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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Pastor (11/30/06)

TITLE: Pastor John doesn't believe
By Betty Overstreet


How could my life have become so mixed up? All Iím trying to do is be faithful to follow the path You asked me to take. You said, ďWrite for meĒ and I said, ďAlright, just let me know what to write.Ē

I didnít ask to be in this position. Well, yeh, I guess I did in a way. I was praying and asking what You wanted me to do with my life and thatís when You spoke to me.

I canít believe what just happened. Pastor John just called and said he had something to discuss with me and , ď Pow!, right in the KisserĒ, as my mom used to say. Or was that someone in an old movie that used that expression. Well, any way, I sure felt like I had been slapped in the face or something. Persecuted may be a better description of what I felt. Persecuted for my belief in what I heard You say that day.

My gosh, John is a Pastor. The senior pastor of my church. How can He possibly think You donít talk to us? And to come here to my home and tell me I must not tell anyone that it happened. I think if You didnít want me to tell anyone, You would have told me to keep my mouth shut.

And then Pastor John had the nerve to say, ď We certainly want you to sing, you have a wonderful voice. You just have to promise me you wonít stand up in front of the congregation and say that God spoke to you. ď

Well Lord, I just told Him that Iím really sorry if He has never heard you talk but that I would not agree with him that it never happened. Now, Lord, I already committed to entertain at the Senior luncheon and it is too late to back out. It would put Mr. Brown in a terrible position if he couldnít find another singer to entertain that day.

Dear Lord, I need you to help me. Please put your words in my mouth when I walk up on to the stage at the luncheon or if you just want me to sing and not talk at all, just let me know what you want me to do. Dear Father, I know you will be right there on that stage with me so Iím just not going to worry about it. And Father, please take care of Pastor John and let him know you love him and perhaps you could just make him aware that You are capable of doing what ever you decide is necessary to touch our hearts and guide us down the pathway you have chosen for us.

In your sonís name, Amen

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Jan Ackerson 12/07/06
Yikes! You've got to wonder about a pastor who doesn't believe God speaks to us...but I'm sure that he won't make you doubt your gift: it's very evident.
Leigh MacKelvey12/11/06
Pastor John! Hmmm .. I think I might wonder too! I second Jan ..Listen to God! He led you to this site. Here, you will keep growing a writer. If He said it, He'll do it.

I enjoyed your article.
I liked the conversational tone of your prayer. There were minor sentence structure problems in the second paragraph you might want to correct. Thank you for sharing your prayer!
Leigh MacKelvey12/11/06
Oops! I meant as a writer!