The warm summer day of 2006 started off great for Susan. Her new job at Florenstein’s Bakery was going well and she was preparing for work. She took a shower, got dressed and was having a breakfast of toast and peanut butter. After finishing breakfast she finished her make-up, checked her purse to see if she had everything she needed and was ready to leave.
A knock on her front door stopped her dead in her tracks. Who could it be at the door at 8:30 in the morning? She went to the door, looked though the peep-hole and saw that it was Bill, the maintenance man. She reported a plumbing problem weeks ago and here he was standing at her door, early on a Monday morning.
She asked, “Bill, thanks for coming. But, I’m getting ready for work. Can you come back around 4? I’ll be home then and I can let you in.”
“Susan, I need to do the work now. I’ve got several big projects waiting for me later. Can I please come in now? It shouldn’t take long…”
Susan trusted Bill but she would be late for work and she didn’t want to do that, for she prided herself being on time. She would have to call and make arrangements.
“Well, alright, if you think it won’t take long. I’ll have to call the Bakery and let them know I’ll be late.”
She opened the door and seconds later she regretted that move.
He slammed his equipment tool chest to the ground and roughly pushed her to the floor. He had something else in mind and he was obsessed with its completion.
He began tearing at her clothes but just as he was about to rip off her blouse, his eyes riveted to the crucifix lying serenely on her neck. Like a vampire, he recoiled and shivered—as if transfixed and frozen on the power of good the cross was emanating.
He pushed himself away from her; left his equipment sprawled on the floor and fled as if in a race from a formidable opponent.
All Susan could do after reassembling and recomposing herself physically and mentally was to sing loudly one of her favorite hymns—“What a friend we have in Jesus….”
Bill, the maintenance man was never seen or heard of, again…
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