The Delivery

“Would you like to have this magazine?” I stared at the Awake magazine twenty inches from my face. Startled, I replied, “no way!” I kept walking and reflected on the encounter. I thought some other shoppers probably will take offense at these two women walking the store aisles like they do when going door-to-door in our neighborhoods. Someone later suggested to me that I should complain to the store management. That thought also flitted through my mind as I headed to the grocery section. I decided I really did not want to see a sign on the store window saying: … Continue reading The Delivery

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Eduardo’s Wife Is Dying

Finally, Eduardo was stepping out to his car. I had been gardening and hoped he would come outside. I ran to get the Magdalena DVD waiting by the front door and rushed across the street. “This is for your wife,” I explained. “It is in Spanish.” “Thank you,” he smiled weakly, the gold glistening on his teeth. Eduardo accepted the DVD and I went on to tell him the movie was about Jesus and about the different women He healed. He thanked me and I concluded our brief conversation with, “We are praying for you.” I wrote about our neighbors, … Continue reading Eduardo’s Wife Is Dying

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The Verbal Bombshell

Two VERY young boys, maybe ten and twelve-years old, walked up to me. “Is it okay if we give you this literature?” “No, it isn’t,” I replied. I stood up from my weeding project. “Jesus is fully God, guys. Seek the truth.” They turned and left right away. I looked across the street to see two young girls also strolling up to our neighbor’s house. The girls were in their teens. I know I did not handle that well. I probably missed a chance to have more of an impact in their lives, even briefly. So, I pondered how I … Continue reading The Verbal Bombshell

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Prayer “Only”?

Eduardo and Luz barely speak English. Eduardo can communicate enough to understand the basics, but Luz relies on her native Spanish. I prayed for them this morning. We have been neighbors for more than a decade, and unlike our other neighbors, we have had very little contact with them. (I made one BIG contact with them when I backed into their car a few years ago!) Hopefully, our limited interactions have left a good impression (and despite the impression I made on their car!) I thought this morning that prayer is not enough, but right away I remembered that prayer … Continue reading Prayer “Only”?

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