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Topic: Enter (02/27/06)
TITLE: End of the Road
By Linda Germain
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“No dear, it’ll be a while yet. Have a snack. Here’s a video game. Don’t hit your sister.”
“But I’m tired of this trip. “
“Well, look out the window. See how fast we are going on this eight-lane expressway? Isn’t this fun?”
Mother turns to Daddy and whispers, “Are you sure we’re on the right road? It does seem like we have been traveling an awfully long time.”
Daddy hisses,” Are you saying I’m lost?
“No dear. I’m just wondering why we seemed to be making such good time on that lovely free way and now we are on a strange looking road. I don’t remember exiting.”
Daddy concedes he too is confused.
“I saw a sign back a ways for last chance fuel and food. It should be coming up in a few minutes.”
“The kids are all asleep now. Do you think we should wake them?”
“Don’t worry, when we slow down, they’ll wake up. You know they are always famished. You’d think they don’t ever get any food.”
“I’m getting a little hungry too. When was the last time we ate?”
“Hmmm…seems like that’s all we’ve been doing the whole trip. Of course, most of it has been junk food. I could go for some rib sticking meat and potatoes about right now.”
“Honey, where did you say we get off? This road is getting pretty narrow and bumpy. How’s the gas?”
“I don’ remember what the directions were. I guess I wasn’t paying close enough attention. It had better be pretty soon, the red warning light is on.”
“Maaaama! I have to go real bad.”
“Daaaaady! I’m sick. I think I’m gonna puke. Stop, Stop.”
“Just hold on kids. I’m doing the best I can. Hey look. There’s a sign up there on the right.” Man, it sure is dark out here. Somehow we got off the main road. Maybe they can help us in that little general store.
“Everybody out. Don’t anybody wander off.”
This place looks a little weird but something sure smells good.
“Howdy folks. You’re just in time. We just dished up supper. Sit over there at that big table. There’s a plate for each one.”
Mother whispers, “Would you look at this feast. I don’t think I have ever been as hungry in my life.”
Daddy responds, “ Yeah, it does make my mouth water…but, it must cost a fortune. There is so much of it.”
“Say, mister. We must be lost. It seems like we were zipping along on that amazing free way and somehow it has dwindled down to a narrow one way street.”
“Yes sir, you are most definitely lost. Sit here at the banquet table, you and this big family who obviously love each other. Eat.”
“Could you tell us the price? It looks kind of expensive.”
“It’s all FREE. All you have to do is sit down and be filled, then get back on the road.”
“Okay. We can't go wrong with this good deal, family. Looks like there is room for all of us.”
“Thanks Daddy. I was starving.”
“Head count. Okay, we’re all here. Let’s get going. He said it isn’t too far now. Watch for that sign he told us about. “
“Honey, I am so satisfied. Thanks for slowing down so we could get a real nourishing meal that will sustain us.”
“Hey. You’re my FAM. I love you. Man cannot live on junk food forever.” *chuckle
“Didn’t we need fuel?”
“Well…we did, but the arrow is pointing to full, so let’s go.”
“Would you look at that? “
“He said we’d see a sign and there it is!”
“Oh my! I see it too. Kids, can you read what it says?
“Read it to us, Daddy.”
“Narrow Gate – ENTER HERE." This must be the place.
“Hooray for daddy. You got us to the right spot.”
“Wait. I see another sign that’s flashing. It says, ’Broad Gate’ - let me think.”
Mother and children look at Dad, trusting his guidance. He puts on his blinker and exits.
Bible reference: Matthew 7:13-14
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