Who'll Take the Son?
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.
They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael.
They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was
very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier.
The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the
door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. 
He said,"Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son 
gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety 
when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. 
He often talked about you, and your love for art.

The young man held out his package. "I know this isn't much. I'm not
really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this."

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted
by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had
captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so
drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked
the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.

"Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift."

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came
to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he
showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of
his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the
great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their
collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer
pounded his gavel.

"We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid
for this picture?" There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the
room shouted. "We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one."
But the auctioneer persisted. "Will someone bid for this painting?
Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?" Another voice shouted
angrily. "We didn't come to see this painting.. We came to see the Van
Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!" But still, the
auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the son?"

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the
longtime gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give $10 for the painting."

Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. "We have $10, who will
bid $20?" "Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters." "$10 is the
bid, won't someone bid $20?" The crowd was becoming angry. They
didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy
investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for

A man sitting on the second row shouted. "Now let's get on with the

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I'm sorry, the auction is over."
"What about the paintings?" "I am sorry. When I was called to
conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was
not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting
of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would
inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the
son gets everything!"

God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like
the auctioneer, His message today is, "The son, the son, who'll take
the son?"

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.
-author unknown-

Contributed by "Liz" Logan, of Automated Data Services.
Thanks, Liz :)