Take My Son

This story was emailed me from the internet, and I found it so uplifting I will share it here.  I do not know who wrote it:
The ending  will  surprise   you. 

Take  my  Son.....

(photo is my son, when he was small.  Bob, his dad who was killed by a drunk driver at age 34) 
A  wealthy man and  his son loved to collect  rare works of art. They had everything in  their  collection, fromPicasso to Raphael.  They would often sit together and  admire  the great works of   art..
When the  Vietnam   conflict broke out, the son went  to war. He was very courageous and died in   battle while rescuing another soldier. The  father was notified and grieved  deeply for  his only  son.
About a  month  later, just before  Christmas,


There  was a knock  at the door. A young man stood  at the door with a large package in his   hands.. 


He said,  'Sir,  you don't know me, but I am the  soldier for whom your son gave his life.  He  saved many lives that day, and he was  carrying me to safety when a bullet struck   him in the heart and he died instantly... He  often talked about you, and your  love for  art.' The young man held out this package. 'I  know this isn't much. I'm  not really a  great artist, but I think your son would have  wanted you to have   this.'

The   father 
Opened  the  package. It was a portrait of his son,  painted by the young man. He stared in  awe  at the way the soldier had captured the  personality of his son in the  painting.  The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own  eyes welled up with  tears. He thanked the  young man and offered to pay him for the  picture.. 'Oh, no  sir, I could never repay  what your son did for me. It's a   gift.'

The  father hung  the portrait over his mantle.  Every time visitors came to his home he took  them  to see the portrait of his son before  he showed them any of the other great   works he had collected.  


The man  died a  few months later. There was to be a  great auction of his paintings. Many   influential people gathered, excited over seeing  the great paintings and having  an  opportunity to purchase one for their  collection.

On the  platform  sat the painting of the son. The  auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will  start  the bidding with this picture of the  son. Who will bid for this   picture?'  
There  was   silence...  
    Then a  voice in  the back of the room shouted, 'We  want to see the famous paintings. Skip  this   one.'  

But  the  auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody  bid for this painting? Who will start the   bidding? $100,  $200?'
Another  voice  angrily. 'We didn't come to see this  painting. We came to see the Van  Gogh's,  the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real   bids!'  

But  still the  auctioneer continued. 'The son!  The son! Who'll take the   son?'  
Finally,  a voice  came from the very back of the  room. It was the longtime gardener of the man  and  his son. 'I'll give $10 for the  painting...' Being a poor man, it was all  he  could  afford.  
'We have  $10, who  will bid  $20?'  
'Give it  to him  for $10. Let's see the  masters.'
The  crowd was  becoming angry. They didn't want  the picture of the   son. 
They  wanted the  more worthy investments for  their  collections.  
The  auctioneer  pounded the gavel.. 'Going  once, twice, SOLD for   $10!'     
A man  sitting on  the second row shouted, 'N ow  let's get on with the   collection!'     
The  auctioneer  laid down his gavel. 'I'm  sorry, the auction is   over.'    

'What  about the   painting
'I am  sorry. When  I was called to conduct this  auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in  the  will... I was not allowed to reveal  that stipulation until this time. Only the   painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever  bought that painting would  inherit the  entire estate, including the  paintings. 
The man  who took  the son gets  everything!'  
God gave  His  son over 2,000 years ago to die on the  Cross. Much like the  auctioneer, His  message today is: 'The Son, the Son, who'll take  the   Son?'   
Because,  you see,  whoever takes the Son gets  everything!   



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