by J. Gerald Harris

Through The Eyes Of. . .Joseph
Gerald Harris
Matthew 1:18-25

If you were to make a list of the great loving couples of history, who would be on your list? Mark Anthony and Cleopatra? Romeo and Juliet? Napoleon and Josephine? Prince Ranier and Grace Kelly?

And what about Jack Benny and Mary Livingston? Many of you will remember them from their days in television. I actually did not know much about their married life until recently.

Jack Benny was rather shy when he was young. One day at work, he saw a young lady that greatly attracted his attention. He was too shy to speak to her so he went to the florist and ordered one red rose to be sent to her without any card enclosed and every day he repeated that order.

Well, after four days of receiving one red rose each day, the young lady went to the florist and asked who was sending them. The florist told her that it was some guy who worked where she did by the name of Jack Benny. ''Yea,'' she said. ''I think I know who he is.''

So she searched Jack out and asked him why he was sending her those roses. He told her that he wanted to ask her out and she accepted his invitation. And other dates followed that first one but still every day she continued to receive one red rose.

Then Jack and Mary got engaged. And Mary figured that the red roses would stop but still they came. Finally, they were married and even on the honeymoon she continued to receive one red rose each day. But, once the honeymoon was over, she figured that the roses would stop.

But month after month, then year after year, all through their married life every day without fail, she received a red rose. Finally, Jack Benny died, but the very next day, here came another red rose. Thinking that maybe the florist somehow hadn't heard, she called to tell him of Jack's death and that he could now stop sending the roses.

He answered, ''But you don't understand. Before he died, Jack made all the arrangements. You'll receive one red rose ...

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