Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Rich Bootlegger And The Needle.

 The Rich Bootlegger and the Needle is a story about the conversion of a man who found God when he was put in prison, there is an ironic turn of words at the end that makes the story stick.

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In the early days of the twentieth century in the United States, there were laws banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Mr. Conway was already a wealthy man but he took up the business of bootlegging, he sold liquor through false businesses. He was trying to increase his wealth and was succeeding in building a small empire of manufacture and distribution of liquor to illegal nightclubs and bars.

Of course, he was caught by the police and was arrested. He was put on trial and found guilty of breaking the law. He ended up in a prison where the prisoners worked at hard labor long hours every day.

One day an old and true friend came to the prison to visit him so he may encourage him. The friend was allowed inside the prison walls and was told he would find Mr. Conway in the work yard. The friend found him sitting in the hot sun on a wooden bench at a rough work table. Mr. Conway was working with a big needle and ball of hemp twine, with dry cracked fingers he pushed the needle through heavy burlap cloth and drew the course twine through to sew burlap bags.

"Well, I see you are sewing," the friend remarked.

Looking up Mr. Conway replied, "No, I am reaping."

He was right for he was reaping what he had sown.

The Bible says, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." Galatians 6:7.

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