A very wealthy man is distressed that he can’t take his wealth to Heaven. So, in his retirement, he spends many years praying to God – beseeching God to make an exception and allow him to take his wealth with him when he dies.
Finally, God responds to the man’s fervent prayers and says. “OK, in your case, I will make an exception – you can bring one bag of wealth with you.”
The man is jubilant and, when he dies, he has a bag full of gold bars placed in his coffin.
When he arrives at the Pearly Gates, he has a bag of gold bars by his side.
St Peter stops him and says “Sorry, but you can’t bring anything from earth into Heaven.”
The man replies. “It’s OK; I’ve got a special exception”. St Peter goes and makes a few phone calls, and comes back to say. “OK, I can see you have an exception, but I still need to check all your hand-luggage.”
St Peter looks in the man’s bag, and says “very good, but why did you bring pavement with you?”
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