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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Tongues of Fire
By Mildred Sheldon


“Good morning Kurt, you old coot, how are you today you cranky old goat.”

“And look who’s talking Ramon, a cantankerous, stubborn person, who doesn’t have anything better to do then aggravate a sweet old man like me.”

They threw their heads back laughing uproariously and gave each other a warm embrace.

“Boy, Ramon what did you think about that sermon the Pastor gave Sunday on spreading rumors and gossip? He quoted just about every scripture on rumors and gossip from the Bible. I nearly swallowed my tongue trying to keep from chuckling.”

Ramon snorted. “Kurt the look on those busybodies faces in our congregation was not only perfect, but frosting on the cake as well. You could just about see smoke rising from them, and they now know without a doubt everybody knows just who they are. What makes it so funny is that they don’t have a clue how they were found out. I guess they figured the safest place to meet was the picnic area in the park since it’s surrounded by a high privacy fence. Guess they thought it was nothing but woods instead of backyards to the houses on the other side of that fence.”

Kurt nodded his head all the while chuckling. “You and I both know the culprits behind that sermon. None other than our precious loving wives. Those busybodies thought they were going to cause trouble. Ha, ha! Louisa and Crystal were sitting in the gazebo quietly studying their Bible when they overheard everything they were planning, and shared it with us, and we all agreed to tell the one person who could and did do something about it.”

“I don’t think those busybodies will be causing anymore trouble for quite awhile and I, to be perfectly honest, don’t plan on telling them about our private sanctuary in my backyard. I built that for the four of us when we first started our walk with God some 50 years ago. We wanted a quiet place to sit, read, and commune with God. Over the years it truly has become our sanctuary and we use it regularly.”

“Ramon our parents taught us not to talk about anybody behind their back or spread unfounded rumors. I remember I made up a story about my older brother, and told everybody he did things he hadn’t. When my parents found out I was the instigator and perpetrator of the lie, oh boy. I shall never forget the punishment I received. It taught me never participate in gossip or spread rumors. They said not to spread false rumors and do not bear false witness. I found out later they had paraphrased Exodus 23:1 and to this day I’ve never looked back.”

“Kurt I’m thankful our parents raised us according to the Bible. The way the world is today parents have turned from the Good Book. They say spanking a child harms their psyche. Our parents would have laughed themselves silly while reaching for the paddle and showing us what scripture said about discipline. We are to train a child in the way they are to go and when they are grown they won’t depart from it.”

“Ramon, my friend, I never thought these weary old eyes of ours would live long enough to see what is happening in this old world. The good Lord was right when He said things of the Bible would become foolishness to the wicked in the end times. There would be wars, rumors of wars, feasts, famines, pestilence and everything else that is happening today. It tears my heart to see all that is happening in this world today. Gossip and rumors are like a person taking a club, sword or sharp arrows and stabbing their neighbors in the heart.”

“Kurt I agree completely. I’m thankful to God I have a friend like you and we can talk about anything and everything and take it to God in prayer. Gee, look at the time. I don’t know where the time goes, but it truly flies when we have one of our powwows. It’s getting close to lunch time. I guess we should amble back to the house and share lunch with our better halves and enjoy a rousing conversation with our beloved mates. Crystal and Louisa says gossipmongers have tongues of fire, and once lit are hard to put out, but if anybody can do it, it’s God.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/06/10
This was an interesting read. I could easily picture these two older men gossiping about the evils of spreading rumors. Nice job.
Brenda Rice 11/07/10
Good example of how we can all be drawn into gossip even when think we are the good guys. Thanks for sharing.
Jan Ackerson 11/09/10
We don't often read about male friendships here, so this was a good change of pace.

I think I recognize these characters from a previous week by their names; in order to be truly anonymous, you might want to choose different names for future stories.

I like the relaxed feel of this entry.