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Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)
TITLE: Gossip Wires...The Communiqué For Best Friends
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â€śHi, Bethany. Could you pray for me? Iâ€™m feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. Our plans have changed so fast, and honestly, I just donâ€™t know how to take it. Itâ€™s kind of strange. I thought we would have more time, but Devinâ€™s leaving for Texas in two weeks, and heâ€™s not coming back for six months. I'm probably not making much sense, but weâ€¦ Oh, it looks like heâ€™s here and he has aâ€¦Reeeeeeeeeennnng!â€ť
Bethany stared at the phone and listened to the message again. She wasnâ€™t sure if sheâ€™d heard right the first time, but it sounded like a scream at the end. Linda was one of her best friends and this sounded serious. She just had to call Gloria.
â€śGlory, I just got a message from Linda, asking for prayer for her and Devin. Sounds like things arenâ€™t going well. She said heâ€™s acting strange and threatening to leave for Texas and not come back, and that she canâ€™t take it anymore. I think she was crying. The scary thing is that while she was trying to tell me what was wrong, he showed up. She was screaming that he had something. I know she was at the house to unpack her dishes. Iâ€™m wondering if I should call the police or just go over to see if sheâ€™s in trouble. Be in prayer, and call the pastor.â€ť
Gloria was shaking when she called Jenny. She was best friends with Linda and Devin. This was not at all what she was expecting to hear.
â€śJen, we have to pray for Linda and Devin, right now! Theyâ€™ve had a fight, and heâ€™s throwing dishes at her, and Bethanyâ€™s going over because sheâ€™s afraid heâ€™s going to drag Linda off to Texas and not come back. I can hardly believe it. I mean, I thought they just bought that house and were planning to get married later. Maybe we should go over with Bethy in case itâ€™s really bad. Itâ€™s possible that he has a gun and has locked the two of them in the house or something. He is a Marine. Iâ€™m really scared for her. Itâ€™s serious enough that she wants us to call the pastor.â€ť
When Gloria hung up, Jenny nearly dropped her phone in her haste to dial their pastor. She had never been involved in a real hostage situation before, but she had always been told she was a good negotiator. Besides, Linda was her best friend; she would do anything for her.
â€śPastor Grady, I just heard that Linda and Devin are having serious problems. I guess he wanted her to move to Texas with him or something, but she refused, and now heâ€™s gone crazy. Gloria thinks that he just showed up with one of his guns and is holding Linda against her will. She and Bethany and I are going to go over to see what we can do to help. I know you probably are really busy, but Linda wanted us to let you to know whatâ€™s happening. This is serious! Please be in prayer.â€ť
Pastor Grady had started writing a sermon for Sunday morning, but his thoughts strayed to Devin and Linda. The young Marine had to leave early for his Special Forces training in Texas, and since their situation was unique, they had asked to be married at the end of the week. Devin had stopped by earlier to show him the ring heâ€™d bought for Linda. He was on his way over to the new house to surprise her, and it was easy to imagine how excited she would be when she saw it.
Just then, the answering machine shattered the quiet with messages from Lindaâ€™s friends. Pastor Grady shook his head as he listened. He studied the phone for a moment, his hand poised to call them back. Then a smile crept up around the corners of his lips. But why spoil the fun? He got out a new sheet of paper, instead.
Sunday morningâ€™s bulletin read: Gossip Wires â€¦The CommuniquĂ© For Best Friends
Sermon Text: Proverbs 21:23 â€śWhoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.â€ť
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