Mary Brenner sat reading her Bible on the subway train, just as she did every morning on her way to work. She was a touch annoyed with a man sitting several seats away, who kept glancing at her.
He was a sharp dresser. His expensive looking suit and immaculate shoes made him quite dashing. She couldn't help noticing that he bore a slight resemblance to Jimmy Stewart, one of her all time favorite actors.
Mary learned early on not to make overtly direct eye contact with men on the subway. Some took it as an invitation to sit next to her and make what she called “come on” conversation. Mary had no interest in developing a romance with some stranger on the subway of New York City.
She did, however, have an interest in developing a romantic relationship. The only problem was that she had never met anyone who met her Christian standards. She longed for the kind of relationship that involved courting and respect.
Now, the well dressed man who shyly looked her way was starting to get on her nerves. He blushed and turned his head when she caught his eye and scowled at him.
“Look, mister, I don't know why you keep looking at me, but if you have something to say, just say it.”
The man's face turned beet red and he managed to stutter. “S-s-sorry! It's just I've seen you reading the Bible every morning and you are very beautiful. I won't look at you again.”
Mary softened just a little. “Do you read the Bible too?”
“No, I would like to, though. I know a lot about it, but I don't read it.”
“Well, why not?” Mary thought this conversation was getting a little strange.
The man blushed again and suddenly said. “First of all, my name is Robert Bailey. What's yours?”
“Well, Mary, the truth is I don't read very well. I am a genius with math, that's why the company I work for hired me. They tell me I am a brilliant accountant, but I have an assistant who reads for me.”
“Wow! I must apologize. I didn't mean to be so bold. So you're a genius with math. I still have to count on my fingers at times.” Mary laughed.
Robert smiled. “Can I be so bold as to ask if you would mind reading your Bible out loud? I really would love to start my day that way.”
“You are a Christian?” Now this was getting interesting!
“Oh, yes. One of the few. There doesn't seem to a lot of us around these days.”
“Well, Robert, if you want to move to a seat closer to me, I would love to read aloud. I am reading the book of Psalms this week. I find David's words so comforting.”
So began the relationship of Mary and Robert. Each morning she would read the words of the bible to him, and he would listen and smile.
A few months later, he shyly asked her to dinner and she accepted. They shared their life stories for the first time, and Robert told Mary how much he admired her. Mary complimented him for the fine way he dressed.
“I guess I feel the need to look as sharp I as can, so the company's clients won't know how illiterate I am. I really do need to learn to read better, I just haven't had the time, or courage, for that matter.” Robert sighed.
“Robert, would you like for me to teach you to read?”
“Mary, would you? I mean, do you think I could learn?”
“Robert, you're a genius! Of course you can!”
So instead of Mary reading to Robert on the subway, she taught him to read. She was patient, and he was a little slow at first. However, by the end of six months Robert's reading skills were excellent and so were the couple's feelings for one another.
Six months later, Mary wore a beautiful white wedding gown, Robert wore a black tuxedo and was as sharp as he looked.
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