i believe

the air was thick with heat.

we were munching our salad, slow as slugs, contemplating the designs on the table cloth.

mom paused, a smile catching the edge of her mouth and pulling up one side… “i remember how i knew i believed in Jesus,” she said.

we nearly jumped out of our skins, but hid it quite nicely, putting down our forks and turning to listen.

“i was walking past harveys restaurant. i looked into the restaurant, and suddenly i loved everybody that was sitting there. that’s how i knew i had found Jesus.”

my mind wrapped weary hands around a concept that’s long escaped me: peace. i found peace in my mother’s words. belief equals love.



  1. allie said,

    June 1, 2007 at 6:03 am

    wow! that’s one of the most beautiful thoughts i could imagine springing from a harvey’s table cloth design. 🙂 how lovely… how real… and how unexpected it must have been! thanks, em. pass on a hug to mom for me k?

  2. Pa Dow said,

    June 4, 2007 at 11:40 am

    “And they’ll know we are Christians by our…” [catechisms?] UHHH! You have been making your faith concrete by your love for your parents at their time of need. We feel it.

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