This is a true story. Only the names and locations have been changed.
The high-pitched roof of the sanctuary blocked the morning sun from the office windows, but by two in the afternoon, the light was streaming in and the office was growing warm. Russ pulled on the cord to adjust the blinds. He turned the slats upward to cut the glare on his computer screen.
His morning had been productive. Russ usually outlined his sermon on Tuesday. He researched the text and read commentaries on Wednesday. On Thursday he located the right illustrations and wrote the manuscriptif everything worked on schedule.
This week it had.
The fire of this message burned in his bones. He would review his notes several times over the next two days, then step up to the pulpit Sunday and deliver the word of the Lord with skill and passion. This would be a good one. He could feel it.
Russ hadn't thought of lunch; he wrote while the words flowed. Eileen's clatterings in the outer office hadn't bothered him this day. She had deflected a couple of phone calls. Thursdays were important to Russ, and Eileen was protective of them. Only once had she interrupted him with a question about the order of service. And he heard her muttering when the folding machine started wrinkling the bulletins. After a jam and some loud banging, she had decided to fold the bulletins by handagain. "Get a better crease that way," she said.
Now, the only noise was the occasional turning of pages as she read a novel. Russ glanced at the clock.
"Is the bulletin done?" he called through the door partly open between their offices.
"Yes." Eileen was efficient.
"What time do your kids get home?" He knew the answer.
" 'Bout three-fifteen." It was almost three.
"If everything's ready for ...