Called To Tell by Frank Pollard

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TITLE: CALLED To TELL. JONAH 1, 2, 3.
FREDRICK SPEAKMAN TELLS OF A LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS BY NO
MEANS THE TYPICAL CARTOONED 'ALL AMERIrAtI11 TOURIST. 'HE CARRIED
NO CAMERA, HER HAT WAS SHAPELESS, HER WALLPAPER PATTERNED DRESS,
THOUGH CLEAN. LOOKED AS IF IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN SLEPT IN. YOU AND I,
AFTER A FEW EXCHANGES WITH HER, WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ROUND OUT
HER STORY. A MIDWESTERN GRANDMOTHER WHO HAD ALWAYS LONGED FOR THIS
TRIP ABROAD AND WHOSE CHILDREN WERE NOW STAKING HER TO IT, SHE HAD
TRIED TO CROWD AN IMPOSSIBLE ITINERARY INTO TOO FEW DAYS, BUT SHE
WAS CERTAINLY GOING TO SEE THAT FAMOUS CHURCH - WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
THE GUIDE WAS ACCUSTOMED TO ALL THE TOURIST- TYPES THAT DO THE
ABBEY, FROM THE GUSHY ROMANTICS TO THE CALIFORNIA BELITTLERS, BUT
HE COUL)) NOT GET THE WAVELENGTH OF THIS LITTLE SOUL, TIS WHTST;Ert:'.
{IOTHEP WITH SPRINGS IN HER HEELS SHO -ROMt UNt. OkUI u 1.ATEREST i U
THE NEXT KEPT LEADING HIM RATHER THAN BEING LE,J LISTENED TO EVERY
WORD OF HIS DRONING DESCRIPTION, BUT WITH NEVER A COMMENT. SHE
GLANCED AT EVERY STONE AND SYMBOL AND INSCRIPtION WITY THE STEADY
EYES OF HUNGRY INTEREST, YET SILENTLY CONVEYED THD- IDEA THAT SHE
WASN T ABOUT TO BE IMPRESSED. AND WHEN AT LAST S?-HE.r SPOKE, IT WAS
TO BREAK INTO HIS PATTERN WITH A QUESTION THAT LI-FT THE GUIDE SLACI(-
JAWED AND PUZZLED. WITH ONE QUICK GESTURE SHE SW TE~T ",rESTMIINSTER
ABBEY, THE CITADEL OF CHURCH TRADITION, THAT RICH STOREHOUSE OF
HISTORIC CHRISTIAN GREATNESS AND SAID, 'YOUNG MAN YOUNG MAN, STOP
ALL YOUR CHATTER AND TELL ME, HAS ANYONE BEEN SAVED HERE LATELY?;
THAT'S A QUESTION ANY CHURCH, WHICH HALF UNDERSTA. : WHY IT IS A
CHURCH, MUST FACE. VI'E MAY HAVE TO FACF IT WITH S-, :UMILI 16\{S
OR EMBARRASSMENT; BUT, WE MUST FACE IT - FOR IT IS *: 1R)UESTI r
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WAY OVER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IS A TALE OF A MAN MUCH LIKE
YOU AND ME, HE WAS A RELUCTANT MISSIONARY. HIS NAME WAS JONAH.
GOD WANTED HIM TO GO AND TELL SOME PEOPLE ABOUT HIS FO ...


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