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Topic: Valley (08/10/06)
TITLE: Terri's Valley
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Terri was going through a deep, turbulent valley and it felt like it would never end. It all began when she spotted a mole that looked suspicious and went to the doctor the following week.
The doctor performed a biopsy and she was told that results would not be known for about a week. And so, her valley of depression began…Her work as a freelance writer suffered, for all she could think about was the mole, the biopsy and cancer. And yet, there was good news, for no one in her immediate family had suffered from any kind of cancer..
She was a believer in God and Jesus but yet her “valley of depression” lingered.
It wasn’t until she attended church that following Sunday that she became enlightened to what “faith” really meant and how a valley such as hers could be turned into a high and beautiful hill.
Terri attended church most every Sunday and every Sunday there was an old woman who came—always by herself but she seldom had a smile on her face, always wore the same dress and appeared to have no one who cared about her. She seemed devoted to her faith, always carried a Bible but didn’t seem to have any purpose in life.
But, this Sunday was different. The old lady walked in smiling, with a new outfit on, said “hello” to Terri, sat down and just seemed happy to be alive and in church.
After the service, Terri walked up to her and began talking….
“Good morning. You don’t know me—I’m Terri Bradshaw and I’m happy to meet with you. Please don’t take this wrong, but I’ve noticed that most Sundays you come in looking unhappy and down and I just want to know, what happened? Why are you now so happy and full of life?”
The old lady looked at her and replied, "Well, young lady, my name is Helen Kramer and I’ve been in mourning for my late husband who died over two years ago. I used to think that when he died, there would be nothing left for me. And, I thought this way until a few days ago. I’ve been praying for a miracle, a message from God about what I should do with the rest of my life and he answered me by bringing someone special into my life. And, that special person, my dear, is you!
“You’re worried about a biopsy, aren’t you?”
“Yes, but how did you know?”
“This I know from a prayer I asked just days ago. I asked God to send someone to me in church, someone who was worried; someone whose faith was in jeopardy. Someone I could help. I knew it was you when you approached me this morning…Let me tell you, you will be alright because God has sent you a healing, just as he has given me a healing and new purpose to my life.”
They talked for awhile, felt blest by the conversation and then left and went their separate ways. A few days later, Terri received a phone from her Doctor. The biopsy was negative and she was healed. She never saw the old lady again except in a dream.
In the dream, Helen was smiling and happy and holding hands with her husband…She had fulfilled God’s purpose and plan and Terri was no longer in a valley…
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