a great story

Not sure where this originated. I first heard it in a sermon. Then, saw it in a post. Now I use it in ministry.

As Proverbs 17.22 says: “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” So, here’s a dose for you:

An elderly man lived alone.

He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, since the ground was hard.

His only son Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison.

The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vinny,

I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year.

I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot.

I know if you were here my troubles would be over.

I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.

Love, Pops

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Pop,

Don’t dig up that garden.

That’s where the bodies are buried.



At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies.

They apologized to the old man and left.

That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Pop,

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now.

That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love you,


What are you doing under the circumstances you find yourself in?

How can you improve your situation?

How can you make life easier for another?

What can you do for another even when it looks like there is nothing you can do?

Be a Vincent and use creativity and ingenuity to keep life alive and interesting for those closest to you.

Have fun!

Make fun!

Be fun!


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