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Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)
TITLE: The Deacon and the Casserole
By Angela Posey-Arnold
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Being an active participant in out reach to church shut ins usually brings joy. It makes people feel better when the church members care enough to bake a casserole and bring it to them. It is important to always call before you go to make sure they are feeling well enough to accept the visit.
The Outreach team had met at the church and each one had called one to arrange the time for the casseroles to be delivered. One of the members and his wife had several deliveries to make. Mr. and Mrs. Dean decided on their delivery route. The first stop was to Mrs. Gonzales who lived at the local housing project. She lived alone and had not been able to come to church for quite a while.
Mrs. Dean held the casseroles and made sure they didn’t turn over in the car. Mr. Dean was the appointed deliverer. They had several stops to make so they would not have much time to visit. Mrs. Dean waited in the car as her husband knocked on the door of their first delivery.
Mrs. Dean watched as he handed the casserole to Mrs. Gonzales and quickly, almost in a run, came back to the car.
She noticed the look on his face. His eyebrows were raised curved and high, horizontal wrinkles on his forehead, and his jaw was dropped. Whatever had surprised him had stuck with him. His color turned from bright red to pale.
As he got into the car he took a deep breath. His wife began to be concerned about him.
The emotion of surprise is usually followed by the emotion of joy or of fear. Mr. Dean’s seemed to be more one of fear.
She asked, “What in the world happened?”
Finally he said, somewhat exasperated, “she was only wearing a hand towel when she came to the door.”
“Didn’t you call her and tell her we were coming?” He asked still shocked.
“Yes I called her this afternoon. She said she would be expecting you” trying to hold back the laughter.
“That is what she said as she let go of the hand towel covering much of nothing, she said, I have been expecting you.” Mr. Dean answered still trying to catch his breath and countenance.
His face turned bright red again as he cranked the car and drove away. Mrs. Dean was laughing so hard by that time one of the other casseroles almost spilled. She asked her husband, “What did you say to her?”
He replied, “I said, here is your casserole.”
Mrs. Dean was still laughing as they arrived to the next house.
Mr. Dean said, “You can deliver the rest of them.”
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