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Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)
- TITLE: The Dumb Easter Bunny
By Ken Ebright
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Harvey let out a deep breath. “Wayne, I can’t believe I have to work on Easter.”
Wayne snickered, "I am just glad I don't have to work that day. I was lucky, because it is a holiday that few people get their time-off request approved."
Harvey grabbed a few heads of lettuce out of the refrigerator. "You stink! How did you get Easter off?"
Wayne took a head of lettuce and started to chop it up. “I asked a month ago. There are a lot of people who wanted it off."
Harvey walked over and snatched salad bowls out of the cupboard. "I put in my request and it was rejected. I had already bought baseball tickets."
Wayne started to slice strips of carrots. "Sorry to hear that, Harvey."
Harvey rolled his eyes, "All this because of some dumb Easter Bunny fairy tale."
"Do you believe that's what all Easter is about?"
Harvey put lettuce into bowls "What else could it be about?"
Wayne momentarily stopped what he was doing and looked directly into Harvey's eyes. "It's about Jesus who died for our sins and rose again on Easter Sunday."
Harvey shook his head. "That’s another fairy tale that is perpetrated to get peoples money."
Wayne threw the carrot down on the cutting board. "It’s not a fairy tale! Jesus died for you. He loves you."
"Yeah right!" Harvey’s face turned red.
Wayne picked up the carrot again and started to dice it. "We have been friends since we were kids. Don’t you remember that I had a drug addiction?"
Wayne smiled, "Jesus took away my addiction to drugs. He's real and he worked miracles in my life. He can change your life."
Harvey rolled his eyes, "It’s a pile of rubbish"
"I‘ll tell you what-- I'll work your shift for you, if you do me a favor."
"Okay, what’s that?"
Wayne's face glowed, "I want you to attend church with my sister. She needs a ride.
You'll be out in plenty of time to go to your baseball game."
"Wayne, why would you do that for me?"
"Because you're my friend."
Harvey picked up Wayne’s sister and went to church.
During the service, as the pastor preached, he picked up a stake, like the one that was nailed into Jesus hand. He looked into Harvey’s eyes and said, “Jesus paid the penalty for you.”
It made Harvey cry and he walked up to the altar in front of the pastor. They talked and he kneeled and trembled as he prayed to Jesus into his heart.
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