He walked to the door, and opened it, “Come in, its cold outside. Can I help you?”
“Uh, yeah. I was wondering if you had any odd jobs I could do. I just lost my job and need cash for my rent.”
Jim eyed the young man, “Didn’t I see you in service a couple of Sundays ago?”
The young man looked sheepish, “Do you remember everyone that comes to your services?”
“No, but you sort of stand out.”
The man passed his hand over his hair and laughed. “Yeah, I guess I don’t really look like the church crowd.”
Jim laughed, “No, you don’t, but we welcome everyone. So, what’s your story?”
“Like I said, I lost my job last week and need cash for some rent. I was hoping to do some odd job around the church.”
“Well, we don’t really need anything done around here.”
“I’m a great handy man. I won’t need much, just a little help to get me back on my feet.”
Common sense told Jim not to trust this young man. He couldn’t look the pastor in the eye and Jim knew that indicated storm warnings. Equally as strong as human reasoning was a voice telling him to bring the man home for dinner. “Really? Take him home?” Jim seemed to hear a similar argument someone else had about a man who had caused much harm. “Okay, Lord.” Jim prayed, squelching the screaming warnings.
“What’s your name?” Jim asked the man.
“When was the last time you ate Buck?”
“Why don’t you come home with me? You can have dinner with us and then we can discuss what to do to help you out.”
Taken aback, Buck hesitated, he knew this is what Monroe wanted, but he wasn’t sure this is what he wanted. Suddenly he decided, “Sure; hey, I appreciate this.”
“No problem, just give me a minute and I’ll call my wife to let her know. I don’t like surprising Andrea with guests at the door. She gets a little upset at me.”
Jim disappeared into his office, and came out soon afterwards, “Andrea will set an extra plate. I’m all done here. Why don’t you follow me and I’ll lead you to my house.”
Buck got into his car and followed Jim’s Mustang as he started out of the driveway.
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