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Close Encounter
by Michael Lance Kersting

Friday, July 11, 2003

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An interesting tale with a moral.

A wise woman who was
Traveling in the mountains
Found a precious stone in a stream.
The next day she met another traveler
Who was hungry, and the wise woman
Opened her bag to share her food.

The hungry traveler saw the precious stone
And asked the woman to give it to him.
She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left,
rejoicing in his good fortune.
He knew the stone was worth enough
To give him security for a lifetime.
But a few days later he came
To return the stone to the wise woman.

"I've been thinking," he said,
"I know how valuable the stone is,
but I give it back in the hope
that you can give me something
even more precious.

“Give me what you have within you
That enabled you to give me the stone."

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Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/21/2003
Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!
Reviewed by William M. Sowman 7/12/2003
Michael, what an excellent tale. The moral you relayed is great. Few would have came
back with the precious stone. Bill Murray
Reviewed by Sandi Sparks (Reader) 7/11/2003
Wonderful moral.

Sandi
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