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Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)
TITLE: Extreme Make-over
By Maryolyn Payne
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“This is it, Hon. We are really here. It was a long hard trip, but we will be in our new home by tomorrow evening.”
“Oh, Bob, this is going to be so wonderful. The children will love their new home. Thank goodness it is spring break, starting tomorrow. That should give us plenty of time to settle in.”
“It will give me a little time to go down and look the bank over.”
“Have I told you that I am so-o-o proud of you? CEO for First National of Ashton. You’re the man!”
“Guess it has been about an hour. It is all sort of like a dream, huh?” he grinned.
“Please don’t tell me to wake up and find this isn’t real. Our old life was a struggle any way you look at it. Living here will be like living in a fantasy world in comparison. ”
“Oh, it’s real alright. You know, I have been thinking of the best way to get acquainted. I will meet many new people at the bank, but the kids won’t. You have such an outgoing personality I know you won’t have any problems.”
Have you come up with any solutions?”
“I have read the best ways to meet people is to attend church. We could shop around and visit all the churches. There are lots to choose from; Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Lutheran, Assembly of God, and others. What do you think, Andea?”
“I never thought about it since we have never attended church anywhere.”
“Well, we have plenty of time to decide. It will take some time to get the house in order. Let’s wait and see.”
The day was perfect; sunny, crisp, yet pleasant in temperature. Fragrance of Wisteria filled the air. Greenery was already clothing the trees and bushes. Little colorful wildflowers dotted the grass.
“Yes, this indeed is an extreme makeover for us. Quite a change from the drab high-rise, in New York, hmm-m-m Andea?”
“I’m dreaming …?”
“Nope. Here is your new home.”
“Correction. OUR home! Dad and the kids should be here soon. We will have a few minutes to look around.”
Three days later the main unpacking was done. “Whew, let’s grill and sit on the patio. Are you satisfied with our house, now that you have had a real taste of it?” Bob inquired.
“Couldn’t love it anymore. I’m thankful the kids have enough space to ride bikes, skateboard, and play with the dogs.”
“Yea, they seem to love it so far, but they haven’t met anyone.”
“Bob, I was thinking about what you said about shopping for a church. Tomorrow is Sunday; maybe we should go and get acquainted with new people. Let’s try to start with a church that has good activities for the kids. It looks as though Christ’s Church might be the largest. It might work for our purpose.”
“Sure, we will do just that.”
“How did you kids enjoy the church? Meet any new friends?” Bob asked.
“They were all buds with each other. No room for new comers.”
“Yea,” remarked Bonnie.
“Well, we will try another one next Sunday,” Andrea tried to reassure them.
They following Sunday they visited the next to largest church. Lots of children were chasing each other before services. It appeared to be the perfect place, but looks are deceiving sometimes. All four sat in silence on their way home.
Just as the family was about to give up on the idea of the church, they tried a smaller church, right in their neighborhood. They were skeptical to enter, but sat down on the back seat. The Pastor immediately came and introduced his wife and self. After a friendly chat, another gentleman and his wife strolled up. When Bob looked up he was startled he knew him from the bank. Standing to his feet he replied, “Mr. Bronson, I didn’t realize you go to church here. Let me introduce my better half to you, Andea.”
After that Mr. Bronson felt free to speak of the activities of church and carefully weave a net of love over the entire family. Slowly, the new family fit right into the services. Before long, they came to understand that the reason for church was not to socialize. Each of the four had an extreme make-over in their commitment to God. Their shopping paid off with a fantastic saving that would last forever.
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