The smell of hazelnut coffee and good intentions was in the air. Oversized mugs, a plate of chocolate chip cookies, and five pristine study Bibles covered the small table. The ladies met weekly, without fail, for a home Bible study. Little did they know they had a sixth guest who slipped in unannounced. This intruder required no coffee or sugar for motivation. He was fueled by the simple act of sharing prayer requests.
“Let’s get started.”
“We need to remember Kim. She always looks so tired at church. I think her kids are wearing her down.”
“Right, her husband isn’t home much.”
“Do you think he’s working all that time? Or maybe something else?”
“Poor Kim, he’s probably having an affair.”
“What about John? I think he lost his job last week.”
“Really? But I thought they were still hiring new people?”
“You know he lost a job several years ago due to a drinking problem.”
“Ohhh! Do you think he started back?”
“I couldn’t imagine why else he would lose that job.”
“I’m also very concerned about Erin. She seems to be losing too much weight.”
“You’re right. Maybe she’s sick.”
“Could be, but come to think of it, I never see her eating.”
“She may have an eating disorder.”
“She does exercise a lot.”
Talk continued, a prayer was uttered, and soon Bible study was over. The mugs were drained, the cookies eaten, yet the Bibles remained unopened. Despite a busy morning, the sixth guest seemed to have taken on new life. He even multiplied a few times and left with each woman. Suddenly, Kim’s husband was unfaithful, John was an alcoholic, and Erin was anorexic. And just like that, Gossip was spread.
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