Writing Fiction posted September 14, 2015

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and now bow your heads contest

what are you waiting for?

by flylikeaneagle

I stood watching the homeless street people gathered by the old piano player. He would grin wide and I noticed that several teeth were missing. But, he kept smiling as he played some old time tunes. People called out hymns and old rock n roll songs, he knew them all. Sometimes, the crowd clapped with the music and sang along. This old man came every evening and entertained the crowds. He lived off of the coins and bills they threw into his hat. Police walked by and listened for a while. Everyone enjoyed Old Sam and his tunes.

I loved to listen to Old Sam's music and asked him his story. I interviewed people and composed human interest stories in my magazine articles of "Street Life, by Mark McGee." Sometimes, I am at a nursing home playing bingo, a coffee shop or a street corner. I watched and interviewed, not a bad job since I kept my own hours.

I noticed a group of people dressed up and gathered together downtown. They had water bottles and brownies with them. They caught the attention of the homeless with an endless appetite. The leader talked to the crowd. He said, "Taste and see that The Lord is good." People gathered around for the free treats.

These evangelists were outside of the steeple looking for the lost, lonely, cold and hungry people. They wanted to help those who were tired, bitter and beaten by the world. All were welcome to have the snacks they brought and a free book of John's gospel. I saw hands being touched and people cried when prayed upon. They gave their hearts to an invisible God who loved them. The evangelists told the street walkers, they could give their broken pieces to Jesus for a new life of joy. Afterwards, they were invited to Father's House, a home for homeless, nearby.

Some of the young people had been trained by the Father's House to go out into the streets for local ministry. They were after that 100th sheep who fell into the cracks of society, forgotten ones. The youth were taught that the world is your parish and every heart is a testimony. These young evangelists were once themselves homeless and running on the streets. I noticed an atmosphere of revival in this downtown street. People sang with Old Sam and munched on brownies. With old Sam, the people sang and laughed. Sometimes, he played the piano keys with his feet. People applauded and asked Old Sam to play one more.

I saw Old Sam get up. He smiled at everyone with his large grin. This had been the moment I waited for, Old Sam told his story. He explained to the crowd that he once was a preacher for a large church in the south. Some of the people inside his fancy church were complainers. They told him that his sermons was too long. So, he quit and told God that he was depending on God alone to provide his needs. Old Sam was led to the streets to minister to a different crowd who liked his music and his smile.

"And now bow your heads," Old Sam said loudly. He caught the attention of all the people. "Father, God, ignite the fire within these hearts for you, precious Jesus. You alone came down from Heaven and connected with your people. We are the sinners who need a Savior. Repeat after me, you all. I am a sinner needing God's Grace to change my life today, now, on the streets. Transform me, Jesus, for your Glory!"

I watched and repeated the words with Old Sam and the street people. He seemed to have a power within his words. I stood amazed with my head bowed. "I believe in Jesus," I said.

I heard the people say, "We want more of Jesus." The evangelists handed out the gospels of John with invitations to The Father's House. Food and fellowship was free to those who came. They even had housing and jobs for those in need. I saw the street people go with them to The Father's House. I heard the laughter in the air as they disappeared.

I asked Old Sam, "Why are you on the streets?"

Old Sam pushed back his hair and gave me a large smile. "The world is my parish and every human heart needs love and salvation. This is my new church, here on the street. I founded The Father's House in a rundown warehouse. God provided the funds for the remodel. The youth and homeless are trained to be evangelists by reading The Word. It transformed me and it will change you too, Mark. We go outside of the steeple to reach the people. Some stay and bake these delicious brownies. We have donations to supply the water, food and pay the bills. God gives everyone gifts and talents to minister to the lost sheep.

Then, he looked deep into my eyes. "What are you waiting for? Mark, are you going to The Father's House? The discipleship class starts tomorrow, Sunday morning. The ladies make homemade cheesy eggs and pancakes. Taste and see, Mark, God's gifts are free."

I watched as a homeless youth grabbed me by the hand, "I'll race you to the bunks. I claim the top bunk if I get there first. Are you in?"

Old Sam nodded at me. "What are you waiting for? Go!"

Bow your heads contest entry


What are you waiting for? God's gifts of grace are free. "Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." Psalm 34:6. "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." Psalm 24:1. The Great Commission, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20.

The lost sheep story is from Matthew 18 of the gospels. "If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?" And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off." Are you wandering off or will you let Jesus hold you close? What are you waiting for? God bless! <>< soli deo Gloria!
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