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Rick Clark
10-27-2006, 05:09 PM
The Heart

"Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began,
"I'll open up your heart..."

"You'll find Jesus there," the boy interrupted.

The surgeon looked up, annoyed "I'll
cut your heart open," he continued,
to see how much damage has been done..."

"But when you open up my heart, you'll
find Jesus in there," said the boy.

The surgeon looked to the parents, who
Sat quietly. "When I see how much
damage has been done, I'll sew your
heart and chest back up, and I'll plan
what to do next."

"But you'll find Jesus in my heart. The
Bible says He lives there. The
hymns all say He lives there. You'll
find Him in my heart."

The surgeon had had enough. "I'll tell
you what I'll find in your heart.
I'll find damaged muscle, low blood
supply, and weakened vessels.
And I'll find out if I can make you well."

"You'll find Jesus there too. He lives there."

The surgeon left.

The surgeon sat in his office, recording his
notes from the surgery, "...damaged aorta, damaged
pulmonary vein, widespread muscle degeneration.
No hope for transplant, no hope for cure. Therapy:
painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis:, "
here he paused, "death within one year."

He stopped the recorder, but there was
more to be said. "Why?" he asked aloud.
"Why did You do this? You've put
him here; You've put him in this pain; and
You've cursed him to an early death. Why?"

The Lord answered and said, "The boy,
My lamb, was not meant for your
flock for long, for he is a part of My
flock, and will forever be.
Here, in My flock, he will feel no pain, and
will be comforted as you cannot imagine.

His parents will one day join him here,
and they will know peace, and
My flock will continue to grow."

The surgeon's tears were hot, but his
anger was hotter. "You created that
boy, and You created that heart. He'll
be dead in months. Why?"

The Lord answered, "The boy, My lamb,
shall return to My flock, for He has
Done his duty: I did not put My lamb
with your flock to lose him, but to retrieve another
lost lamb."

The surgeon wept.. The surgeon sat
beside the boy's bed; the boy's
parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and
whispered, "Did you cut open my heart?"

"Yes," said the surgeon.

"What did you find?" asked the boy.

"I found Jesus there," said the surgeon.

Author Unknown - Celebrate Jesus in 2006

Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me,
I will be ashamed of you before my Father.."

"Yes, I do Love God. He is my source of existence and
Savior. He keeps me functioning each and everyday.
Without Him, I will be nothing. Without him, I am nothing,
but with Him I can do all things through Christ that strengthens
me." (Phil 4:13)

ken_nyus
10-27-2006, 05:30 PM
Nice story.

The classical version of the same argument...

Objection 1. It seems that God does not exist; because if one of two contraries be infinite, the other would be altogether destroyed. But the word "God" means that He is infinite goodness. If, therefore, God existed, there would be no evil discoverable; but there is evil in the world. Therefore God does not exist.

Reply to Objection 1. As Augustine says (Enchiridion xi): "Since God is the highest good, He would not allow any evil to exist in His works, unless His omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil." This is part of the infinite goodness of God, that He should allow evil to exist, and out of it produce good.

Cuyahoga Chuck
10-27-2006, 06:19 PM
Can it!
Rick doesn't read.
He only PASTES.

Meerkat
10-27-2006, 06:22 PM
This is part of the infinite goodness of God, that He should allow evil to exist, and out of it produce good.When is he going to get started?

Rick Clark
10-28-2006, 11:34 AM
Can it!
Rick doesn't read.
He only PASTES.

I do read what I paste big boy.

Bob Cleek
10-28-2006, 03:56 PM
"When is he going to get started?" He's been at it for a long time, Meer... but for the moment He's got his hands full taking care of you! I for one am happy to wait my turn until He finishes.

Bob Cleek
10-28-2006, 03:56 PM
"When is he going to get started?" He's been at it for a long time, Meer... but for the moment He's got his hands full taking care of you! I for one am happy to wait my turn until He finishes.