A woman who had worked all her life for good causes was granted a strange wish: “Before I die, let me visit both hell and heaven”. God granted her wish, and she was whisked off to hell by an angel. To her surprise, she found it was a vast, sumptuous banqueting hall. As far as the eye could see, the tables were piled high with delicious food and drink. Around the tables sat people – but they were miserable and starving.
“Why are they like that?” she asked.
“Look at their spoons” the angel replied. She looked and saw the handles were so long that the people couldn’t use them to put food in their mouths. “This is hell!”, the woman said. “Take me away from here!”
So she was taken to heaven. To her amazement, she found herself in an identical, vast banqueting hall. Again, the tables were piled high with delicious food and drink. Again, people sat around the tables – but this time they were happy, joyful and well-nourished. She looked at the spoons and was surprised to see they were just the same as the ones in hell. “But, how can they eat?” she asked.
“In heaven”, the angel replied, “we feed each other”.
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by Jeremy Marchant . last updated 22 december 2014 . image: Freeimages