money in the cash drawer. The Muslim acted like he was going to give this man the money but instead grabbed a hand gun and pointed it at the robber. The robber went straight to his knees and begged this Muslim to spare his life and proceeded to tell him that his family is starving and this was his only option. The Muslim felt bad, started to pray with him, and then gave the robber $40 and a loaf of bread. He was going to give the robber some milk, but he bolted before the Muslim could give it to him.
Some months later the store owner received a letter in the mail with no return address on it. The letter was from this robber who told this Muslim how he changed his life. He and his family were starving and he needed to do something to take care of them. When he went into the store, he honestly thought he was going to die as the store owner held that gun to him, but when he gave this robber money and food instead, he didn't know what to think. The robber converted to the Muslim belief and in the letter gave this owner $50 for the $40 that he received during the robbery.
This story hit a lot of people's hearts and they started giving the store owner money in letters. What do you think he did with this money he received? He decided to let the homeless come into his store for a free coffee and bagel every morning. What a true act of love and act of service.