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Topic: SOCIAL (04/07/16)
- TITLE: A friend in need, indeed
By Francie Snell
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She walked over and picked up the over sized t-shirt that lie on the bed and put it on, and then continued across the room to the window. As she gazed outside, she felt a slight comfort from the tranquil scene of the garden. Blue, purple, and pink flowers shown a vibrant display in the morning sun. The new day appeared fresh and clean. Letting out a deep breath, she thought,I think I'll just work in the yard today. I don't need to go to church. No one's going to miss me anyway. I haven't been there for weeks, and no one's even called. I think I'll just take it easy this morning and spend my own private time in the Word.
"Yep, that's what I'll do," she said looking over at the Bible on the bedside table.
She moseyed over and plopped down on the side of the bed. "Well, Lord, where do you want to take me today… Mathew?...Luke?...John?" She picked up the pink and brown leather book and placed it on her lap, then aimlessly opened to a random page and began to read. Hebrews … 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Pausing to consider the words, she then chuckled. "OK Lord, I get it. The gardening will have to wait." Then, she closed her eyes, and in a soft tone, she spoke. "Thank you Lord. Thank you for showing me what I need to do today. And now, could you help me find something to wear?"
Driving along, an hour later, Sally joined the line of cars pulling into the church parking lot. Winding through the rows of parked cars, finding a vacant spot looked hopeless. Then she turned into the next aisle, and there was her friend Marilyn, excitedly waving her arms. Park here Marilyn gestured, pointing to an empty space.
With relief, Sally pulled into the spot and stopped the engine. Marilyn was eagerly waiting by the door as Sally emerged from the car, and threw her arms around her, wrapping her in a tight hug. "Where have you been, Sal? I've missed you," she cried.
Marilyn held her for a moment, and then leaned back slightly to get a good look at her friend's face. Marilyn's eyes were red and puffy.
"Are you OK?" Sally asked.
Water welled in Marilyn's eyes. "I need to talk to you."
"Yeah… what's wrong?"
"I don't know," she said shaking her head. "I wish I did. I could barely drag myself here today. It's like every reason for not being around people has been flying through my head lately: I'm ugly, I'm fat, my clothes don't fit, nobody cares about me, no one would ever miss me… things like that. You know what I mean? I thought I was going crazy and probably needed to talk to someone, then I thought of you. So, I came to church today hoping to see you. Then I saw you driving through the parking lot just as I was walking past this space. Isn't it amazing how God puts us where we need to be at just the right time?"
"Yeah, and with just the right people. I can't believe you're telling me all this. I've been going through the same thing, and I almost didn't come today either."
"Really? I guess I'm not alone."
Sally gave a soothing smile. "No, you're not alone Marilyn. And I'm so blessed to have you as my friend. God had a wonderful plan when He brought us together."
Marilyn wiped her eyes. "Yes He did. Hey, how 'bout we ask some others to pray with us after church?"
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