"The Country that Had No Onions" - An Inspirational Story for Sunday, September 8th

"The Country that Had No Onions" - An Inspirational Story for Sunday, September 8th


Once upon a time there lived a young man who was looking for a more prosperous life. While he was exploring what business might best support his family, he met a very well-traveled man. The man told the young man great tales of his travel and then talked about a country that had no onions.

“No onions!” exclaimed the young man. In all his life, he had never heard of such a thing. “How can anyone enjoy the true pleasure of food without onions?”

Without any further thought, he bought onions, filled his cart and set out on his journey towards this whimsical land of no onions. After several days he arrived in the onionless country. He made his way to the palace where the guards were fascinated enough by the weird cargo that they allowed him to meet the king.

“I bring you a great gift from my country,” the young man proudly announced. “The plant is native to my country but new to yours. It has the unique ability to enhance the flavor of any food. It would be great if I could offer you this magnificent plant which you in turn could introduce to your people.”

The emperor was a little cautious toward the weird plant at first but he later allowed the young man to prepare some delicacies using the onions.

The young man used all his culinary skills to prepare the feast using the onions. All the empire’s ministers, the nobility, and senior officials were invited to the dinner that night. After the young man did the initial tasting, the feast commenced. Everyone in the room started eating the food.

It didn’t take long for the hall to lapse into a great noisy fit of excitement. The smell and the taste of the food was praised by all.

The king thanked the young man profusely and demanded the entire batch of onions and paid him its weight in gold.

On his journey back home the young man met a trader. He shared his magnificent story about the country. For hours that night the young man recounted the splendor and magnificence he had seen in that far-away land where gold was worth less than onions. He also told the trader that he had learned that the country did not have garlic. The trader was excited to learn this and thought he could replicate the success of the young man by introducing garlic to the country. “Garlic is infinitely more tasty and aromatic! If they were giving gold for onions there, he could expect diamonds for garlic,” he thought.

The enterprising trader carried huge bags of garlic on his journey to the country without garlic with the riches he was sure to receive jingling merrily in his mind. Since the land was recently overjoyed by the introduction of the onions, they were more open to the idea of trying his garlic. The royal guards took the man with the new herbs to the king.

The king asked him to prepare a feast using the garlic. The trader was very excited and made several tasty dishes using garlic. As he had expected the garlic received even more praise than the onions. The Emperor discussed with his ministers for a long time about the reward for their noble guest who introduced them to garlic. After some discussion, they all agreed that gold was not enough for such a delicious food. So they decided to reward him with the most precious thing they had to offer. What can be more precious than gold? Onions!

That night the trader returned home with bags full of onions.

.... Do not fix your hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. ....Do good .... be rich in good works .... be generous and ready to share, store up for yourselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that you may take hold of that which is life indeed. 1 Peter 6:17-19 (customized rendering)

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