A Gentle Response

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Key Bible Verse: Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Poverbs 15:4)

Dig Deeper: 

That same Sunday, a woman named Janet, also a first-time visitor, was waiting in the nursery line to retrieve her boys. One of the nursery workers quietly approached her and said that her boys had picked fights with other children [and one of them] broke several of the toys that belonged to the church. Janet scolded her boys and then screamed in a bellowing voice, “S—!” Deeply ashamed and feeling like a failure, Janet got her boys and skulked out of the building.

[Later] the nursery worker sent Janet a note that read something like this:

Dear Janet,

I’m so glad that you and your boys visited our church. Oh, and about that little exchange when you picked them up from the nursery? Let’s just say that I found it so refreshing—that you would feel freedom to speak with an honest vocabulary like that in church. I am really drawn to honesty, and you are clearly an honest person. I hope we can become friends.

Love,
the nursery worker

The nursery worker and Janet did in fact become friends. Janet came back the next Sunday. And eventually, she became the nursery director for the church. There’s another significant detail about Janet’s story. She is also George’s wife. And, when she first came to us, she too was recovering from heroin.

– Scott Sauls in Befriend


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