They sat in silence, the melody from the house floating around them, creating longing for dancing, for joy.
“Yup, useta come here every day when I’se a little guy. Ustah watch and wait and hope somebody’d say, ‘Whydoncha come in.’ But it never happened. Don’t come anymore. Don’t even wanna see the place ’cept once in a while, like tonight, for the celebration. But them, the wretches, they haven’t lost hope.”
“Them?” said Evalyn All. “Who do you mean?”
“Why, them!” shouted the old man. “Them, them, them!” He threw his hand toward the shadows and shades of the darkness.
Evalyn peered, her eyes squinting, but she could see nothing in the night.
“Come on! I’ll show them to ya,” he cried and impatiently grabbed her arm, dragging her after him.
Evalyn All stumbled in the blackness. The old man was rough, not careful to protect her, as they rushed to the back of the house. The smell of baking bread began to reach her. Her knees buckled, but her companion was relentless in his pursuit.
“Them! Them!” he screamed and pointed. “Them’s the ones that’s hungry!”
Suddenly, Evalyn All could see. Standing by the iron fence was a group of people, emaciated, starving skin barely stretching over bone. They drooled at the mouth and sniffed at the air as though smelling enough would fill their hollows inside.
For decades, Karen Mains and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This microfinance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
In addition, pastors will find special resources to help them create effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.