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Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)
TITLE: The Perfect Opportunity for Sheila McGuire
By Amy Michelle Wiley
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“But when I heard about the beauty school in Atlanta, I said to myself, ‘Sheila McGuire, that is the perfect opportunity for you, girl!’ See, I’m not made for anything much. I mean, I’m not anyone special or anything, but doing ladies’ hair is filling a need, you know? And that’s as noble as anything, I figure.
“Is that a picture of your granddaughter, ma’am? She must be about six years old and so cute I could just eat her up! Is that who you’re going to visit? Leukemia? Oh you poor dear, I could just give you a hug right now. Don’t you worry, though, ‘cause I just know that our Daddy in heaven is holding that chil’ in His arms so tight, an’ won’t let go until you get there yourself.
“Oh, He cares, ma’am! Don’t you worry none about that. He cared so much He gave His own Son for us, and that’s a fact. That’s why we can have faith. And you know what, ma’am? I have faith that your little granddarling will be healed all up. And if she isn’t, well, if she isn’t, all ya’ll just trust she’ll be waiting up there right in the arms of God. Now isn’t that a comforting thought?
“Here we are taking off and you’ll be there before you know it. We’re leaving right on time, too! God had this flight planned out for us, I can tell. You’ll be there in time for that little angel’s chemo treatment, and I’ll be there in time for my training.
“Yes, that’s right, I’ll just be cutting hair. No high and mighty plans for me. Not like my sister and her wonderful husband. They are going to Nicaragua next month to tell them natives about Jesus. At first I was feeling a little sad for myself when they told me, and that’s the truth, but now I know this is enough for me.
“My sister tol’ me, ‘Honey, you don’t gots to go to deepest, darkest Africa to be a missionary. You can be one right in yer own town.’ I tol’ her I knows that, but I just ain’t been given no special gift like that. No, Sheila McGuire just wasn’t made to be a missionary. I’m just not much good at it, you know?”
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