Thursday, June 27, 2013

Minnie Goes to Heaven (106)

(a novel continued)

Minnie thought about the things, the Lord had given her to do. He had led her into a relationship with that lovely couple from the Pentecostal Church. What were their names again? He had given her Nan’s discipleship group. What had they done lately? They’d finished the course, had the vigils and hadn’t met since. He’d given her the vigils. He’d given her that powerful 'thanksgiving for healing' meeting at her church where people had given their hearts to Jesus.
‘Follow through.’ she heard again.
But how, she wondered. ‘Lord, I admit, I don’t know how to follow through.’
‘Ask, knock, seek.’
That’s it of course. In golf the follow through was simple. You just keep swinging the club in the same direction, even though you’ve already made contact with the ball. She’d definitely made contact with the ball and had simply stopped swinging.
Minnie fell on her knees. ‘I’m so sorry Lord. Please forgive me.”
‘You are forgiven. Feed my sheep.’
Minnie got up from her knees and grabbed the Message Bible which happened to be on the shelf beside her. She read the passage in John where Jesus tells Peter to feed my sheep.
After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”
Then he said it a third time. “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. I’m telling you the very truth now: When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you’ll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, “Follow me.”

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