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Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)
TITLE: Wayward Tongue
By Patsy Hallum
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“No o o o!” Ms. Walters gasped, astonished. “You don't mean it. How could he do that? He preaches against it.”
“Well, Ms. Tripe saw him at Stones with a red head. They shared dinner in a very intimate way.” Mrs. Bildge clucked her tongue and shook her head. “That's all the evidence I need.”
“Oh, my. I had better tell Deacon Plew what happened. He's sure to start steps to find another Pastor. It'll take awhile to find one, what will we do in the meantime? I won't feel right under Rev. Post's teaching or preaching ever again.” Ms. Walters said as she gathered her stuff to leave Church. “I think I'll get Ms. Tripe to go with me so Deacon Plew will get the whole story. See ya later.”
As she left, Mrs. Bildge picked up the phone. I must call Bertha,she thought, she'll want to know and so will Jean and Sue. I better tell everyone I know at church and have them tell ones I don't know. It's not right for a Pastor to sin, they should be perfect.
“Bertha, Viola here. Do you have a minute? I have some urgent news.”
“Hi, yes, I have a minute, shoot.”
“Rev. Post cheated on his wife!” Mrs. Bildge blurted it right out.
“Now Vi,” Bertha cautioned. “Surely you don't mean that.”
“Yes, I do. Ms. Tripe saw him at Stones with a red head. He was all over the woman. Setting close, holding her hand … terrible stuff for a man of God.”
“Why, I can't believe that Rev. Post would do that. He's crazy about his wife.”
“What rhyme or reason do men and feelings stick to?” Mrs. Bildge scoffed. “Men live by their feelings, they have no self-control. None of them.”
“Now Vi, just because you had a bad experience, don't paint the entire species as bad. My husband never cheated on me.”
“That you found out.” Vi humphed. “You never know about these things unless you catch them with their 'hand in the cookie jar' so to speak. I heard rumors a couple of times about your husband.”
“Rumors, just rumors.” Bertha retorted. “He was totally devoted to me and our marriage.”
“Well, I truly hope so. There aren't many men that are totally devoted to anything. Well, I must go and call Jean. I know she will be interested. Have a nice day and pass the word about pastor if you talk to any one else. Ta Ta” She broke the connection then dialed Jean.
“Hi, Jean, Vi here. How are you?” She decided not to blurt out the news so bluntly this time.
“Fine. What's on your mind today?”
Vi could hear noises which told her that Jean was washing clothes. “Jean, I've important news to tell, please stop and listen.”
Jean's ears went on alert. She closed the washer then flopped onto the couch. “Okay, I'm down.Whats up?”
“I heard from Ms. Tripe this morning. She saw Rev. Post at Stones with a woman. They were holding hands and sitting real close. I think he is cheating on his wife!”
“Vi, I hope you haven't told this to anyone else.”
“Yes, I have. I told Ms. Walters, she's telling Deacon Plew and I told Bertha.”
“Did anyone take the time to find out who the woman was?” Jean asked. “Did you ask Rev. Post first? Did you call the parsonage and ask Sister Post? No, you just repeated stories. Untrue stories. Rev. Post was having dinner with his sister! He hadn't seen her in five years. Sister Post couldn't join them because of the Discipleship Class. Please call everyone you told and Ms. Tripe. Tell them the truth of it, NOW. Stop this slander before it goes any further. Please.”
“B … B … but, Ms Tripe saw ...” An 'I mean it' sounding grunt from Jean squelched Vi's diatribe.
“She didn't know what was going on any more than you do. Unsubstantiated stories.”
“Okay, I'll apologize to Pastor and ask him to put spiritual tape on my mouth so I won't spread gossip.”
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