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Topic: TRIP (10/18/18)
- TITLE: Away We Go!
By Trudy Newell
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Joy glanced over at Larry and smiled. He’ll never guess. He works too hard, and it’s time for a break.
She watched him sit at his laptop deep in thought. Larry loved being a pastor. He dreamed about ministry, talked about the Lord, and the pulpit was his passion. He treasured the Word and loved explaining it in a way everyone could understand. He loved his flock, and his flock loved him. Joy did all she could to support him in ministry.
One way she supported him in ministry was working full-time at the bank. Their small church could not afford more than a stipend. Joy was the chief breadwinner. Somehow, she had managed to squirrel away some savings. Joy shopped at the dollar stores and made every penny count. Larry would never believe she’d go off the deep-end and book this trip.
Wish I could swing that trip to Israel. But there’s just no way.
Larry looked up, “What are you thinking about?”
Joy chuckled, “Wouldn’t you like to know?”
“Okay, I’ll wait till you’re ready.”
That was the big question. When would she be ready? Larry and I have no secrets. I thank the Lord for the open, honest relationship we have, but how long can I keep this a surprise?
Larry moved to his recliner, leaned back and closed his eyes. Patricia was over at the church typing up the bulletin and answering the phone. She had recently retired, and last month offered to do secretarial work for him. Joy was glad he could work without interruption today.
“I made some great progress this morning.” He said.
“I’ll go make us some lunch then.” Joy told him.
His cell phone rang. “Oh, hi Patricia, what’s up.”
Joy started to tune out until she heard the word ‘double-booking’. What was this all about?
She wandered back into the living room. Larry looked at her and motioned for her to go back into the kitchen.
“That’s strange. Okay, I’ll call them right back.”
“What’s that all about?” she asked as he joined her in the kitchen.
“Well, if you must know, I decided to book a trip for us to go see the Ark. First Baptist Church has a tour set up. It’s in two weeks.”
Joy looked at Larry. “Oh, I don’t believe this.”
“What don’t you believe?”
“I booked us on the same tour two months ago.”
Larry stared at Joy. “How in the world did you manage that?”
“I’ve been saving for a long time and decided we both needed the break. I wanted to surprise you.”
Larry got up and kissed her lightly on the forehead. “Just when were you planning to let me know? I do have a full schedule.”
“Well, you know now.”
“So, that’s why there’s a double-booking. Do I just cancel one of them? We'll probably lose the deposit.”
Joy frowned. “I guess there’s nothing else we can do.”
Suddenly Larry brightened. “Yes, there is. Why not ask Jeff and Kathy to join us on the tour? They’re newly-weds and didn’t have a real honeymoon. What do you think?”
“What a great idea. Won’t they be shocked. Besides, the money has already been spent. This is a perfect way to minister to them.”
“Terrific!” Larry grinned, as he picked up the phone.
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