PROVIDENTIAL CARE OR FLUKE?
Two books that offer a number of excellent stories that can be used as illustrations are those by Paul Aurandt: Paul Harvey’s the Rest of the Story (Bantam) and More of Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story (Morrow). Compiled originally for Harvey’s nationally syndicated radio series, the stories are built around the surprise ending format. One of my favorites is the one about West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice, Nebraska. Normally all of the good choir people came to church on Wednesday night to practice-and they tended to be early-well before the 7:30 starting time. But one night, Mar 1, 1950, one by one, two by two, they all had excuses for being late. Marilyn, the church pianist overslept on her after-dinner nap, so she and her mother were late. One girl, a high school sophmore, was having trouble with her homework. That delayed her, so she was late. One couple couldn’t get their car started. They, and those…
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