Out of the Pit (Short Story — Day 2)

Brad entered the living room with Lexie behind him.

“David, I’d like you to me my sister, Lexie.”

Brad took a side step so that David could see Lexie.  David extended his right hand to Lexie and she gingerly placed her right hand in his.

“Lexie, it’s a pleasure to meet you.”

“Thank you.”  It was barely a whisper.

David was struck by her beauty.  She was petite and just a few inches more than five feet tall.  Her hair was a cascade of rich, auburn curls, her skin a flawless, creamy white.  But it was her eyes that held him captive.  They were like two deep indigo pools he could easily drown in, and yet, he could see such pain and sadness in those eyes that it caused his heart to ache for this beautiful, but obviously tortured, woman.

“Come and get it,”  Patty called from the dining room, and the spell was broken.  David released Lexie’s hand and they walked to the dining room.  David was happy to be seated across from Lexie so he could bask in her beauty while he ate, but he had to constantly remind himself not to stare.  He didn’t want to make her any more uncomfortable than she already was.

Lexie thought David was attractive, but she wouldn’t say “hot”.  He had sandy colored hair and light brown eyes with flecks of gold.  His eyes were kind, but they were also probing, and he had an air of self-confidence but not in excess, and there was something else . . .  He seemed to have a peace surrounding him.  That was the thing Lexie found most attractive about him.

“So, Lexie, Brad tells me you work at a bakery.”

“Yes.  Paulette’s Bakery and Pastry Shop down on Brindle Street.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever been there.  Have you been working there long?”

“Seven years.”

Brad noticed that Lexie wasn’t making it easy for David.  She gave short answers and asked no questions.

“Lexie, why don’t you tell David about your dog?  You like dogs, don’t you, David?”

“Why, yes, yes, I do.  We had a Bloodhound when I was growing up.  My father and brother liked to hunt.”

“I have a black Labrador Retriever.  His name is Bo.”

David noticed Lexie’s eyes light up a bit at the opportunity to talk about her dog, so they talked about Bo and dogs in general, until it was time for dessert.

After the deep dish apple pie and vanilla ice cream were served, Lexie said, “What kind of work do you do, David?”

“I’m a pastor.  Actually, I’m the associate pastor at the church that Brad and Patty attend.”

David saw the change in Lexie’s demeanor immediately.  She threw Brad a look that was both wounded and angry and the bit of relaxation she had shown in her posture was gone.  He also noticed a hint of guilt on Brad’s face, and dessert was finished in silence.

After dessert, they retired to the living room where David began the conversation.

“Do you attend church anywhere, Lexie?”

“No, Pastor, I don’t.  I don’t see a need for religion in my life.”

“It’s not about religion.  It’s about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and we all need a Savior.”

“But not everyone can be saved, can they, Pastor?”

David knew he must tread lightly on this subject with Lexie because it was obvious she thought that her sins were too grievous to be forgiven.  Now he understood a little better about the pain, sadness and anger that were in her eyes.  He was also well aware of her attitude change toward him as he was no longer “David” but “Pastor”.

“Yes, Lexie, sadly it is true that not all will be saved, but those who learn about Jesus and believe that He died for their sins will be saved.  It is very liberating to know and believe that Jesus died for your sins, as it lifts the heavy burden of carrying a multitude of sins from your shoulders.”

“Surely there are sins that are too bad or have been repeated too many times to receive such, uh, forgiveness?”

“No, Lexie, nothing is too big and nothing has been repeated too many times.  The Lord Jesus Christ died for all sin — the sins that were in the world while He walked among men and the sins of men and women who have not even been born yet.”

Lexie stared at David for a long time, not saying anything.  David held her gaze without faltering and silently prayed that God would let Lexie see that he was telling her truth.

After several minutes, Lexi rose from her chair.  She thanked Brad and Patty for dinner, told David it was a pleasure to meet him and excused herself.

When Lexie was out the door, Patty began to cry and Brad’s face broke into a big grin.

“Oh, David, what a blessing.  We have never been able to talk to Lexie that much about the Lord.  Thank you so much.  I’m sure you’ve given her something to think about.  We just need to continue to pray that the Lord will soften her heart toward Him,”  Brad said.

“I’m glad that she was willing to listen to as much as she did, and I will pray for her too.”

Lexie didn’t know why she had stayed and allowed David to talk to her about his religion.  She had never let Brad or Patty get farther than one sentence on the subject.  But there was something genuine and sincere about David, not that Brad and Patty weren’t but she thought it was different because she knew them so well and knew Brad before he knew the Lord.  It was clear that David really believed what he said, and he seemed so comfortable with himself.  Oh, how she wished she could be comfortable with herself.

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