|A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS (standard:Inspirational stories, 1926 words)|
|Author: The Tea Lady||Added: Jun 18 2010||Views/Reads: 1961/1197||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|There's always someone by your side, when you need him. All you have to do is call.|
Eighteen year old Danny nervously sat in church, next to his mother. He wore a brand new suit, dark blue, with matching shirt and tie. Danny hadn't worn a suit in four years and he kept fidgeting with the knot in his tie. He had also gotten a haircut for the occasion, and he missed his dreadloks. The choir was joyfully singing, "Having a little talk with Jesus makes it right," and soon everyone joined in. Eighteen year old Jerry, the pianist, wore a light blue suit. He sang while playing, and tapped his feet to the beat of the music. A big wide grin spread across his baby face. There was little resemblance between these young men and the Jerry and Danny of a few months ago. Four years ago, the boys' fathers were good friends and co-workers working the night shift at the same factory. At 11:30 pm, one night, the families received a frightening call from the police. Dan Sr., and Jerry Sr., were riding home in Jerry Sr.'s car when a large moving van, going the other way on the highway, crashed head on into the car. The car flew off the highway, did a sommersault over the guardrail, and plunged five feet into a ditch. The van driver had been driving all night and fell asleep at the wheel. The only witnesses were the large bright, full moon and the bright shiny stars that made the dark night come alive. The van driver suffered only minor injuries, but the two men were taken to the hospital in critical condition. While everyone else waited to hear from the doctors, Jerry and Danny knelt down in the waiting room to pray for their fathers' lives. Sadly, both men died. Days later, at the family church, Pastor Jones refused to allow the funeral to be held there because neither man, having to work most nights and weekends, attended church regularly nor did they give what he considered a suitable offering, even though they donated much of their spare time to help clean up the church property. "I cannot make time for part time members," the pastor said, sarcastically. Eventually, with much help from family and friends, services were held at the funeral home and the men were buried. This was the last the boys wanted anything to do with church. "I guess you have to pay to be in church," declared Danny. His mother tried to correct him, "The word of God is free. It's just that the church has expenses." Jerry's mom added, "The pastor just didn't understand that some weekends, your fathers had to work." Both woman worked part time jobs, four days a week. "Forget it, Mom," Jerry said, "church is for suckers." "Church does take care of people," added Danny, "as long as those people are the minister and his family." Indeed, before their untimely deaths, Jerry Sr., and Dan Sr., contributed much of their spare time mowing the church lawn, painting and taking care of the maintenance work of the church, without pay. With no one having the time or desire to replace the men, the small neighborhood church looked very shabby, while the charismatic pastor and Mrs. Jones had a nice home and a new car every year. The pastor's only employment wa the church while his wife worked as a registered nurse. Jerry's mother, along with Danny's mom, tried to get the boys to attend church every Sunday, or at least attend the weekly Bible study classes. "Why?" asked Jerry, "Since God helps those who help themselves, we try to help ourselves." "By any means possible," added Danny, laughing. "Your idea is to help yourselves by stealing, and that's a sin. One way or another, someone has to pay." "That's right," added Danny's mom, nodding her head toward both boys, "and someone will." "As long as it's not us. Let's go, Danny," Jerry called to his friend. Click here to read the rest of this story (153 more lines)
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