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Topic: The Family Home (05/29/08)
TITLE: LIKE MY HOME IN HEAVEN WILL BE...
By Karen Sunderland
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Thankfully, he remembered that it was still pretty early on Saturday morning and the Bensons would probably be eating breakfast together, before they all went in their own directions. His classmate, Tony Benson, was different from the other eighth grade guys; but Tony and his family were so kind that everyone liked them. Moreover, when Tony's friends visited the Benson's hospitable home, they actually obeyed the rules set by Tony's parents.
It wouldn't be the first time that Eddy visited the Bensons when he was hurting real bad, so it would probably be okay. In fact, the whole bunch of them always seemed to know when Eddy was hurting and were extra kind to him at those times. A little nervous, he turned up the Benson driveway and rang the doorbell. His friend soon answered, but Eddy couldn't stop the sudden tears.
Tony greeted the crying visitor with, "Eddy, come on up to my room and let's talk about it." And - his dad joined them, too. Mr. Benson closed the door and Eddy burst into a loud cry - and his two hosts cried with him.
When the crying stopped, Eddy blurted out, "My dad says I'm a no good loser and I'll be that way all my life - so I might as well quit going to church and trying to be good; I'm NO good! And I feel like a mad dog; so maybe he's right!"
Mr. Benson, putting his arm around Eddy, encouraged, "Eddy, he's not right, at all. I've known you for many years and have watched you grow up, especially after you committed your life to Jesus. You've already become a dependable young man who is liked by everyone. And - Jesus has promised He'll never let us fall so hard that He can't pick us back up.¡± Mr. Benson warmly hugged Eddy, and Eddy cried some more until he stopped and looked tearfully into the Christian man's eyes.
"Mr. Benson, Jesus has used you, as He always does, to give me hope again. And I think I can make it, but could I stay with you guys today until the mad-dog is totally out of me?"
Mr. Benson kindly replied, "Of course you can. Come down and join us for breakfast. As always, we'd love to have you."
Somehow - Eddy knew in his deepest being that Heaven was going to be just like the Benson home.
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