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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Have a tissue ready!

It's a strange old world in which we live!  Somewhat 'topsy-turvey' at times.  I read my newspaper; I watch the televised news bulletins; I listen to the radio.  What I hear is that a top banker is receiving a bonus of £6.5 million.  That's just his bonus; and it's just for one year.  I don't know anyone, personally, who will earn that amount over a full working lifetime!  Of course, I don't know any Bank Directors or CEOs!

Then there are the 'pop stars', the 'sporting personalities', and the show business 'celebrities' who regularly receive their gongs in the Honours Lists.  It's as if all of that fame and fortune isn't enough for them - and maybe, deep down, it isn't!  Of course, one ought not to forget the politicians, and former politicians, who continue to use their position and/or contacts to ensure that their own little nests are well and truly feathered.

Meanwhile, there are thousands of ordinary, decent, people who work hard; are generous with their time and talents; support a variety of worthy causes; and care for their families.  Such a one is portrayed in the video clip, below.  As you watch, you'll realise the significance of the heading to this post!

It's a true story.  One day a son asks his father: "Dad, will you run the marathon with me?" The father answers "Yes", and both run their first marathon together. One day, the son asks his father if he wants to run the marathon with him again and the father answers "Yes". They both run the marathon together again. Then one day the son asks his father: "Dad, will you run the Ironman with me?" (the Ironman is the toughest - it requires a 4km swim, 180km biking and 42km running). yet again, the father says "Yes".  Doesn't sound too bad - but check the video!

You can have your bankers, and politicians, and pop stars, and all the rest.  Not one of them is fit to lick this dad's boots. And I know, that when I arrive in glory, it will because Jesus has carried me, pushed me, pulled me, done it all for me. But I'll be the one with the smile on my face, as the angels clap, and rejoice in another trophy of grace. Hallelujah! How can I be so certain?  The words of the song that accompanies the video, will answer that question! (and yes, I did shed a tear!).

Now - watch the video!

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