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Ann Landers had an interesting letter in one of her columns. She wrote about a man who earned a very good living, but refused to spend the money on anything. When he was dying, he said to his wife, "I want you to promise me one thing. Promise me that when I’m dead you’ll take my money and put it in my casket so that I can take it all with me."

Amazingly, the wife agreed to do as she was asked.

After her husband died, her friend saw her put something into the casket and asked what she put in there. She told her friend, her husbands request, and how she agreed to it. Her friend was aghast, she couldn’t believe this woman would do this. The friend asked how she would live, and she replied, ’well, I promised him, and a promise is a promise. But, I should be able to live comfortably, unless he finds a way to cash a check in heaven.

Remember, we came into the world with nothing, and we will leave the world void of all of our possessions.

Source: From a sermon by Michael Deutsch, "Radical Living" 2/16/2009.

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