After the pastor finished his sermon, he stayed at the doors and shook the people's hands as they went by, making sure to give a smile and a kind word to each one.
By the time he finished, most of the people milling around in the church lobby
had left except for a few. The pastor noticed in particular one elderly woman
who was sitting on one of the hallway plush benches, nearly in tears, rocking
back and forth. Concerned, the pastor walked over to her and heard her emit the
words, "How long, Lord? How long?"
Touched, he laid a hand on the white head. "Ma'am, God has heard you. I am
sure that he will come through for you," he said soothingly. She looked up
at him with a small smile and thanked him.
Feeling that he had done a very good deed, he turned and was about to walk out
the doors when one of the bathroom doors opened and someone came out.
The pastor definitely had a feeling of chagrin when the old woman yelled,
"Praise the Lord!" and ran inside.