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“You’re listening to radio station W-A-L-K., that was ‘Praise You In This Storm’ by Casting Crowns. It sure was a scorcher yesterday, but these midnight thundershowers should make temperatures more tolerable this afternoon. Be back with the details in a minute. This is Sammy Lujack, keep it tuned right here, where we help you strengthen your walk with Jesus, W-A-L-K.”

John Duffinski removed his headphones and took a drink of iced tea while the public service announcements aired.

Strengthening your walk, right. Nobody listens this time of night. This midnight shift is crippling me. When I’m awake, everyone’s sleeping. When they’re awake, I‘m trying to sleep. I have no friends… five hundred miles from home… hmmm, where is that weather forecast. Okay, ten seconds.

“Time now for the weather. Looks like when this storm passes, cooler temperatures will be following, with highs today only in the 80‘s and a slight chance of a stray shower. Praise God for that. Now here’s a song from Anonimix, ‘Keep On Walking‘, just for you, on W-A-L-K.”

Somewhere from here to heaven,
Just the other day,
I must have been distracted,
I must have lost my way.
Now the sky is cloudy,
And the road is full of stones,
Won't you walk beside me?
Won't you help these tired bones
Keep on walking?

The twenty-four-year-old stood up and stretched.

It’s going to be a long night.

Looking out of the sound proof studio window, John could only see the lightning flashing. He was insulated from the sheets of rain and roars of thunder.

Glad I’m not out in that mess.

A phone line lit up as he sat down.

“W-A-L-K, Sammy speaking.”

“Duffy, is that you?”

“Duffy? Nobody’s called me that since college.

“Yes, that’s me. Who is this.”

I kind of recognize her voice, but it’s weak and a little distant.

“I thought it was you. Been listening on the radio. This is Sally from U.W.”

“Sally, wow. What are you doing down here? How are you? Those blue eyes still smiling?

“I’m trying to smile. I’m over at Sacred Heart. I was down on business and got in a car accident in Pensacola about three weeks ago.”

Somewhere from here to heaven,
There is a distant light,
Out there on the horizon,
Shining through the night.
Back here on the roadside
I don't know where to start,
Won't you walk beside me?
Won't you help this weary heart
Keep on walking?

“Are you alright? Is there anything I can do?

“Well, you’ve been doing it. One of my nurses put this station on the radio for me to listen to at night. In fact, one of the nicer ones, Edy, dialed the phone for me so I could find out if ‘Sammy Lujack’ was indeed the Duffy I went to school with.”

“You must be hurt pretty bad then?”

“Well, I’m hoping it gets better. My back was seriously injured. There’s surgery scheduled for later this morning. If all goes well, Doc says I could walk again.”

Somewhere from here to heaven,
With the future before me,
And the past back there.
I'm picking up the pieces,
But I can't seem to make them whole,
Won't you walk beside me?
Won't you help this troubled soul
Keep on walking?

“Sally, I’ll be praying for you. I’ll even come up and visit.”

“That would be sweet Duffy. I have to go now. My nurse says it’s time for a little more rest before pre-op. I just wanted to tell you what a blessing you’ve been to me these past weeks. I think I’m finally getting a few things right with Jesus. Even if I don’t walk again, I know my walk with Him will be better now. Thanks Duffy. See you later.”

How am I supposed to talk and cry at the same time? Oh my, the song is almost over.

“W-A-L-K, that was Anonimix and ‘Keep On Walking‘. I want to put out a quick prayer request. A friend of mine is having some delicate back surgery later this morning. Both of us would appreciate your intersession. Now here is Chris Tomlin, recorded live, with ‘How Great Is Our God‘, and that He is. You’re listening to W-A-L-K.”

“Sally, you still there?”

John was hanging up the receiver when he saw all ten studio phone lines light up like fireworks.

Praise God! There are people out there.

“Hello, W-A-L-K.”

* Song lyrics by Tony Lawson - Anonimix Music (SIAE - 2004)

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Sharlyn Guthrie 19 Sep 2006
I always enjoy the incorporation of lyrics into a story line, so hats off to you. This was a neat example of how we aren't always aware of the impact we are having on others. Faithfulness in what we are called to do is so important. Glad I got a chance to read this.
Valora Otis 18 Sep 2006
Dear, dear Sir William...I know how it feels to be the woman in the hospital bed reaching out to others for prayer. This entire peace speaks to my heart. Thank you! So neat to see Edy in your story!
Valora Otis 18 Sep 2006
Dear, dear Sir William...I know how it feels to be the woman in the hospital bed reaching out to others for prayer. This entire peace speaks to my heart. Thank you! So neat to see Edy in your story!
Sue Dent 16 Sep 2006
What can I say? My dad was a radio personality until he died of a massive heart attack. My older brother was one until he went on the road singing and preaching with his family. My younger brother worked that mid-night shift for quite a while at our now defunct Christian Radio Station, The Gospel Colonol. I've heard so many stories like this from them. I'm gonna go listen to my Dad's old airchecks now. It's wonderful how I still have that to listen to. Thanks for reminding me what a blessing my family is.
darlene hight 15 Sep 2006
Excellent! I loved the way you weaved the lyrics into the story. Very powerful reminder that God is working even when we don't see it.
Rita Garcia 15 Sep 2006
Masterpiece with the touch of the Master's hand! Touching, heartwarming and heartfelt! You touch every emotion and left me feeling blessed that He does indeed walk with me.
Joanne Sher  15 Sep 2006
This is so compelling! I just loved how you wove the song through this, and how you got us so masterfully into his head. Love the interior monologue and the dialogue too - and the end was just wonderful! Wish I could make a suggestion, but I don't have any!! Can't think of a thing I'd change.
Brenda Craig 15 Sep 2006
Well, I can see why it is in the magazine. You have done it again. What a creative idea. I loved it, absolutely loved it. Your writing is amazing. Blessings Brenda:)
Amy Michelle Wiley  15 Sep 2006
Way cool story! Well written with a great message. Good job.
Edy T Johnson  15 Sep 2006
Well, SirWilliam, I'm glad I'm tracking you, so I didn't miss this :) It's fun to find one's self in somebody else's story--a night nurse, even! (Thanks you, friend!) This is just such a creative story angle--which, of course, we've come to expect from you. As I said, many moons ago, I see your writing playing out on television, and I have to wonder how the Lord will open doors for your God-given talent to play out for a world-wide audience. In the meantime, thanks be to God that WE GOT YOU FIRST here at faithwriters! God bless you!
Helen Murray 15 Sep 2006
What a privilege it is to read such an article. Thank you.


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