Sep 5, 2008

All Things that Inspire


I have always heard about how good these Chicken Soup for the Soul stories were though I never took the time to actually sit down and read them. I am now obsessed! My goal is to read all of them! I want a library just of Chicken Soup for the Soul books! Every story in this book just inspired me so much! Just about every night, Matt and I would sit on the couch and I would read story after story. At times, I would get chocked up and through tears streaming down my face, finish the story. At other times, Matt and I would laugh and laugh. Oh how wonderful these stories are!! I have been thinking about starting up an "Inspiration Blog" where I post stories and quotes that just inspire and uplift! I'm thinking it over.. The following is a story that just touched my heart, when I read it, from the above Chicken Soup. It is titled True Love.

Moses Mendelssohn, the grandfather of the well-known German composer, was far from being handsome. Along with a rather short stature, he had a grotesque hunchback.

One day he visited a merchant in Hamburg who had a lovely daughter named Frumtje. Moses fell hopelessly in love with her. But Frumtje was repulsed by his misshapen appearance.

When it came time for him to leave, Moses gathered his courage and climbed the stairs to her room to make one last opportunity to speak with her. She was a vision of heavenly beauty, but caused him deep sadness by her refusal to look at him. After several attempts at conversation, Moses shyly asked, "Do you believe marriages are made in heaven?"

"Yes," she answered, still looking at the floor. "And do you?"

"Yes I do," he replied. "You see, in heaven at the birth of each boy, the Lord announces which girl he will marry. When I was born, my future bride was pointed out to me. Then the Lord added, 'But your wife will be humpbacked.'

"Right then and there I called out, 'Oh Lord, a humpbacked woman would be a tragedy! Please, Lord, give me the hump and let her be beautiful.'"

Then Frumtje looked up into his eyes and was stirred by some deep memory. She reached out and gave Mendelssohn her hand and later became his devoted wife.

That in a nutshell is true love!!

6 comments:

Petersen's said...

that story gave me the chills... how romantic!

Alec and Tiffany said...

So sweet and romantic, definitely true love!

When are you guys moving back to Vegas? To answer your questions about the marathon...it was a total of 13.1 miles. We ran the first 5-6 miles straight without stopping, then we slowed down for a couple and picked it back up. It was so fun, i think you would totally enjoy one. If you want, you should run the next one with us.

Melissa & Chris Wood said...

oh hello!!! how are you. are you living in texas or was that just a summer thing. I am glad you said hello and I hope everything is great with you guys!

Jayci said...

that is so cute. :) I am smiling so big right now at the little happiness in that story! i love the chicken soup books, but it has been YEARS since I've read one. Way inspirational.

Preston & Shawnee said...

So sweet, I have a little lump in my throat and was touched by this too :) Tanya I miss you! When you guys come to Utah you need to come visit in Logan okay?! How is extended season going? I bet the girls aren't as cool as us??? Ha. We should talk sometime.... :)

Mari Kjar said...

We do miss you!!! I remember you telling me that story. It's so good. How's the house hunting going? Let us know when you're heading back!!! And bask in the Falls for a second for us. Hope everything is great!!!!