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Topic: ENTERTAIN (04/27/17)
- TITLE: The Visitor
By Bonnie Bowden
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The doorbell rang, and Mary straightened her skirt before answering.
In the peephole, she could see a tall, male soldier dressed in his camouflage fatigues and army boots. She unlocked the door and let him in.
â€œMaâ€™am, I hate to bother you, but could I borrow your phone? My car stalled about a block down the road, and I canâ€™t get it started. I forgot to charge my cell and thatâ€™s dead too. My nameâ€™s Hank by the way.â€
â€œMineâ€™s Mary. Welcome. Iâ€™ve been expecting you.â€
â€œWhat do you mean youâ€™ve been expecting me? How could you possibly know my car would break down near your house? This must be just some kind of coincidence.â€
â€œYoung man, I donâ€™t believe in coincidences. God told me you were coming.â€
â€œI donâ€™t mean to be disrespectful. Did you just say that God talks to you?â€
â€œYes, but not in the way you think. We can discuss that later. Right now why donâ€™t you come in and take a seat. Dinner will be ready soon.â€
Mary pointed to the room on the right. â€œMy husband, Harold, liked that leather recliner in the corner. I know itâ€™s seen better days, but he always said it was the most comfortable piece of furniture we owned. Now that heâ€™s gone; I canâ€™t seem to part with it, just too many good memories.â€
â€œItâ€™s quite windy out there. Would you like some coffee?â€
â€œSure, I take mine with a touch of creamer.â€
â€œWhile Iâ€™m getting the drinks, you can call your family and tell them youâ€™re alright. My neighborâ€™s a mechanic, so Iâ€™ll just ask him to take a look. Hopefully, it just needs a jump.â€
A few minutes later, Mary was back with a cup of steaming brew and a slice of pie. She set the items on the table and sat on the couch facing him.
â€œMy mom says sheâ€™s glad I called; she was just starting to get worried. I guess that comes with the territory.â€
â€œIâ€™ll say. My son and daughter-in-law are missionaries in Uganda, and even though theyâ€™re in their late 30s, I still worry.â€
â€œIâ€™d like to hear how God speaks to you. Thatâ€™s never happened to me.â€
â€œYesterday while I was reading my Bible, I felt God tug at my heart when I read Matthew 25:35. The verse said, â€˜For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed meâ€™ (ESV). Tomorrow, Iâ€™m sending you a special visitorâ€
â€œYou remind me of my Grandma Bess. She and my Grandpa Bert would pick me and my two younger brothers up for church every Sunday. My mom and dad both worked. To be honest, most of the time we would rather have been outside playing ball or sledding. But war taught me that life is short and precious; maybe Iâ€™ll try to go back.â€
â€œI think Heâ€™d like that. You need food for both the body and the soul.â€
â€œAt first I thought you were crazy, but I think I just heard Him whisper.â€
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