Thursday, June 21, 2012

Quiet Heros Who Don’t Make the News

When I just live my life normally I don’t even notice them.  But when I pay attention, I see more evidence of quiet Christian heros than I expected I should.  Here are three.

Art by Julie Lonneman
 One day I was driving to work at 6:30am and passed by a Walgreens where the local blind beggar named Frank normally sits and sells pencils all day (yes, that is still done in some places).  What was different was that he was surrounded by all of his earthly belongings… two jammed suitcases, a wheelchair, and about 7 huge black garbage bags full of stuff.  I was concerned about what this meant, but had to make my car pool appointment, so I didn’t stop.  That night at 6:30pm he was still there.  The next morning and next morning at 6:30am he was still there with all his stuff.  I was sure he had been kicked out of his living arrangement because he couldn’t pay the rent... 

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Prayers worked - God is still alive and active today

I remember staying up all night one night with a friend reading the Bible and sharing our thoughts. Before we knew it, it was time for me to go to work. Before I left, my friend prayed for God to make me feel like I had the sleep of 10 men. I remember working that entire day with as much energy as I have ever had. God's power in today's world is a blessing.    

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The New Preacher and the Bus Driver

Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston , Texas . Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change..
As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it.  Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.'

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here ,you gave me too much change ...'

The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?'...

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She's a real Christian, and he noticed

I was in the Convenience Store just this morning at work, speaking to a guy who admitted to asking around about me because I was different.  I said I was a Christian he said ya I know (he laughed) and you may actually be for real.  I was stunned. “

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