John and the Herodians - From the What a Strange Little Man Series (Chapter 9, page 1 of 3)

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Chapter 9

Everyone gathered around the scroll and listened as I read.

"Woody, let your faith be strong. The contents of this unusual cylinder are for the purpose of launching a world-wide movement of My Holy Ghost. Follow these instructions and watch what I do. The medallions are for you, Tom, Joshua, and Bill. Wear them as a reminder of what I am calling you to do. The gel in the membrane contains a substance to bring John to life. Anoint him with it, and I will do the rest. Do not be afraid of the opposition, I will protect you. There is no chance of failure. What I have begun, I will also complete. Be strong."

I read as I looked closely at the scroll, then to Woody. "It's signed 'Jesus'," I said.

Woody picked up the medallions and handed one to each of the people as per instructions; Joshua had entered the room sometime while I was reading the scroll. Then Woody picked up the gel, walked over to John, broke it open and began to rub it on John's exposed areas as if he knew that was where he was supposed to put it. His arms, hands, legs, feet, and face were covered with the blue gel.

"Well, there you go," he started. "I guess that's how I should put it on him anyway. Now all we have to do is wait for Jesus to do the rest."

Woody cleaned his hands with a cloth that was lying on the lab table next to the cylinder.

"I feel like a cup of coffee," he said as if he had just won a victory.

We all adjourned to the kitchen and gathered around the table as Joshua brought cups and some coffee to the table. Mary offered to help, but Joshua insisted she allow him to serve. I could tell the contents of the cylinder was going to have a lasting affect on all of us as we sat in silence for quite some time before Woody spoke.

"Please sit with us, Joshua," He offered.

"Thank you, sir," He said as he sat and poured himself some coffee.

I wasn't much of a coffee drinker, but this had a unique flavor. I liked it.

"I added some cider to it, sir. I had hoped it would please you," Joshua said.

I raised my cup to him in salute, and sipped some more coffee.

"I think he is just trying to get you hooked on the caffeine," Tom suggested.

"After the news Mary gave me earlier, anything to help me deal with the excitement is a good thing," I said.

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