Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 234

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 234

… In Comiskey Park, Billy Graham is on his knees, speaking directly from his throbbing heart…

How could any human being possibly explain (describe) or explain (clarify) what had just transpired. What started as Communion among believers (lots of) concludes with an experience that contains more questions than answers (???).

Present him a lame child, share a tale of terminal disease, bemoan a broken marriage; any of those is a walk in the park. In Comiskey Park, Billy Graham is on his knees, speaking directly from his throbbing heart, “Not everything that happens can be understood by man. What you have experienced tonight has not been staged. I am as stunned as you. But there is one thing you must understand about God; with God, nothing is impossible.

“You are going to go home to your families and tell them about the weird things that happened, on the way to revival. Just know this: you will never see anything like this again… until the Messiah returns to Earth to take us believers home with Him to Heaven.

“IF… if you have not made that critical decision to follow Christ, please come forward tonight; come to the altar of God to claim your eternal salvation! There will someone here to pray with you.”

Just as I Am, a hymn written by William Bradbury – lyrics from Charlotte Elliot, with George Beverly Shea and his bellowing baritones reciting the many verses in song:

Just as I am, without one plea,

But that thy blood was shed for me,

And that thou bid’st me come to thee,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

 

Just as I am, Thou will receive,

Will welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

Because Thy promise I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

Just as I am, Thy love unknown

Has broken every barrier down;

Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

And so, without fear or compunction, fully one-third of those left standing or able to walk, come forward to the altar call. They have chosen a new path, a path that is lined with A Father’s Love.


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 230

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 230

Chapter Twenty

A FATHER’S LOVE

…Reverend Billy instructs his flock (45,000 on 4/28/1951) on the reverent custom of Holy Communion… but the Devil is as irreverent as ever…

“My friends, Holy Communion is part of God’s covenant with mankind, to share in the body and blood of the resurrected Son of God, Jesus Christ who died for our sins, so that we would enjoy the promise of life everlasting.

“In a few moments, the same men who sold you things to eat and drink will distribute the elements freely among you. There are but two things I ask of you: One, only take the bread and wine if you have already or about to hand your life over to the Lord. And two, please do not partake of either until I have given the word. We will then share in this sacrament together, as did Jesus did with his Apostles the night he was betrayed.”

Reverend Billy instructs his flock (45,000 on 4/28/1951) on the reverent custom of Holy Communion.

Meanwhile“I love the word ‘betrayed’. Judas was such an easy score; buy him off with a sack of silver and he gives up the Divine One’s only human offspring! Born of a virgin mother, please! That is so turn-of-the-millennium!” The one and only Pentateuch, in the clothing of concession supervisor, is listening to the loudspeaker system, ready to administer his other duty, deploying the bread and wine of Communion. He has taken to talking toPhantom_Stranger himself, without an accomplice that will knowingly buy into his deadly plan.

He loves recounting his past successes, “Adam and Eve don’t count. All I did was demonstrate that paradise should not be enough and that they too could be gods. Humans are such flawed creatures.”

He believes it is his job to taunt the very God who created him.

“And what is it with all this fuss about revival? Every 50 of their miserly years or so, some fool bible-thumping fool will get lucky and turn enough heads that it has to be labeled an awakening. Wake up you fools!”

He relishes each new challenge.

But as sure as I exist, their fresh faith in the Father will only last until I can make them forget.”

–Great boss (and all around greasy guy) P. Joseph Winters oversees the staging of Communion, an institution that he only pretends to give a rat’s rooty-tooty about. He has added his own personal touch to the festivities, not necessarily a good thing any of the time.

His anticipatory enthusiasm is difficult to conceal, “Come on cool cats, eat and drink and be closer to your god!”

The Devil is as irreverent as ever.


Constance Caraway P.I.

Frosted Faith

Forever Mastadon


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