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Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)
TITLE: Helpful D
By Patsy Hallum
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I decided I should go talk to Mr. King, the History teacher. As I waited to see him, I perused all the shelves in the outer office, reading titles, authors, etc., with part of my mind while the other part was wondering what Mr. King would say or do. He could refuse to promote me. That I thought would be enough to make me run away from home. I never would get off restriction!
I observed Mrs. Rock, the secretary as she went over the attendance rolls. I knew that I was pretty close to perfect in attendance for the last month. She glanced up at me, smiled, and laid her pencil down. “Why are you so nervous Grace? You have been in this office a lot of times. Settle down in a chair please.”
“Mrs Rock, I made a D in history. I will be doing extra chores and grounded for a long time. That’s why I'm upset.” I turned to look at her to see what her expression was. She was still smiling.
“It is not the end of the world is it?” she asked. Mrs. Rock always used correct English. Before I could answer her, Mr. King called “Come in, Grace.” I wasn't afraid of Mr. King like a lot of the kids were. I had always found him to be fair and helpful. He was also the Superintendent.
“Now,” He said as he set down behind his desk. “You're here because of your grade in History, Right?”
“Yes, How'd you know?” I asked.
“I know you care, because your parents care.” He said.
“I don't understand. I know all about the story of History.” I started
“That's what's wrong,” Mr King interrupted, He leaned forward, looking me in the eye. “You know the story. You can tell it, even what page it's on. But, You love it too well,You get so interested in the story, you don't remember the dates and names. The rest of the kids just memorize the names dates and titles.. Well, the test answers are dates, names and titles. You are going to have to start memorizing them to pass the tests. Write them down like spelling words and memorize them. Your Father will help you.”
I awoke with a jerk, hitting my elbow on the end table beside the bed. “Ouch!” I hollered as I rubbed my elbow. Why would I dream of school days on the night before my Missions Trip. I was using my 2 weeks Christmas vacation from work to go into the Appalachian Mountains to feed people , teach them about Jesus and take a present for each child; something I had done for the last 5 years and really enjoyed it. There were about 25 members of my Church that went every year. I was too far from all my family to have Christmas with them. After breakfast, as I finished packing, my mind went back to the dream.
Why that dream Lord? Am I supposed to get a message from the story? What! I could hear the Holy Spirit saying..”You know the Bible, but the folks you are teaching might not. Be sure and make a list of the book, chapter and verse you are using, so folks can study them later.”
Yes, I have not been doing that. Yes, I will Make a list of Bible dates and books, Well, not dates so much but chapter and verse are important, not just the story. Thank you for the help Father! Hey, Mr. King said your Father will help you. I thought he meant my Dad, but he didn't did he?
I had the best Christmas of my life; not because I got a lot of presents, but because I won 5 souls to Christ during that 2 weeks. That is the best Christmas present anyone could ever hope for. THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER FOR YOUR GUIDENCE.
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