On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 17:12:39 GMT, "J.B. Bobbitt"
Reminds me of my favorite.
An old, rich man is sick and close to death. He has been a faithful
Christian all of his life, and as he is lying on his deathbed he is
praying. "Dear Lord, I've served you all my life. I've shared my
possessions with those less fortunate. I've never cheated anyone or
lied to gain an advantage. Now I want to make one request before I
come before you."
God considered this and responded, "What is your request, my son?"
"Lord, I've always heard that you can't take it with you, but I'd like
to bring something from my earthly life with me to heaven."
Again, God pondered before responding, "Very well. You may bring one
suitcase with you when you come to Heaven. Have it packed and under
your bed before you die."
The man gave careful instructions as to what he wanted in the suitcase
and had it placed under his bed. A couple of days later he passed on
to his reward and found himself at the pearly gates, suitcase in hand.
St. Peter looked him over and said, "You are admitted, but the
suitcase can't come. You only get to come here with your soul.
Remember, 'you can't take it with you.'"
"But I have special permission from God!" The man protested.
"Hmmm... I'll have to check this out. Wait here." And Peter
disappeared into the heights of Heaven. A short time later he returned
and told the man "You're right, you have permission to bring that one
suitcase, but I have to inspect it to make sure that there is nothing
in it that would be inappropriate in Heaven."
The man immediately agreed to have his case inspected and opened it on
the spot, to reveal row after row of bars of gold glistening in the
heavenly light. Peter studied this for a moment then looked at the
man, puzzled - "You brought pavement?"
Merry Christmas to all!