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Topic: Expand (07/18/13)
TITLE: Why Did You Do That?
By Margo McKenzie
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Ah! 7-Eleven! With so many products, there must be something there that could quench her thirst and drown out the nagging voices. She did didn’t bother to enter, and she knew better than to walk into Pappy’s Bar and Grill.
She considered going home to call on her Facebook family, but what could they offer besides a quick one-liner. She needed so much more.
She kept hearing the question repeated when she walked down the street. “Why did you do that?”
She would look over her shoulder for the source of the irritation, but there would be no one in sight.
She finally realized that it was her own mind tormenting her about that one lapse in judgment. And what remained? That same persistent question, unkept promises, and a rift between the one source of her once stable and peaceful life. To whom could she turn now?
What a waste, and at 19 years old, she had so far to go.
She had covered a lot of territory in an attempt to obliterate the voices, but she could not.
Alas, she knew deep down inside that her relief would not come by way of her mouth.
A block away she saw the sign—a sign that she had avoided for over a year, but there was something about the enlarged and uplifted tee–shape that would draw her in its direction. She didn’t fight the feeling this time. In fact, she picked up her pace and glanced at her watch. Friday. 7 pm. They are probably closed, but she hurried on anyway. As she approached, she saw lights. Maybe somebody was there.
She climbed the center staircase and peered inside. A gentleman standing near the glass door beckoned her to enter. Everybody's eyes were glued to the man at the podium who was saying
“I just want you to turn in your Bibles to Hebrews 13:8. As I read the text aloud , would you read it silently? 'Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, forever'.“
The words of the verse began to quench her spirit. The sermon would bring it all together and expand her understanding of God’s love.
He loved me then, and He still loves me. She had heard it before; she understood it now.
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