Prodigal:  I was wondering where you were?

Me:  I was held up, but I was trying to get here.

Prodigal:  It is ok, God was with me.


This is from the book Where Angels Walk by Joan Wester Anderson


In 1960, the well-known Dr. Norman Vincent Peale preached a sermon that included a story about an Episcopal minister in a Southern town who stood up to Sam, a political boss, and was able to defeat a plan of his.  “I’m going to kill that minister,”  Sam told several of his friends after the meeting.

Friends alerted the minister and offered to walk home with him, past a dark woods.  But the minister waved away their concerns.  “The Lord will be with me,” he told them, and he walked home alone in safety.

Years passed, and on his deathbed, Sam sent for this minister.  “Reverend, I meant to kill you that night,” he said.  “I was in the woods with a club.”

“Why didn’t you?”  the minister asked.

“What do you mean–why didn’t I?”  Sam asked.  “Who were those two big men with you?”

“There were no big men with me,”  the minister protested.

“Yes, there were,”  Sam said.  “I saw them.”


But with God indeed dwell on the earth?  Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee;  how much less this house that I have builded?

1 Kings 8:27


Jennifer Van Allen

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