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Illustration: Both Glad and Sad.

We were told of an old legend about three men crossing a desert on horseback at night. Approaching a dried-up pond bed, they heard a voice commanding them to stop and dismount, pick up some pebbles, put them in their pockets, and not look at them until the morning.

The men were also promised that if they obeyed they would be both glad and sad. They obeyed, mounted their horses and went on their way.

As the light of dawn breaks, the men reached into their pockets to pull out the pebbles. To their great surprise, they had been transformed into diamonds, rubies, and other precious gems. It was then that they realized the significance of the promise that they would be both glad and sad. They were happy that they had picked up as many pebbles as they did, but sorry-so sorry- that they had not collected more. - From Our Daily Bread (ODB) of 19th Jan. 19991.

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