While working on a sermon the pastor heard a knock at his office door.
“Come in,” he invited. A sad-looking man in threadbare clothes came in,
pulling a large pig on a rope. “Can I talk to you for a minute?” asked the man
with his hat in his hand.
Wordlessly, the pastor indicated the chair and the man sat down in it gingerly.
The pig proceeded to sniff around the office. With one eye on the animal and one on the
man, the pastor folded his hands on his desk and leaned forward, curious to hear the
fellow’s story. “What can I do for you?”
“My family is hungry,” started the man. “So I stole this pig. But I feel
that I have sinned. Would you please take it?”
“Certainly not,” said the minister. “Then what should I do with
it?” asked the man. “Give it back to the man you stole it from, of course!”
the pastor explained.
“I offered it to him, but he refused to take it. Now what should I do?”
“In that case,” the minister said, “It would be all right for you to
keep it and feed your family.”
“Thank you for your help, sir.” With a lighter step, he walked out of the
office, leading the pig on the rope behind him.
Later that afternoon the minister returned home to discover that somebody had stolen
his prize pig!