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Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)
TITLE: Trial Period
By Lucile McKenzie
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. Shall I go to the mission or not? I’ll have to listen to a sermon and they always want everyone to sing some stupid hymn. I don’t like it. Feel like they are looking and talking right to me alone. Worst thing is, you don’t get dinner until after chapel so if you want to eat, you have to first listen to all that religious nonsense.
Man, you’d think this alley would provide some shelter from the wind, but it feels like the artic here. That sky looks dark. What if it snows? Ethan froze to death last year in weather like this. Let’s see, the first three nights at the mission are free, maybe I can doze through the sermon, get a little extra shut-eye. After that, it might warm up and I can leave. Here it is. Guess I’ll go on in. Ahh, that warm air feels good
That hot shower was great. Now to get through chapel, then I can eat. Oh, great! I’m too late to get a seat in the back of the room. Now I’ve ended up in the middle of the third row. Wonder which church is in charge tonight. Well, it don’t matter; they are all alike.
“God loves you,”
Yeah, right, that’s why I’ve been homeless and on the streets for the last three years. If that’s God’s love, no thanks. Rats, here goes the singing. How can I sleep through that? “When the Roll is Called up Yonder,” What nonsense. Wish I had my bottle. A long drink of wine would be just fine right bout now.
That was a great nights sleep. Maybe I can get out of here today. Wow! It did snow, about four inches and that wind is bitter. Looks like I’ll be here a few more days at least.
Well, here we go, another chapel waste of time.
“My Friends, God wants you to know Him. He is waiting for you to come to Him. Remember, He has not rejected you; it is you who are rejecting Him. Come to him and let Him change your life. Let’s hear some testimonies from those who have come to Christ.”
“My life was nothing but living under a bridge and drinking cheap wine. Now, I’ve given my life to Christ, given up the bottle, and tomorrow I am going on a job interview.”
That does sound good, but I could never do it. I like that wine too much.
“I spent four years in jail for attempted murder. When I got out I went right back to drinking and living a life of sin. Then, I came here, accepted Christ, and changed my life.
With His help, I have a job and the love of a wonderful woman. I was asked to come here tonight to tell you that if it happened to me, it can happen to you, too. No problem is too big for God. Just put your trust in Him. You can’t lose!”
Oh yeah? I been losing for many a year now.
“It took me a long time to realize that the problems in my life were caused by me. I had to accept the result of my actions and quit blaming God for my mistakes. Once I did that, and called on him for help, He pulled me out of my sinful rut. I am a happy person today, praise God!”
That all does sound good. But I don’t know about turning my life over to this Jesus. I’d have to give up my freedom. There are so many changes, I don’t know…Well, my three free nights here are up after tonight. The weather is still bad, so maybe I’ll sign up to work on the recycled newspaper truck. That will earn me a bed voucher as long as I keep working. Maybe I’ll just hang around, learn a bit more about life with this Jesus, and see what happens.
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