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THE LOST LADLE


Helen was a wonderful Christian woman, She was a single mother raising her only son Tom as best she could to love God. But Helen was very worried when Tom told her he was moving to the Big city.


A year went by and all seemed well, when Tom called his mother one day and told her his friend Sarah was moving in with him. Tom told his mom not to worry--they would just be roommates, and it was strictly platonic. Helen knew if she could spend just a little time with them together, she would know just how platonic it was. She soon got her chance as she was invited over for dinner.


All went well until about two weeks later. Sarah came to Tom and said, "Tom, I'm not saying she took it, and I'm not saying she didn't. The fact of the matter is, my silver gravy ladle has been missing every since your mother left" So Tom called his mother and left this message on her machine. "Mom, I'm not saying you took it, and I'm not saying you didn't, but the fact of the matter is, every since you left two weeks ago, Sarah's silver ladle has been missing." The next day Tom's mother called and told Tom, "Tom, I'm not saying you're sleeping with Sarah, and I'm not saying you're not. The fact of the matter is, if she were sleeping in her own bed she would have found that gravy ladle."


(From Joesph Nordyke's Sermon "Come Out and Be New")

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