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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Oh No! 2/4

I heard there was a hell’s angel in our apartment building and I didn’t like that. In college, while waiting tables, a hell’s angel had left his leather jacket on the one empty table and we were slammed. I picked up the jacket and asked whose it was. The whole restaurant got quiet and a big guy stood up, jerked it out of my hand and told me not to ever touch his jacket! I did not know that was a big deal and I’ve never forgotten.  


I saw this man on the elevator a couple of times and one time I had my church name tag on but he was always nice and smiling. A neighbor mentioned we had a mutual friend on Facebook, realizing that we had all been on the same spiritual retreat. He told me about “Don” and how I needed to pray for him and his salvation. Romans 10: 14, “ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Don was the hell’s angel and he was talking to this mutual friend about a Christian bike group. I told Mike maybe this is why we are living here and we need to start praying for Don. We did.


Don and his girlfriend were so nice. We would see them at the pool and one evening she said she had brought burgers for the small group of us at the pool. It was too awkward to be honest that I already had supper cooked so about six of us ate together by the pool. Before I left, Don’s girlfriend said, “I am a Christian.” Wow! Romans 10: 9-10, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Then she asked me to pray for Don. I told her we had been. She said he was the kindest and nicest person she knew. God was all over this! The next time we saw them at the pool she asked about church and I invited them. Someone told me I was crazy - that he would never change and I needed to be careful. We forget that one sin is not greater than the other and that God can do anything! We are NEVER too far away for His love, grace and mercy!


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