There once was a very wealthy man who was near death. He was very upset because he had worked so hard for his riches that he wanted to be able to take them with him... to Heaven.
So he began to pray.
God heard his
plea and spoke to him. "Sorry My Son, but you can't take your wealth
"Please God, I have worked so long, and so hard, for so many years. I
have lost my wife, my kids, my dog, my health, and my happiness because
of it... It is all I have left."
God understood and said. "If it means that much to you, I will allow you
Overjoyed, the man gathered his largest suitcase and filled it to the
brim with pure gold bars. He then placed it beside his bed and died in
Soon afterward the man showed up at the Pearly Gates of Heaven and was
greeted by St.Peter.
St. Peter was happy to see the man but was puzzled by the suitcase.
The Man said, "I realize this is not your normal policy but I was given
the authority by God that I may bring one suitcase with me."
"I see." said St. Peter. "Let us open it then."
St. Peter opened the suitcase, curious to see what worldly goods the man
found too precious to leave behind and exclaimed,"YOU BROUGHT