Dennis Slaughter, minister of Valley View Christian Church, tells of an experience he had about a year ago.
was getting ready to drink his
second cup of coffee when the doorbell rang.
wife had already left for work, & he
was going to drink this last cup of coffee & go to work, too.
opened the door, there stood a man who said,
"I hate to bother you, but my car just broke down & I'm stranded.
I wonder if I could use your telephone?
invited the man in.
knew that you're not supposed to do that today, but he
did it anyway.
got to wondering,
Anyway, the man came in & Dennis
showed him where the phone was.
The man tried to call a co-worker, but as often happens today, he
got a machine.
, "What's your phone number?"
left a message on the machine, asking his
friend to call him back there.
made 2 more calls, each time leaving a message & Dennis' phone number.
asked, "Would it be all right if I sit here & wait until someone returns my call?
said, "Sure, we can wait."
While waiting, Dennis
asked if he
would like a cup of coffee, hoping the man would say "No, I don't drink coffee," but he
wanted coffee, so Dennis
gave him that last cup of coffee.
Then they began talking about a variety of things, including what they did for a living.
told him about the Valley View church
& invited him to the services.
Well, as they talked, Dennis
said that the man consistently used some very rough language.
The man thanked Dennis
said, "Yes, it's still there."
The man asked, "Will you kind of watch it for me until I can come & get it?
answered, "Yeah, I'll be glad to."
Now what did Dennis
really didn't do much at all.
gave him his
last cup of coffee.
let him use his
telephone, & he
talked with him.
That's all he