A minister with a large family of seven children moved to a new city. He and his wife didn’t want to buy a home immediately. They wanted to rent a townhouse until they could get a feel for the area and choose a home where their kids would be in good schools and they could be conveniently located.
They found plenty of rental townhouses that were large enough, but the landlords always objected to having a family of nine occupy the place.
In frustration, one day the father asked the mother to take the four youngest children and go visit the local cemetery. She was puzzled by his request, but went along. He and the other three children headed off to investigate another townhouse they had found.
The place was perfect and the father told the landlord he would take it. Then came the usual question, “I see you have children. How many are there in the family?”
The minister gave out with a deep sigh, then said, “Seven … but four are with their dear mother in the cemetery.”
He got the townhouse.
There is no mechanical problem so difficult that it cannot be solved by brute strength and ignorance.
Thought for the day
“No mercy will be shown to those who show no mercy to others” (James 2:13a GW).
We need God’s forgiveness, kindness, patience, and help every day of my life. God says you get what you give. Forgiveness and mercy are a two-way street.