Should I reply?

by wheelwithinwheel 31 Replies latest jw friends

  • wheelwithinwheel

    I received this e-m from a well-meaning JW friend who hasn't cut me off and seems to still have hope I will return. Should I reply? Any ideas on what I should say?

    Jehovah will never let go of us. It's up to us not to let go of Jehovah. Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida a
    little boy decided
    to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his
    house. In a hurry to
    dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door,
    leaving behind shoes,
    socks, and shirt as he went.

    He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam
    toward the middle of
    the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His
    mother in the
    house was looking out the window saw the two as they got
    closer and closer
    together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling
    to her son as
    loudly as she could.

    Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-
    turn to swim
    to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her,
    the alligator
    reached him.

    From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms
    just as the
    alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war
    between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother,
    but the mother
    was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to
    drive by, heard her
    screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

    Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little
    boy survived.
    His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of
    the animal. On his
    arms, were deep scratches where his mother's fingernails dug
    into his flesh
    in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.

    The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma,
    asked if
    he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And
    then, with
    obvious pride, he said to the reporter, 'But look at my arms.I
    have great
    scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Mom wouldn't let go.'

    You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars,
    too. No, not
    from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of
    those scars are
    unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But, some
    wounds, my friend, are
    because Jehovah has refused to let go. Inthe midst of your
    struggle, He's
    been there holding on to you. He wants to protect you and
    provide for you
    in every way. But sometimes we foolishly wade into
    dangerous situations,
    not knowing what lies ahead. The swimming hole of life is
    filled with peril
    - and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack.

    That's when the
    tug-of-war begins- and if you have the scars of His love
    on your arms be
    very, very grateful. He did not and will not ever let you go.

    Please pass this on to those you love. You just never know where
    a person
    is in his/her life and what they are going through. Never
    judge another
    persons scars, because you don't know how they got them.

    Right now, someone needs to know that Jehovah loves them,
    and you love them
    too ~~~~~ enough to not let them go.

    You give but little when you give of your possessions.

    It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

  • undercover

    It's a cut and paste plagerism. It's contrived and ridiculous. I get similar emails from fundie type co-workers. I hit 'delete' and never respond. Anyone stupid enough to think that this worth forwarding isn't worth the time to reply to.

  • snowbird

    I would reply and thank my well-meaning friend, but give assurance that all is well with me.


  • Yan Bibiyan
    Yan Bibiyan

    I'd say that it sound really intriguing and then ask for the newsreporter's name and when and where the story was published so you can learn more....Watch them give you the deer-in-headlights look...

    Just another urban legend/fairy tale JWs pass around as gospel.


  • sir82
  • Olin Moyles Ghost
    Olin Moyles Ghost

    Perhaps tell him thanks for forwarding a chain mail from Christendom (

  • nelly136

    its not a personal email to you its just one of those insidious emails that propagates across the net while everyone spams FW: FW: 'insert stupid inspirational tale'

    before you know it youre on the email list getting blasted with forwards from their friends too.

    there is a cure its called the 'spam' button.

  • Mad Sweeney
    Mad Sweeney

    My response would be this:

    "Thank you for your email.

    I am happy to say that I currently carry no wounds, and any scars I may have had are faded and beyond my notice. I am being pulled neither up nor down by anyone or anything but rather I am floating along The Way of my life more contented and happy than I have ever been. If you feel scarred or wounded please don't hesitate to give me a call. I am here to help.

    Wishing you joy and peace,

    Mad Sweeney"

    Dubs are programmed to think everyone outside the Borg are hurting and suffering immeasurably because those INside the Borg are and they're supposedly the happiest people on earth. They have to think, "if I'm feeling THIS crappy, that 'worldly' or DFd dude must be downright MISERABLE." Countering that with the joy that comes from our freedom creates cognitive dissonance, which is important in getting them to start thinking.

  • upnorth

    The only scars I have are from being born into a cult. I would trade the scars with the scars caused be an alligator everyday of the week.

  • Mary

    Here's a couple of suggestions:

    1. Create a fake email message back to her that says "Message was undeliverable" and hope she just goes away.
    2. Replace the word "alligator" with "Jehovah's Witnesses" and "Mother" with "Jesus" and see how well that goes over.
    3. Email her the links that show how it was a cut-and-paste from Babylon the Great.

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