TANYA: (starts to look at NANCY quizzically) I know you, donít I?
TANYA: I recognize you from somewhere.
NANCY: I donít remember meeting you, but my name is Nancy, Nancy Thomas, nice to meet you (offers hand).
TANYA: (oblivious to offer of hand) No, that doesnít ring a bell. (goes back to sorting her laundry)
NANCY: (little befuddled goes back to folding her laundry and humming that still familiar tune)
TANYA: (loudly) Thatís it!
NANCY: (startled) Thatís what?
TANYA: I remember where I recognize you from. I recognize you from Church. I recognized that tune you were humming.
NANCY: Oh, you mean (insert favorite hymn). Yes, thatís one of my favorites. Whatís your favorite?
TANYA: Oh, well I really donít sing except for on Sunday like everyone else.
NANCY: Yeah, Iím no Judy Garland myself. Iím so glad that I can worship Him besides singing, arenít you?
TANYA: (not really getting it) Yeah, like I said, Iím there Sunday like everyone else.
NANCY: (a little starry eyed) Isnít it a beautiful day?
TANYA: (pause, looks at NANCY, looks out the window) Itís raining.
NANCY: (same cheerful disposition) Yeah. Isnít it great?
TANYA: Sure. (whatever)
NANCY: Hallelujah! (as she shows off a whiter than white, white) Will you look at how white that is!
TANYA: Yeah, it sure is.
NANCY: You know what it reminds me of?
TANYA: No, what?
NANCY: WellÖGodÖyou know?
TANYA: You mean because itís white?
NANCY: Remember the song? ďWhite as snow, white as snow, now Iím clean and forgivenÖĒ
TANYA: Oh yeah.
NANCY: (she is so inspired that she has to write that insight down) Mmm. Mmm. (still writingÖ.TANYA is beginning to wonder about this one)
NANCY: You know what else?
TANYA: No, what? (getting slightly annoyed)
NANCY: Well, itís like the detergent is the Christís blood and the water is the Holy Spirit and the power behind the washing machine is God, the Father.
TANYA: Is that all you ever think about? God?
NANCY: I try to worship my God in everything that I do.
TANYA: So do I, on Sunday, like everyone else.
NANCY: (tuning in a little more) Well you know, you donít have to wait until Sunday to worship. You can worship God every day of the week!
TANYA: Oh, well you know, I donít feel all that inspired to worship the Lord everyday. Iím a single mom just getting by and I donít like rainy days and I hate my jobó
NANCY: Thatís the best kind of worship, when itís a sacrifice to give it. Iím a single mom also, and Iím not too fond of rainy days either. Itís just that rainy days and sunny days alike remind me that I have this day to be thankful to the Lord for bringing me out of where I was at five years ago.
TANYA: Where were you at five years ago?
NANCY: I was just divorced. My husband was an attorney and knew how to work the system to where I got nothing except my child. He successfully persuaded the judge that I was an unfaithful wife and that the child was not his and that he owed me no alimony or support for the child.
TANYA: What a creep!
NANCY: That may be, but at least he was an honest creep. You see, I really was an unfaithful wife and the child wasnít his. I had nowhere to turn. The real father of the child wanted nothing to do with me when he found out I was pregnant. I deserved what I got.
TANYA: So, you came to church and found out about Jesus and got saved, right?
NANCY: No. You see, I was already saved. I had done all this as a child of God. I knew better. I was afraid to come back.
TANYA: (turns awayÖshe has her own guilt weighing her down) Oh. (she clutches on to soiled clothing)
NANCY: But I found out that Jesus still had grace left for me. I needed to be reminded that Jesus died for the sins that I committed while I was his child as well. I had no idea how far I could fall even as a child of God. I found out.
TANYA: (looking down) That mustíve been hard.
NANCY: Yes, it was. But once I realized that I was forgiven again and all that was behind me again in Godís eyes and that he still loved me when no one else would, how could I not want to give myself completely to HIM!
TANYA: And thatís why you worship God in everything that you do.
NANCY: Yes. Thanks for talking to me! (gathering her last few items of laundry and throwing them in the basket) I forget that I had so much to be forgiven and had dug myself into such a deep pit and Jesus got me out of it!
TANYA: Like everyone else.
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