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· Grace With Skin On It/Grace With Power

· Are You In The Transformation Mode? Jesus Then and Now

· World 1 & World 2, a study of 1st Peter

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· More Than Conquerors, part 2

· More Than Conquerors, part 1

· The Day God Saved Us From God


· Politics As Unusual and the Heavin Family

· Truth And The Gospel Of John--the resurrection

· Saying nothing and just listening


· My Very First....

· What makes the good old days the good old days?

· Human Value

· Temptation

· Pay Attention To The Details

· It's Better To Be Lonely And Alone Than To Be Lonely And With Someone

· Is Work and Paradise an oxymoron?

· Not Everyone Will Like You

· Life Is Not Fair



· Handing The Wrench Over To God, a 10 step series

· Still

· A Prayer For Spiritual Wisdom And Insight

· A Prayer From 2nd Corinthians Chapter 3 & 4

· A Prayer From Ezekiel 36:25

· The Blame Game

· Yes, I Do!

· I Promise

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They Smell, They're Dirty, And Should Be Held In High Esteem
By Ernie R Heavin
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Last edited: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
This short story is rated "G" by the Author.

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What if I was in the very presence of greatness (by God’s standard) and had not noticed?

By Ernie Heavin

(Note: I discovered this entry in an old notebook many years after the event. It was December 23,1998)

Last night my mother-in-law, Karen and my two little girls (Krissy and Valerie) rode the Light Rail to downtown Denver. The temperature was twelve degrees minus zero, not to mention the wind chill. My daughters were so cold they began to cry. On the ride back a couple had sat across the aisle from us that looked very much out of place. Even if they had been in the right place they would have looked out of place. They were in their late thirties, early forties. Their clothing was mismatched, a rather hodge- podge of sorts. They were dressed for necessity rather than fashion. The man wasn’t a stranger to anyone. He was just strange. “Merry Christmas” he said in a loud voice. “I have a present for you.” “Great” I thought to myself. “Of all the people to sit by us we sit next to a nut.” “Merry Christmas” he yelled again. “I have a present for you.”

The man then got up and handed each one of us a stick of incense. Why? Who knows? I think he was drunk, but I wasn’t sure. However, I could tell my mother-in-law was becoming uncomfortable with the situation so I started talking to them. I felt very uneasy having a conversation with them. However, something within me encouraged me to give them respect. That’s a funny (arrogant) statement, isn’t it? God’s Spirit having to prod me to give someone respect, someone made in the image of God.

When we arrived at our destination I told them it was nice talking to them (and by then it actually was) and wished them a Merry Christmas as well. I shook their hands, first the man’s and then the woman’s. The woman clasped her bare hands and cupped them over my gloves holding on tight. Very tight! I began to wonder if she was ever going to let go. I can’t remember the exact words she spoke, but it was something like, “Thank you, thank you for talking to us,” repeating it over and over again. I wondered when was the last time someone had bothered to speak to them. I’m sure by the way they looked and smelled they had been ignored, scorned, and maybe yelled at, but when was the last time someone had actually spoken to them?

Driving back home I wondered out loud why this couple was riding the Light Rail all night when it only went from one parking lot to another. “Homeless," my wife chimed in, “They’re most likely homeless and riding to keep warm.” Homeless? Those people! I had actually met some up close, close enough to hear them, smell them, and even touch them. Was it their fault? Did they refuse to work? Did they have a job? What difference did it make? I’ll have to admit that I was very uncomfortable with the scenario. After returning home and enjoying a hot cup of tea several thoughts raced through my mind; the woman’s tight grip, the persistent thanking me for treating her like a human being. Thank God she couldn’t read my mind. I feel ashamed to write this, but here it goes……….. I was also thinking, “Should I wash my gloves. No telling where her hands had been." However, to my credit I quickly rebuked myself for such an arrogant and asinine thought.

Too often we judge or value people simply by the clothes they wear, the degree(s) they have earned or the positions they hold. I can’t help but wonder if the very people we so easily dismiss as irrelevant are held in high esteem before God. Who would have ever thought that the Creator of the universe would choose a lowly servant such as Mary to come into the world? What if God chose His Son to be born in 1998? What if Joseph and Mary were riding the Light Rail, just to keep warm? What if I was in the very presence of greatness (by God’s standard) and had not even noticed?

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World 1 & World 2, a study of 1st Peter

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Grace With Skin On It/Grace With Power

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Are You In The Transformation Mode? Jesus Then and Now

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