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I read this little story from John Stonestreet and thought I would share it with you: “[One] day, my Bible teacher announced that our boys Bible class [at our Christian School] was being sent out two by two to visit the elderly “shut-ins” of our church…and that’s how I met Ms. Buckner… an 89-year-old widow. We didn’t have a lot in common…
Just when we thought it couldn’t possibly get any more awkward, Ms. Buckner said, “Let’s sing Christmas carols together.” We stumbled our way through Silent Night, and then she decided one carol was enough. “Well, Ms. Buckner,” Brian said, “we’d best be on our way.” … And then she asked, “Can we pray together before you go?” So I prayed, and [my friend] Brian prayed—that took about 45 seconds. But then Ms. Buckner prayed. …She spoke to God as if she knew Him, with a simultaneous confidence and humility that only comes when you’re certain you’re being heard.
At age fourteen, I found myself—seemingly by chance—in the home of an 89-year-old woman I didn’t know, and didn’t particularly care to know. I didn’t want to be there… And yet, God used her to alter the trajectory of my life.” Cool, eh?