I have had a very busy week with work and only now can sit down to write an article for the weekly chaplain newsletter for which I have received many compliments. Drawing a blank, also called “writer’s block”, I thought to share a story I heard that a man related to his father. Here is how it goes.
It is the story of a man who spent most of his money on his drinking. His children started to dread their future economic situation so they planned an intervention. One night that he was drunk, they tied their father up, brought him to a cemetery and left him there on the ground. They were hoping that when he would wake up from his drunkenness, their father would be so scared that he would never drink again. Little did they expect that that very night a wine carriage passed though the cemetery. The wine merchant was attacked and as he hurried the horses forward, a wine barrel fell off, rolled toward the drunk tied up man, and landed beside him with the faucet right next to his mouth. The man thanked Providence and kept drinking right there in the cemetery.
In a letter to his father, the man commented on this story saying, "We see from this that Providence leads a person in the way he wants to go. "
I found it to be quite a statement. We may think that we are victims of our environment, of the influences that have surrounded us all our lives, but in reality, WE are the sum total of OUR own decisions. This should make us think about our personal situations. We really have made these choices and good or bad, we have to live with them.
There is another side to the coin in this story. The man wrote to his father, “If “Providence” leads a man in the way he wants to go when he wants to do something improper, it is all the more true when the person has a strong will to do what is good.”
Patrick G. Lumbroso
Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69
Station Phone: 503.630.7712
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