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My Friend Who Burned to Death

Well, I make it a point to be friendly toward people of all walks of life. I especially feel for those less fortunate, including those some would call mentally challenged, or, perhaps a better term might be mentally misaligned.

A man I once met, in his late 70s, had a girlfriend in her 80s. They were alike in their afflictions. But they were kind hearted.

I offered the man a Bible study and he accepted. The woman did not like us. As the man made progress in his understanding, the woman became ever more friendly. They both attended our meeting hall for worship. They were informed they'd need to tie their dog up, outside.

The man's life had been damaged because he'd accidentally been involved in the loss of his wife's life, when she was in her 20s. Needless to say, the man was never right again.

One day, when the man was experiencing an episode, I called at his house. He was hosing down the inside of the house. He never responded to my beck and call. Later, probably as the result of an electrical short, he burned the house down.

Some months later, during a colder time of the year, his girlfriend called him when he was visiting friends and asked him to return to start up their propane heater. Apparently he did so.

The next day I heard the tragic news. The propane heater was inside their camper, which had but one entrance. It caught fire and exploded. The couple was heard to scream, and they lost their lives that night before anyone could do anything to help.

I still maintain a small gift Bobbi (the woman) gave me as a kindly gift of appreciation. I look forward to seeing them in the resurrection back to earth. - Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29.

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MegL wrote on January 8, 2018, 3:27 AM

Very sad. Some people have very hard lives. It never hurts us to be kind and you never know, it may help the other.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 9, 2018, 10:22 PM

You are very good at turning a human tragedy into a story of hope and inspiration. Keeping it real is your style.

VinceSummers wrote on January 10, 2018, 7:39 AM

Thanks. And, of course, Anthony, there was more to the story.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 10, 2018, 9:09 PM

I figured it was a very personal story to tell.

VinceSummers wrote on July 24, 2018, 8:44 AM

One day I met another couple and began studying the Bible with them. I mentioned my friends who died in the family, when the woman told me they were friends! In fact, they were the ones the poor soul was visiting when he was called back to turn on that heater.