My Aunt Belle

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I got an email this morning from my Aunt Belle. She is 103 but still sharp as a whip, and while she can't live by herself, she lives in a group home. I thought it was amazing that someone her age had decided to learn something new, especially how to work on a computor - I know people my age, y'all know it was just water and rocks when I was born, who won't even try to use a computer.

I opened the email and was shocked at what she told me! Here is a copy of the email:

Dear Nephew,

The other day I went up to a local Christian bookstore and saw a "honk if you love Jesus" bumper sticker. I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper (things were already shakey, because she hasn't driven a car in 11-12 years and she doesn't own one now).

Boy, I'm glad I did! What an uplifting experience followed!

I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is...and I didn't notice that the light had changed. It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn't honked, I'd never have noticed! I found that LOTS of people love Jesus!

While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, "For the love of GOD! GO! GO! Jesus Christ, GO!"

What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus! Everyone started honking! I just leaned out of my window and started waving and smiling at all these loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love!

There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a "sunny beach"... I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. I asked my teenage grandson what that meant, he looked up from his eye something and said that it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something.

Well, I've never met anyone from Hawaii, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign back. My grandson burst out laughing ... he was enjoying this religious experience, too!

A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, I waved to all my sisters and brothers grinning, and drove on through the intersection. I noticed I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and I felt kind of sad that had to leave them after all the love we had shared, so I slowed the car down, leaned out of the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away.

Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!


Your Aunt Belle

I got the email five more times in a row. I guess someone at the group home told her you only need to hit send once!

I called her at the group home to see if she had made it back O.K. She had and tried to tell me the story again, having forgotten she'd already emailed me.
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