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On the first day, he sadly packed his belongings into boxes, crates
On the second day, he had the movers come and collect his things.
On the third day, he sat down for the last time at their beautiful
dining-room table, by candle-light; he put on some soft background
music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle
When he'd finished, he went into each and every room and deposited a
few half-eaten shrimps dipped in caviar into the hollow center of the
He then cleaned up the kitchen and left.
On the fourth day, the wife came back with her new boyfriend, and at
first all was bliss.
Then, slowly, the house began to smell.
They tried everything; cleaning, mopping, and airing-out the place.
Vents were checked for dead rodents, and carpets were steam cleaned.
Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to
set off gas canisters, during which time the two had to move out for a
few days, and in the end they even paid to replace the expensive wool
carpeting. Nothing worked!People stopped coming over to visit.
Repairmen refused to work in the house.The maid quit.
Finally, they couldn't take the stench any longer, and decided they
had to move, but a month later - even though they'd cut their price in
half - they couldn't find a buyer for such a stinky house.
Word got out, and eventually even the local realtors refused to return
Finally, unable to wait any longer for a purchaser, they had to borrow
a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.
Then the ex called the woman and asked how things were going. She told
him the saga of the rotting house. He listened politely and said that
he missed his old home terribly and would be willing to reduce his
divorce settlement in exchange for having the house.
Knowing he could have no idea how bad the smell really was, she agreed
on a price that was only 1/10 nth of what the house had been worth ...
but only if he would sign the papers that very day.
He agreed, and within two hours her lawyers delivered the completed paperwork.
A week later the woman and her boyfriend stood smiling as they watched
the moving company pack everything to take to their new home ... and
just to spite the ex-husband, they even took the curtain rods !!!
I LOVE A HAPPY ENDING, DON'T YOU...?
BeachGrandma wrote:Ok, tell me if I'm wrong here. I've collected Amish memorabilia for about 30 years, ever since visiting some family members in central Pennsylvania. I even bought a gorgeous hand-made quilt from an Amish lady which is to die for, as well as two Amish dolls that stand 3 feet tall which I bought an estate sale. I have so much Amish stuff you can't imagine.
But my feelings about the Amish have changed and I have quietly packed away my Amish collection.
When the terrible slaughter of innocent Amish children in 2006 took place, the entire country wept. I was one of them. It was a meaningless tragedy beyond words. One year later the Amish held a memorial service to which the grieving widow of the murderer was invited. She was showered with love and understanding and the promise of forgiveness by the Amish to the shooter himself. It was a beautiful occasion to later read about.
But that same level of understanding and forgiveness did not translate into forgiveness for those Amish family members, especially the young adults, who almost every day
decide to leave the tightly-knit communities and become more integrated into the world around them.
They are still shunned, they are still ex-communicated, they are still forbidden entrance into their family's homes, their lives, their Sunday gatherings. Some who want to attend college and become physicians, teachers, businessmen are given no support; worse, they can't talk to their families any more, at any time, about anything. They are dead to their unforgiving, adamant families.
Was their memorial service a year after the school shootings nothing more than a publicity event? Were the Amish communities really showering forgiveness on the murderer or was it a carefully-planned, but meaningless display?
From what I've read, nothing has changed about their feelings toward their own grown sons and daughters who have ventured out on their own. Shunning is anti-Biblical, it is unbelievably harsh and it is permanent.
I put away my collection of Amish memorabilia and no one noticed. One of these days perhaps I can find a buyer. I feel sad about it but keeping them seemed to be a stamp of approval for their shunning that is still prevalent, still destroying families, and is still is breaking lives and hearts.
Do you see where I'm coming from or is this unforgiveness toward the Amish on my own part?
Verna wrote:Mariane, you must have been a delight as a child--as you are now! Little Charles is one wise little boy. I'm loving the humor on here. I can't remember if this has been on here or not, but if you haven't seen Tim Conway's dentist impression, you're in for a treat, and if you have seen it, you're still in for a treat!
Edy T Johnson shared Hebrew for Christians status.
[Oh, do I ever know how this feels!]
Many of us have been given the "gift of holy desperation." That's the special blessing of needing God so viscerally that you will fall apart or even self-destruct apart from His daily intervention in your life... "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:3). We groan in hope... In our Torah portion this week (Tzav) we read that the fire on the altar was to be kept burning at all times (Lev. 6:12-13), which symbolizes esh tamid (אֵשׁ תָּמִיד), or the inner fire of the heart... How blessed it is to be full of the fire of this inner need, this relentless groaning, this constant hunger to be set free. As it is written, the high and lifted up One dwells with the broken and lowly of spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the crushed.
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