His Name is Bill

His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it,
jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years
of college. He is brilliant. Kinda esoteric and very, very bright. He
became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church.
They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go
about it. One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans,
his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill
starts down the aisle looking for a seat.

The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat. By now people are
looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and
closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes there are no seats,
he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior
at a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church
before!) By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the
church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is
in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, a three-piece suit, and a pocket watch.
A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane
and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves,
You can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you expect a man
of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?
It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly
silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are focused on
him. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The people are thinking, the
minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.
And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor.
With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and
worships with him so he won't be alone.
Everyone chokes up with emotion.

When the minister gains control he says,
"What I'm about to preach, you will never remember.
What you have just seen, you will never forget."

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