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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)
TITLE: A Child's Faith
By Arlene Showalter
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Parson Edwards looked over the heads of his worry-warn parish to the sun-blistered fields surrounding their quaint country church. Not even the tiniest breeze offered relief through windows thrown open in futile hope. Only the gentle nickering of horses broke the oppressive silence.
Are they praying for rain too? he wondered to himself. "My dear people, I can say nothing to ease your troubles. We all know God promises to meet our every need; yet the reality of stunted crops surrounds us with no relief in sight. I propose we meet at Mr. O'Malley's farm today to collectively pray for rain. I have no other ideas."
At the appointed time, Parson Edwards rode into Mr. O'Malley's farmyard, noting many families had already arrived. Flicking Betsy's reins over an empty post, he joined his friends gathering at the edge of the field. With one accord they moved into the cornfield, stepping gingerly over the broken, famished stalks. Subdued words pointed out the obvious as the company progressed.
"Let's stop now to pray." Parson Edwards' voice halted their progress. Gathering in a circle, people began beseeching God to relieve their plight. Some opened Bibles, reading various promises. Parson Edwards kept his eyes downcast, mutely crying to God on behalf of the hapless farmers. The cloudless blue sky seemed to mock their efforts.
Suddenly a slight rustle shattered the oppressive atmosphere. Stifled gasps rippled through the crowd followed by quiet murmurings that increased until applause broke out. A six-year-old girl stood resolutely in their midst, opened umbrella lifted for certain rain.
…a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)
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