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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
TITLE: Stephanie's Special Lock
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But, that was then and this is now. A different Stephanie and a different outlook on life! Life was good for “Steph” as many often called her. Working in IT had elevated her status in the last year and she was thankful for the upgrade and thankful for her friendly co-workers.
She now received respect from her peers and excellent pay, to boot! Life was good, she thought. Nothing could go wrong!
That is until she came home that evening around eight and tried to unlock her front door. Because of a break-in last week when someone stole her jewelry and cash, she had new locks installed. So, she knew that evening there might be a delay getting in, opening the new lock. No problem, she thought. Locks were meant to protect and secure; she would simply be calm and take her time..
She placed the key inside the lock and slowly and carefully turned the key. Nothing happened and the key got stuck about half way. She tried again; still nothing. She would not be deterred or become impatient. These things just take time. So, she tried again. Once again…nothing.
She was losing her patience and the November air was beginning to chill her body. She had no choice; no relatives lived nearby and her friends were out “bar-hopping” so she was all alone.
She took a deep breath and then placed the key inside the lock and turned. Wonderfully, it worked! She gently pushed open the door and walked inside. It was dark so she reached for a table lamp and turned it on.
What she saw in the living room was beyond belief! Standing by the fireplace was a beautiful and large cross. There was a note on top of the mantle next to it which read, “Know about the break-in, wanted you to have this.” It was signed, “Your friend and Helper, Jesus.”
She smiled and whispered, “You always know what I need, even before I do!
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