Mr. Rajan Thomas was
getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a
beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father
Thomas could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As graduation day approached, Rajan awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father Thomas called him into his private room. Thomas told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him.
Thomas handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed Rajan opened the box and found a lovely, leather bound Bible.
Angrily, Rajan raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the Holy Book. He never contacted his father again for long long time, though Thomas attempted to see him.
Many years passed. Once Rajan had a telephone message telling his father is very serious and do not speak except only one word "Rajan". A sudden sadness and regret filled his heart and rushed to see his father. As soon as Thomas saw his son, he smiled at him, called by name "Rajan", hold his hands to show a book under the pillow and died.
Rajan recognized the same new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. Suddenly a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL.
Rajan lost his control and cried aloud at his father's dead body.
How many times do we miss GOD's love and blessings from the Holy Bible and through the prayers because they are not packaged as we expected.
Pastor Paul Ciniraj,
Salem Voice, Baseelia, Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala-686038, INDIA. (E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Appearing Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002