Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nancy and the Revival

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Oh, dear God!  Please, please!  Not another one!

The end of the evening Sunday service was minutes away, the last song had been sung, and benediction given.  Nancy was in the process of racing out to the vestibule door when Pastor Harris announced, “…and then, tomorrow evening the Honorable Reverend Leo Berry will be arriving and lead us in a week-long revival…” 

Amid the Amen! and Praise God! each teenager wilted, with heads hung low.  Though telekinetic communication had never been confirmed, Nancy and the others could sense each other's thoughts, some filled with profanity, others not.

Nancy was safe from the altar pounding***, being a near-saint in the teen world.  But what about Bill, Tom, Bob, Sam, and other boys who were damned to Hell all the time?  Long, painful nights spanned across eternity for them.
Brother Leo Berry arrived at Pastor Harris' house just in time for one of the church’s Sisters to carry in the casserole, Jell-O salad, and dessert.  

For the Pastor Harris house, the meals would be manna from heaven, since the church paid salary next to nothing.  This required Pastor and Sister Harris to hold down jobs.  These dinners would be as a feast for the pastor's family.

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Monday night arrived, with a shining smiling Brother Berry on the platform, rubbing his hands together.  His bald hair comb-over reflected the bare light bulbs overhead.  The seedy suit spoke of nights on the road with a trail of churches behind him.

“ARE YOU SAVED?  IF YOU WALKED OUT THAT DOOR THIS VERY NIGHT AND WERE SMASHED BY A PICK-UP TRUCK, WOULD YOU BE SAVED?”  

He eyed the ones who did not say Hallelujah or Preach it!  "Would you?”  He whispered meaningfully, staring down the teen herd in the back of the sanctuary.


Nancy sighed, opening her math book, this was gonna be a loooonnngg week.

***To be continued someday next week, probably Wednesday.  Pray for Nancy and all those boys.

A previous blog about Nancy and this church can be accessed here.


20 comments:

  1. Some of them sure are a bit umm over zealous

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  2. I have been in a church or two like this when I was younger lol. I definitely empathize with Bill, Tom, Bob, and Sam.

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    1. It is one thing to seek and find God as He calls, but it is quite another to be coerced by an over-zealot traveling preacher.

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  3. I've seen my far share. They all seem to be in it for profit rather than God

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    1. Not all. But many itinerant evangelists have no accountability.

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  4. Some people need them, but for most, it would be so tiresome. And ineffective. And a great way to drive teens away from God.

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    1. In my small town, revivals were usually drudgery, hours long, and exhausting. Farmers had been working all day in the fields, wives in the garden, and kids doing chores with no time before or after for homework.
      You are correct; many teens did not seek or accept Christ during these events.

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  5. Thank you. This series covers events which are completely alien to my experience - and I find it fascinating.
    And think of the proverb about forcing horses to drink... Which could be easier than forcing a teenager to do anything.

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    1. I am so relieved that we survived those years with our own. It was rough going at times.

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  6. I'm glad you managed to fit in Jell-O salad - would hardly be a church meal without it.

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    1. Jello was a staple for dinner and supper: it was cheap, looked pretty, and sweet.

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  7. The itinerant revivalist minister did not do this for money. I think this style of preaching came from the days when there were not churches and ministers everywhere. They used fear to change people because they were only there a short time. Revivals were quite exhausting.

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    1. You know, that is really a good perspective: the traveling preacher. You are truly correct. Thanks for providing a different view.

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  8. Instilling fear into people is one good reason for not going to church. Or revivalist meetings.
    As far as I'm concerned God is loving and forgives, just like every other God out there.

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    1. Instilling fear is not isolated to religion. That method is implemented across the world in all cultures. Going to church is a personal choice, regardless of the speaker. I attend church because I want to worship with fellow Christians.

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  9. I laughed when I read jello salad. My girlfriend once sent me a cookbook put out by the Lutheran Ladies Aid Society and a dishtowel (as a joke). I remember there was a recipe for "jello for 100" in the book.

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    1. Really?!! Wow. I wonder how many boxes of lime jello that would take?

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  10. One box, but everybody has to eat with a toothpick....

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    1. Eating jello with a toothpick would definitely make the jello go further. Difficult, but effective.

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