“A man who had just arrived in Heaven could hardly stop telling St. Peter how grateful he was to be in such a glorious place. He asked Peter to give him one glimpse into Hades so that he might further appreciate his good fortune, and Peter allowed this. In Hades he saw a long table extending as far as his eye could behold. The table was covered with the most delicious and varied foods the man had ever seen, Yet, everyone seated around the table was starving. The man asked Peter, “Why don’t they eat?” Peter replied, “Everyone is required to take food from the table only with four-foot-long forks. They are so long that no one can reach the food from the table to his mouth, and therefore each one is slowly dying.”
Upon his return to Heaven, the man saw a table that appeared identical! It, too, was laden with delicious foods of every type. Yet the people around this table were well fed. The man said to Peter, “They must have much shorter forks here in Heaven!” Peter replied, “No, only four-foot-long forks.”
Puzzled, the man asked, Then why are those in Hades starving to death and those in Heaven seem to be happy and well fed? Peter replied, “In Heaven, people feed each other.”” (Excerpt taken from “God’s Little Devotional Book for Couples” published by Honor books in Tulsa, OK)
This little story brought a smile to my face yesterday, and I knew right away that I was going to be posting it. Although, in Heaven we won’t need to eat, and therefore there won’t be any feeding each other with Shrek-sized forks, the idea that putting another’s needs before your own is the truest definition of Love. We can “feed” each other without ever sitting down at a table together. If each of us performs the smallest act of kindness towards another human everyday, be it a stranger or a close loved one, we just might bring a little Heaven down to Earth. Who have you “fed” someone and shown love to your corner of the world today?
Did this story touch you in anyway?
Are you holding something back?
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