GOD’s GRACE TO GET INTO HEAVEN

“I saw the Lord always before me… Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced.” Acts 2:25,26

God’s Grace

A man dies and goes to heaven.

Of course, St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates.

St. Peter says, “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into
heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a
certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When
you reach 100 points, you get in.”

“Okay,” the man says,

“I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her,
even in my heart.”

“That’s wonderful,” says St. Peter, “That’s worth three points!”

“Three points?” he says. “Well, I attended church all my life and
supported its ministry with my tithe and service.”

“Terrific!” says St. Peter. “That’s certainly worth a point.”

“One point!?!!”

“I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless
veterans.”

“Fantastic, that’s good for two more points,” he says.

“Two points!?!! “Exasperated, the man cries.

“At this rate the only way I’ll get into heaven is by the Grace of God.”

“Bingo, 100 points! Come on in!”
________

THE LORD’S PRAYER AND THE LORD’S ANSWER

The person praying: Our Father Who Art in Heaven.

God: Yes?

The person praying: Don’t interrupt me. I’m praying.

God: But — you called ME!

The person praying: Called you? No, I didn’t call you. I’m praying. Our
Father Who Art in Heaven.

God: There — you did it again!

The person praying: Did what?

God: Called ME. You said, “Our Father Who Art in Heaven.” Well, here I am.
What’s on your mind?

The person praying: But I didn’t mean anything by it. I was, you know,
just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord’s Prayer. It
makes me feel good, kind of like fulfilling a duty.

God: Well, all right. Go on.

The person praying: Okay, Hallowed be thy name . . .

God: Hold it right there. What do you mean by that?

The person praying: By what?

God: By “Hallowed be thy name?”

The person praying: It means, it means . . Good grief, I don’t know what
it means. How in the world should I know? It’s just a part of the prayer.
By the way, what does it mean?

God: It means honored, holy, wonderful.

The person praying: Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what
‘hallowed’ meant before. Thanks. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on
earth as it is in Heaven
.

God: Do you really mean that?

The person praying: Sure, why not?

God: What are you doing about it?

The person praying: Doing? Why, nothing, I guess. I just think it would be
kind of neat if you got control, of everything down here like you have up
there. We’re kinda in a mess down here you know.

God: Yes, I know; but, have I got control of you?

The person praying: Well, I go to church.

God: That isn’t what I asked you. What about your bad temper? You’ve
really got a problem there, you know. And then there’s the way you spend
your money —
all on yourself. And what about the kind of books you read?

The person praying: Now hold on just a minute! Stop picking on me! I’m
just as good as some of the rest of those people at church!

God: Excuse ME. I thought you were praying for my will to be done. If that
is to happen, it will have to start with the ones who are praying for it.
Like you — for example.

The person praying: Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now
that you mention it, I could probably name some others.

God: So could I.

The person praying: I haven’t thought about it very much until now, but I
really would like to cut out some of those things. I would like to, you
know, be really free.

God: Good. Now we’re getting somewhere. We’ll work together — You and ME.
I’m proud of You.

The person praying: Look, Lord, if you don’t mind, I need to finish up
here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does. Give us this day,
our daily bread.

God: You need to cut out the bread. You’re overweight as it is.

The person praying: Hey, wait a minute! What is this? Here I was doing my
religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my
hang-ups.

God: Praying is a dangerous thing. You just might get what you ask for.
Remember,
you called ME — and here I am. It’s too late to stop now. Keep praying.
(. . . pause . . .)
Well, go on.

The person praying: I’m scared to.

God: Scared? Of what?

The person praying: I know what you’ll say.

God: Try ME.

The person praying: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin
against us.

God: What about Ann?

The person praying: See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Why,
Lord, she’s told lies about me, spread stories. She never paid back the
money she owes me.
I’ve sworn to get even with her!

God: But — your prayer — What about your prayer?

The person praying: didn’t — mean it.

God: Well, at least you’re honest. But, it’s quite a load carrying around
all that bitterness
and resentment isn’t it?

The person praying: Yes, but I’ll feel better as soon as I get even with
her. Boy, have I got some plans for her. She’ll wish she had never been
born.

God: No, you won’t feel any better. You’ll feel worse. Revenge isn’t
sweet. You know how unhappy you are — Well, I can change that.

The person praying: You can? How?

God: Forgive Ann. Then, I’ll forgive you; And the hate and the sin, will
be Ann’s problem — not yours. You will have settled the problem as far as
you are concerned.

The person praying: Oh, you know, you’re right. You always are. And more
than I want revenge, I want to be right with You. . (sigh). All right. .
all right. .I forgive her.

God: There now! Wonderful! How do you feel?

The person praying: Hmmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all! In fact, I feel
pretty great! You know, I don’t think I’ll go to bed uptight tonight. I
haven’t been getting much rest, you know.

God: Yes, I know. But, you’re not through with your prayer are you? Go on.

The person praying: Oh, all right. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil.

God: Good! Good! I’ll do that. Just don’t put yourself in a place where
you can be tempted.

The person praying: What do you mean by that?

God: You know what I mean.

The person praying: Yeah. I know.

God: Okay. Go ahead. Finish your prayer.

The person praying: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
forever.
Amen.

God: Do you know what would bring me glory — What would really make me
happy?

The person praying: No, but I’d like to know. I want to please you now.
I’ve really made a mess of things. I want to truly follow you. I can see
now how great that would be. So, tell me . . . How do I make you happy?

God: YOU just did

POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:

Praying for others:
I am including you in my prayers today because I love and cherish you.
In prayer, I see you as you really are – a magnificent creation of God who is surrounded and enfolded in Divine light and love.
God is always with you.
With God, you are capable of overcoming any challenge.
I think of you expressing God’s light and life in everything you do.
You are a radiant beacon of Divine love for all the world to see.
No other person in the world is quite like you, and no other person can give what you have to give.
So don’t give up.
Just by being you, you are a blessing to the world.
In Jesus Christ’s name… Amen

POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION: My life is in order because I am an intricate part of an orderly whole.

POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.



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