The Pastor and his Special Son

Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the Pastor and hiseleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out GospelTracts. This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring down rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, ‘OK, dad, I’m ready.’

His Pastor dad asked, ‘Ready for what? ‘Dad, it’s time we gather our tracts together and go out. Dad responds, ‘Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s pouring down rain.’

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, ‘But Dad, aren’t people still going to Hell, even though it’s raining?
Dad answers, ‘Son, I am not going out in this weather.

De spondently, the boy asks, ‘Dad, can I go? Please? His father hesitated for a moment then said, ‘Son, you can go. Hereare the tracts, be careful son.

‘Thanks Dad! And with that, he was off and out into the rain. This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street aGospel Tract.

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST TRACT. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to, but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up thesidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered.

He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited butstill no answer.
Finally, this eleven year old trooper turned to leave, but something stopped him.

Again, he turned to the door and rang the b ell and knocked loudly on the door withhis fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch!

He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. Shesoftly asked, ‘Whatcan I do for you, son?’ With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, thislittle boy said, ‘Ma’am, I’m sorry if f I disturbed you, but I justwant to tell youthat *JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU* and I came to give you my very lastGospel Tract which will tell you all about JESUS and His great LOVE.’

With that, he handed her his last tract and turned to leave. She called to him as he departed. ‘Thank you, son! And God Bless You! Well, the following Sunday morning in church Pastor Dad was in the pulpit. As theservice began, he asked, ‘Does anybody have testimony or want to sayanything?’

Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet.

As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face,’No one in this church knows me. I’ve never been here before. You see,before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband passed on sometime ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, beinga particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in myheart that I came to the end of the line where I no longer had anyhope or will to live.

So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the atticof my home.. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood on thechair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standingon that chair, so lonely and brokenhearted I was about to leap off,when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me.I thought, ‘I’ll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.’

I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louderand more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly.

I thought to myself again, ‘Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.’ I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door,all the while the bell rang louder and louder.

When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, forthere on myfront porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had everseen in my life..His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you!

The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead, TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, ‘Ma’ am, I just cameto tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU.’ Then he gave me this

Gospel Tract that I now hold in my hand.

As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel Tract. Then I went up to myattic to get myrope and chair. I wouldn’t be needing them any more.

You see– -I am now a Happy Child of the KING. Since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel Tract, I have come here topersonall y sayTHANK YOU to God’s little angel who came just in the nick of time andby so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.

There was not a dry eye in the church. And as shouts of praise and honor to THE KING resounded off the very rafters of the building,Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated.

He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no church has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love & honor for his son…. Except for One.

Our Father also allowed His Son to go out into a cold and dark world. He received His Son back with joy unspeakable, and as all of heavenshouted praises and honor to The King, the Father sat His beloved Son on a throne far above all principality and power and every name that is named.

Blessed are your eyes for reading this message.

Don’t let this message die, read it again and pass it to others.Heaven is for His people!

Remember, God’s message CAN make the difference in the life of someone close to you. Please share this wonderful message….

If you love JESUS, please send this message to everyone.

Spread His word, and share His goodness and faithfulness.

Matthew 10:32 says:
‘Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will acknowledge him beforeMy Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disownhim beforeMy Father in heaven’

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  1. Antonio says:

    Again, you are right about this particular story; there is no need to beat a dead horse. I alaerdy retracted my statement that connected deceptive witnessing practices and the guy in this story. I have no proof how this guy got the tract or what he was doing with it. I regret ever drawing that parallel.Maybe I have just had a bad history with this particualr tract. It irks me because I have encountered many copies of it covering the ground in parking lots and parks. I have worked at businesses that became angry with me because people from my faith left it all over their store. I also remember this kind of tract in my high school it did not reap the purely positive reaction that you have had. In all of the cases where I remember having encountered it, this tract has INCREASED hostility against Christians and God’s Word. I hope that you consider the limited perspective of my anecdotal evidence as valid as the limited perspective of your your anecdotal evidence. Just because you have had good experiences does not mean that that is the norm any more than my negative experiences mean that that is the norm. I think caution and prayerful consideration are important. Agreed?I would not presume to judge your methods based solely on your text discription. I will leave it up to you to determine if what you are doing is ethical and clear. I am glad that we both agree that face-to-face conversation is far better than just leaving papers all over the place.I do think there is a problem when unwarranted deception (especially when it becomes illegal or unethical behavior) is used to deliver the message of Christ. We should not witness by any means neccessary. It is one thing to do something unusual to get someone’s attention. It is quite another to misrepresent yourself trick people into listening to you. I can see how this tract can be used properly. But, like all things, we should exercise caution and make sure that we are not doing more harm than good.Witnessing is not the same as advertising. It is not anything to get the word out’ at all costs and wait to see what sticks’. Christians should not misrepresent themsleves and God’s Word or lie when they talk about their faith no matter how slight that lie might be. If you make contact with someone under a false pretense, how can that person trust what you have to say?I hope that we can both agree that there are some tactics (not neccesarily this one) and methods are unacceptable, unChristian, and do more harm than good.

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