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Dear Diary, I can’t believe I received an invitation to dinner at my sister’s house. She has been antisocial ever since she found Jesus. I don’t get it. I have been a Christian for many years and she wouldn’t listen to anything I had to say. When she professed Christianity two years ago, I thought we would share our love for Jesus. However, she turned away from the family, starting an argument at every event. She does not attend church. She says she doesn’t need the structure. When I try to have a conversation with her about Jesus, she’s too busy to talk. I don’t believe this is a true conversion, so I continue to pray for her.
I am supposed to bring a dessert Saturday, and I know how much she loves my one-pan chocolate cake, so I will make that. I thought about making up some excuses to keep from going, but God is telling me to go. I shall be obedient.
Dear Diary, All the preparation of buying the special cake ingredients and going to my sister’s house was worth it.
As I was driving, I talked with God about what to say. He told me to speak when He prompted me.
The whole family was aghast at Bonnie’s appearance. Formerly the fashion queen, she was dressed in old tattered clothes. Worse yet, she had lost weight needlessly. The food was awful. The meat was dry and the vegetables tasted old. There was no seasoning on anything. This wasn’t our Bonnie.
The coffee was so weak we could see through it. The rest of the family couldn’t wait to leave; they didn’t even stay for my cake. God prompted me to stay, but I did not want to be there. After the family left, I simply asked what happened.
Bonnie was defiant at first, stating that God wants her to live in abject poverty, eating “locusts and honey.” She said that is what is taught at the church she has been attending for the last twelve months. I asked her about salvation and she stared at me, blankly.
“Salvation? They never talk about that, only that we are supposed to give them all our money and live in poverty. That’s because we are all sinners and have no right to enjoy life.”
“Bonnie, that’s not what God wants for us. He wants us to live for Jesus. Sometimes that means giving up things we want, but when we focus on Him, our lives are filled with joy. He doesn’t expect us to live in poverty and He surely doesn’t expect us to give all our money to the church. They are teaching you false doctrine and taking advantage of you.”
It was quiet for a while. Finally Bonnie asked, “Do you think God will still want me, even though I am a sinner?”
I touched her hand. “Yes, Jesus came here for the sinners and the weak. He came to make all things new and bring us to understand His mercy upon us. He is giving us the gift of salvation and eternal life. He loves each of us and wants none to perish.” I paused for a moment. “Will you please come to church with me tomorrow and hear the true word of God?”
Bonnie paced the room for a few minutes. “I’ve been deceived,” she said abruptly. “I will resist that church down the road and come to yours. I want to hear the truth and learn about Jesus. What time will you pick me up? I have to shower. Do you have a dress I can borrow? I only have these old rags.”
“Of course,” I replied. I had an abundance of clothes and decided to give her some.
Bonnie finally noticed the chocolate cake. She grabbed two forks and we began eating. I watched as Bonnie ate most of the cake, her face filled with joy and longing. I thanked God and asked that He help her long for Him in that same way. I felt a great sense of peace for I knew that God heard my prayer, but most importantly, he heard Bonnie’s desperate cry for Him.
As we said our good-byes, I knew it was a new way of saying hello. I can’t wait until morning to pick up Bonnie and have her meet Jesus at the altar. Praise God for His mercy and kindness.
2006 © Virginia L
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I love this piece. I myself have been to churches that taught false doctrine. I love the way you brought the cake into talking to your sister about the true doctrine. Excellent Job! Thank you for your comments on my piece, A Precious Jewel
z..z..z.. Just kidding! No nap time worries with this one! ;) I like that you used my theme and topic words to write a piece with such a good message, so many people get wrapped up in bad religion. Good job. I think I found most of the topic words in there too! hehehe
Very nice story.
Love it. A great recipe for love. Was it true?