E-vangie Tales #50 The Hideous Silence


I didn’t have much fire last week. I was going through the motions trying to be faithful to talk about Jesus everyday, even though I didn’t really want to. But I had to, because people are really dying and going to Hell. Sometimes though, it doesn’t go as nicely as I would like and sometimes I feel like a total kook…

I thought that I would be rather clever on April 1st when I walked up to the counter at Supercuts and greeted the three ladies standing there with, “Happy Atheists Day!”

Three vacant stares returned my greeting.

“Uh, Happy Atheists Day,” I said a little more meekly. “A fool says in his heart there is no God, that’s what the Bible says.” Bemused looks.

Now the three vacant stares stared at each other. Then they all left, except one who dug through her purse for something at the cash register while ignoring me. There were no customers but I still had to sit down to wait for my “hairstylist.”

Barbara had an attitude. No warm hello or “How are you?” As I sat in her chair I said, “I got my haircut from you a year ago.” (see E-vangie Tales #2 at ) “Did you hear my greeting when I came in?”

“Yeah,” she said, “We just didn’t understand it.” She cut my hair without another word.

“Do you go to church?” I asked while paying my bill.

“At St. Lawrence across the street.”

“If you were to die today Barbara, would you go to Heaven or Hell?”

“I think Heaven.”

“Why Heaven? I asked.

“I’m not sure.”

“The only way you can get there is by believing that Jesus died for you, He did it all.”

Barbara glared at me as she took my payment, then walked to the back. I glanced over my shoulder in time to see her whispering something to the other Supercutters who came out of hiding.


Gus just about ignored me at Whole Foods, as I paid for my overpriced, organically grown, all-natural, gluten-free, something-or-other that my wife wanted.

Gus: How are you?

Me: Thankful, how about you?

Gus: Yeah.

Me: For what?

Gus: Life.

Me: Yeah? Who are you thankful to? (Gus thumbed through a book of ordering codes.) Gus, who are you thankful to? (He continued to thumb…)

I picked up my groceries and walked away.


And how was your week?

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