I love emails like this. I don't post this because of look what we are doing in our group but to encourage you all that we are making a difference even if we can't see it. Here is the story about the boy and then please read the email after that:
"About to graduate from High school, a young man from a wealthy family anticipating his gift. It was the custom in that affluent neighborhood for the parents to give the graduate a new car. Jason and his father had spent months looking at cards, and the week before graduation they found the perfect car. Jason was certain that this car would be his own graduation night. Imagine his disappointment when, immediately following the graduation ceremony, Jason’s father handed him a small, elegantly wrapped package. It must be the keys to my new car, Jason thought. Upon opening the gift, though, all he found was a Bible with his name imprinted on the front. A Bible? He took it out, looking to find car keys in the box. Empty! Jason was so angry that he threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. His father tried to stop him, but Jason kept on running. He and his father never saw each other again. News of his father’s death finally brought Jason home again. As he went through the possessions he was about to inherit from his father, he came across the graduation Bible. Brushing away the dust, he opened it and began idly flipping through the pages. A paper tucked inside caught his eye and he pulled out of the Bible a cashier’s check, dated the day of his graduation, in the exact amount of the car he and his father had chosen."
email - "Just wanted to let you know the story about the boy and his dad sparked some discussion after church yesterday. When I read it during Sunday School I thought it was an OK example, but not an illustration I would have picked. (but then, I'm a girl.) Anyway, as we left church my jr hi son started telling his little brother about the story. He was moved by it, I could tell. (of course, it’s a vehicular story) Then he said, "I almost felt like I was gonna cry. I mean, he never talked to his dad again." This was a profound statement from my son. He does not talk about feelings/emotions unless prompted. We talked about the parallels, why would he do that, what kind of a car it might have been, was it worth it, etc. The story was a good spring board for thinking questions. Thanks!"