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Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)
TITLE: Homeward Bound
By Norma-Anne Hough
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Kevin strolled to his feet. Lack of food had weakened him and he found it difficult to walk. The rain and wind didn’t help.
“If only I can make it to the church I’ll be fine” he told himself.
Abuse of alcohol and drugs had taken its toil. Street corners or dark alleys had become his home.
As he battled his way along the deserted pavements he kept on humming a song to himself that his mother had sung to them as children, to be truthful he couldn’t remember all the words just a few.
“Are you weak and heavy laden take it to the Lord in prayer?”
He allowed himself to think back to the time when he had sung in the children’s choir at the local church. What had gone wrong?
He had left his family and gone off into the world. Life was great in the fast lane while he had his job.
His marriage had dissolved. Jenny and the children were too ashamed to acknowledge his existence! Friends disappeared when the money ran out. The past two years he had lived as a tramp begging for his daily food.
Today he had woken up determined to find his way home. Luck had been on his side as a truck driver had seen him trying to hitch a lift. Compassion had filled his heart for this tramp and he offered him a ride.
“I need to get to Bloemfontein” he had said.
“You are lucky as I happen to be taking this load there. Should take us about 6 hours” the driver said.
Now he had been dropped off and was making his way to the church which he had once attended.
Rev. Jones was finishing off his sermon when he heard a commotion at the door. Looking up he saw two elders trying to stop a dirty tramp entering.
“Let him be” he said.
Kim and Tony turned to see what the commotion was about. They both gasped out “No it cannot be!”
Kevin looked up at his mother and father.
“Please forgive me” he cried.
Tears streamed down Kim’s face as she held him. “How long we have prayed for this miracle. We always trusted God would bring you back to the place where you had met him.”
Rev. Jones cleared his throat as he wiped tears from his eyes,
“That which was lost is now found. Praise you Jesus.”
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