Guest: Teresa Pollard - Standing Against the Crowd
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
My mom was an alcoholic.
She wasn’t very good at everyday life. The odd thing was that in a crisis situation, she was the one person you most wanted to have around. She almost seemed to have been born for those moments, because when others around her seemed to be losing their heads, that’s when she seemed to find hers. I can remember several instances in my childhood when this was true, but one incident will always stand out in my mind.
I was about seven years old, and my older brother, younger sister and I were swimming at a local lake. Mom sat on the shore with our next-door neighbor watching us. Suddenly my mom jumped up and ran out into the water. This was unusual in itself because my mom didn’t swim. Moments later, we realized she had a small bloody child in her arms. In coming down the slide, his pinkie had been caught in a razor sharp edge where the metal slide didn’t quite attach to the side. The finger had been completely severed and had fallen into the water. The child’s mother was hysterical, and the lake owners wanted the whole incident hushed up as quickly as possible. But Mom took control. She quickly organized several of us kids to look for the missing finger, while she took the woman and child to the hospital The lake owners were irate. Other adults at the lake seemed indifferent as long as their own children didn’t get back on the slide. They didn’t understand why Mom would want all those kids looking for a severed finger, but she had seen a newscast the night before saying that doctors were having great success reattaching limbs. Unfortunately, we never did find the finger, but I did learn a lesson that day. Doing what’s right is never a wasted effort. That little boy and his mother both knew that someone cared enough to try. And this daughter never forgot her mom’s courage in standing against the crowd.
Crowds are fickle. One day they were shouting “Hosanna, blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord” (John 12:13) and a few days later, “Crucify him!” (Matthew 27:22). Truth and Right never change, no matter how much the world would like to believe they do, because God is Truth and Right, and He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever!
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About the Book:
“Tokens of Promise”, June 2013.
Judah is sure he was bewitched by the beautiful Tamar. She is all he can think about. But no, it must not be. He will not break his vow to Yah. He already has a wife, and he will have only one. Tamar must marry Er.
About the Author:
Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years. Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. Her website is TeresaPollardWrites.comflekotech via photopin cc