Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Mouse Trap Parable

This is from a e-mail I received this morning;

A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package; what food might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a mouse trap! Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, "There is a mouse trap in the house, there is a mouse trap in the house. " Chicken clucked, and scrached, raised her head, and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell you this is of grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me; I can not be bothered with it." The mouse turned to the pig and told him, There is a mouse trap in the house." "I am so sorry Mr. Mouse," sympathized the pig, "but there is nothing I can do about it but prey; be assured that you are in my prayers." The mouse turned to the cow, who replied, "Like wow, Mr. Mouse, a mouse trap; am I in grave danger, Duh?" So the mouse returned to the house, head down, and dejectedto facethe farmers mouse trap alone. That night a sound was heard thought the house,like the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey. The farmers wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bite the farmers wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. She returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows that you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soups main ingredient. His wifes sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them the farmer butchered the pig. The farmers wife did not get well, in fact, she died, and so many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for them all to eat. So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think it does not concern you, remember that when the least of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
Still wondering if you are your brother's keeper?


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