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Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)
TITLE: In Loving Memory of Those Swept Away with Folly
By Terry Lee
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As a young girl, Wisdom developed an ear for listening and a heart for giving. She often prayed to the Lord that there would be more of Him and less of her. But Folly was simple; her young eyes were undisciplined and without knowledge. She often complained there were not enough treasures in the world for her to consume.
Both girls grew into beautiful, gorgeous, womanly figures, but in spite of Wisdom’s natural graces, it was Folly who became the most alluring.
Each sister developed an unquenchable drive for gaining the attention of the masses. Wisdom for what she had to offer and Folly for what she had to gain. Wisdom called out from the highest places in the city, inviting guests to leave their simple ways and enter her home. Appealing to the heart, she spoke thoughtfully and in the language of the fear of the Lord, so that her messages were only received by those who were searching. Folly was too impatient to wait for others to search for her, so she rejected the highest places in favor of electronic messaging, where she could slip into the minds of others uninvited. She lured guests into her home with messages that were loud and heartless and designed to invade the senses.
The guests who found Wisdom and accepted her invitation were few in number, but great in fortune. Wisdom had taken special care to prepare her home for her guests. Her foundation was sturdy, and her offerings sweet incense to the Lord. When guests tasted from her glorious banquet, Wisdom immediately entered their hearts and the guests realized that nothing they desired could compare. Their days became many in number and years were added to their lives.
Folly had no patience for preparations. All that she had to offer was either stolen or false. Still, thousands flocked to the home of Folly. She had so easily lured them with her haughty laughter and mocking eyes, but once inside all they found was dust and bones. The guests scurried from room to room in search of promised treasures: schemes of GETTING RICH QUICK, pills for LOSING WEIGHT WITHOUT EXERCISE, and the secret to FORGETTING ABOUT AGING FOREVER. Folly’s guests found none of these treasures. Their hopes had come to nothing and their intentions crashed to the floor.
At the edge of the obscure town on another dark fall night, a storm came. Fierce rain and strong winds ravaged the town, sweeping away cars, homes, and the Internet.
The home of Folly which was built on sand dissolved in the storm. Folly and her guests were swept away. The home of Wisdom which was built on rock resisted the storm. The skies cleared and Wisdom and her guests stood firm, forever.
*Inspired by the Book of Proverbs, especially Chapter 9.
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