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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.
“Ma’am, I hate to bother you, but could I borrow your phone? My car stalled about a block down the road, and I can’t get it started. I forgot to charge my cell and that’s dead too. My name’s Hank by the way.”
“Mine’s Mary. Welcome. I’ve been expecting you.”
“What do you mean you’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.”
“Young man, I don’t believe in coincidences. God told me you were coming.”
“I don’t mean to be disrespectful. Did you just say that God talks to you?”
“Yes, but not in the way you think. We can discuss that later. Right now why don’t you come in and take a seat. Dinner will be ready soon.”
Mary pointed to the room on the right. “My husband, Harold, liked that leather recliner in the corner. I know it’s seen better days, but he always said it was the most comfortable piece of furniture we owned. Now that he’s gone; I can’t seem to part with it, just too many good memories.”
“It’s quite windy out there. Would you like some coffee?”
“Sure, I take mine with a touch of creamer.”
“While I’m getting the drinks, you can call your family and tell them you’re alright. My neighbor’s a mechanic, so I’ll just ask him to take a look. Hopefully, it just needs a jump.”
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.
“My mom says she’s glad I called; she was just starting to get worried. I guess that comes with the territory.”
“I’ll say. My son and daughter-in-law are missionaries in Uganda, and even though they’re in their late 30s, I still worry.”
“I’d like to hear how God speaks to you. That’s never happened to me.”
“Yesterday while I was reading my Bible, I felt God tug at my heart when I read Matthew 25:35. The verse said, ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ (ESV). Tomorrow, I’m sending you a special visitor”
“You 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 I’ll try to go back.”
“I think He’d like that. You need food for both the body and the soul.”
“At first I thought you were crazy, but I think I just heard Him whisper.”
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