There is a mousetrap in the house!
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning: There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is of grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house!” “There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”
The mouse turned to the cow and said: “There is a mousetrap in the house!” “There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse, I am very sorry for you but it is no skin off my nose.”
Alone that very night, a sound was heard throughout the house …
The sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer’s wife.
The farmer rushed her to the hospital.
When she returned home she still had a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
But alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well and died.
So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them attending the funeral luncheon.
So the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it does not concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to provide help when someone needs help. It is the right thing to do. God's Law of Right and Wrong tells us so.