Oliver & Connie Pettit (oliver@FASTLANE.NET)
Sun, 12 Apr 1998 19:31:39 -0500
No shoes, no service
His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans
and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of
college. He is brilliant. Kinda esoteric and very, very bright. He became a
Christian while attending college.
Across the street from campus is a well-dressed, very conservation church.
They want to develop a ministry to students, but are not sure how to go
One dat, Bill decides to go there. He walks in with bare feet, jeans, a
T-shirt and wild hair. The service has already started and Bill starts down
the aisle, looking to find a seat. The church is completely packed. There
are no enpty seats.
By now, people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything.
Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when then realizes
there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although
perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust me, this has
never happened in this church before!) By now, the people are really
uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.
About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the
church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in
his 80's, has silver-gray hair, a three-piece suit and a pocket watch. A
godly man, very elegant, very diignified, very courtly. He walks with a
cane and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to
themselves, "You can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you
expect a man of his age and his knowledge to understand some college kid on
It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly
silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are focused on
him. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The people are thinking, "The
minister can't even preach the serman until the deacon does what he has to
And now, they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great
diffculty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with
him so he won't be alone. Everyone chokes with emotions.
When the minister gains control, he says, "What I am about to preach, you
will never rememeber. What you have seen, you will never forget."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City