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Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)
TITLE: The Pain in Mary's Heart
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She was only nine at the time and after he spoke those words, she never felt close to him or felt any love from him. The pain was still so strong from those words that every time she remembered them, tears filled her eyes. The very saddest thing about that incident was that he died several years later from a heart attack. The heart attack happened so quickly that there was no time to say I’m sorry and no time to say, I love you.
May stood about five feet eight inches tall, was a medium build and still attractive and young looking. Her husband, Bill, stood over six feet tall and from the very moment he met her, he loved her and seldom gave her a cross word or was critical in what she did at home or at work.
Working at Belinda’s Beauty Shop was something Mary enjoyed more than anything; except for God and her husband, Bob. It was at Belinda’s Beauty Shop where she shined. The customers liked her and she was known in that small town in Ohio as giving some of the best haircuts around.
It was her husband, the good Lord and working at Belinda’s that built up her confidence and made her feel loved and strong. Why she was feeling so positive that she was thinking about having a beauty shop in her own home. There was plenty of room and Bob cleared out a spare room in the back of their home and said that anytime she wanted to make her dream come true, it was fine with him.
With her shoulder length brown hair and a rosy complexion, Mary felt good about life and had finally put away her negative feelings about her father. That is until one day in June.
She had just walked in around nine in the morning and it was a day that she would be working on Martha Pincrust’s hair. Martha was in her 60s but acted like she was over 80. She didn’t like Mary but she put up with her because she fixed her hair the way she wanted it—tight to her head and tucked away from her face. With a round face and glasses that did little to enhance her looks, Martha was a plain looking woman and at times, severe and unkind.
Martha walked in and at that time there was only Belinda, another customer and Mary. “Good morning, Mary! Good to see that you’re here and on time. You know how I dislike a person who keeps me waiting. By the way, I meant to tell you that you did a poor job the last time I was in here. I don’t think you tried hard enough. Please don’t make that mistake today!”
Remembering what her father said to her so long ago, she replied, “Excuse me, Martha but I remember you saying the last time that you liked what I did. If you are unhappy with my work, then I suggest you find someone else to do your hair. I feel confident that I have given you professional results time after time. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have work to do!”
Martha grunted a “Well! I never!” and left quickly.
Mary just smiled, went about her business and felt relieved that Martha was out the door and no longer her customer. And, the best part of all was that her heart felt joyous and free!
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