Our kids enjoyed talking on the phone when they were small. Years ago children could Dial-A-Story and listen to a recorded Bible story provided by Child Evangelism Fellowship. The story changed weekly.
I used to have Dial-A-Story and its phone number taped to our phone. The children and their friends would frequently dial and listen. When the story ended a recording gave an additional phone number kids could call if they had questions. Aunt Hazel would be there to talk with them.
One day I called Aunt Hazel to introduce myself and express my appreciation for what she was doing.
She explained that she was 88-years old and didn’t get out much anymore, but she could still talk on the phone. She said it was her greatest joy to talk with the youngsters who called. Often her callers were teenagers with questions about life and death issues.
One day our 7-year-old daughter came to me and confessed that she and her friend had secretly called Aunt Hazel. She said she felt guilty because they had pretended they didn’t know anything about Jesus. They allowed her to tell them about Jesus and pray with them—even though they were already Christians.
I said I was glad she told me what she’d done, but she needs to call and apologize to Aunt Hazel herself. She was too embarrassed and ashamed and begged me to call for her. I finally relented and called while she listened at my side.
Aunt Hazel said she remembered the girls and knew all along that they were playing a game. Of course she forgave them—and enjoyed their call immensely.
Aunt Hazel served the Lord her entire adult life. She said she never wanted to live to be 100. She died at 99. The Lord answered her prayer.
- Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11
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- SONG: I LOVE THE LORD – by Kathleen
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