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Dorothy, Bathsheba, and Ed — part 10 in a series glancing back

July 17, 2017

Let’s call them Dorothy and Ed.

Because their names really are Dorothy and Ed.

If you’ve ever been involved in a church, you’ll recognize them right away – —

They’re in every church.

Every pastor would gladly take a ton of people like them.

They’re the resident historians.

They are usually the first ones chosen by youth in Confirmation to be Mentors.

They’re involved in almost all the ministries of the church, even those for the older adults, “but we’re not there yet ourselves,” they say with grins.

Young couples regard their almost 60 year marriage as a goal, and often go to them for listening ears and loving advice.

They are there for just about every event in the life of the church. Even when the weather’s bad.

— Like it was on this night. They had called from a restaurant to tell me not to worry, that they were on their way, that a little snow and ice wasn’t slowing them down.

I suggested we cancel that evening’s Bible Study because of the unexpected winter weather.

Dorothy said there was no way to let everyone know, and that they’d hate for someone to get out  in such horrible road conditions only to find a note on the church door that Bible Study had been cancelled. Besides, she concluded, they’d be there in about ten minutes.

So it was that just the three of us were sitting in the church parlor, Bibles and lesson books open on our laps.

You know the kind of study guides that have lots of blank spaces to write your answers to reflection questions? Their blanks were all filled in. Of course they’d done their homework.

We were in 2nd Samuel 11. I had just read verse 2 out loud, One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful.

“I don’t mean to interrupt,” Ed said, “but have you ever wondered?”

I looked up from my Bible. “Wondered what, Ed?”

“Just…well…imagine how good looking she much have been.”

“ED!” That was Dorothy. I’d never heard her be that loud.

“No, I mean really. For King David to…well, haven’t you two ever wondered?” He shifted in his chair, smiled wistfully, and concluded, “I mean, she had to be….”

Dorothy and I sat in silence, waiting for Ed to finish that sentence.

I can’t make up stuff this good.

And to think that some of us in seminary were afraid parish ministry would be boring!

See you back here tomorrow.

 

 

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