“It’s too bad that dying is the last thing we do. Because it could teach us so much about living.”
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It didn’t seem like an unreasonable request: I’ll follow you, Jesus, but first, let me go bury my father. Yet Jesus rejects the idea. Was He being rude? Mean? Unnecessarily harsh?
Quite the opposite. In fact, Jesus was trying to help the man understand a few important truths.
Suleiman the Magnificent was the longest-ruling leader in the Ottoman Empire. The mighty sultan led successful military conquests on multiple continents and the legal system he set in place transformed the lives of millions for several centuries. But like all men, both great and small, he eventually died.
But through an elaborate hoax, his dead body was kept on the throne!
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When realtors visit homes that have been foreclosed, it’s not uncommon for them to find messes, damages, or even bug infestations. They might even find an abandoned pet. But one realtor in Milwaukee had the surprise of his life when he found a dead body.
Talk about a hard resale….
Most of us drive by cemeteries on a regular basis. If we take the time to observe our burial grounds, we might note the wide range of headstones commemorating people’s lives: some are huge, demanding attention, while others are miniscule, almost stirring sympathy.
But small, plain headstones can be misleading. They are in the case of Michael Joseph Mansfield.
The homeless man lay face down and motionless on a sidewalk in New York City while blood from multiple knife wounds pooled underneath his body. He had tried to save someone’s life, and now, when he needed it most, no one would try to save his.