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Trader Jakes – Issue 896- June 26, 2020

“In God we trust” Page 9

They were in the firehouse eating dinner when the call came in; a

house fire with people still inside. They left their dinner, threw on

their turnouts and raced to the fire. It was in a nice neighborhood

with lots of children. When they got to the house it was a blaze.

Neighbors were outside screaming, “there are children inside,

hurry”. Some of the fireman ran into the burning house with their

hoses to find the children, while the others started putting water on

the burning house with long heavy hoses. Inside the smoke was

thick and it was hard to see. They could not find the children so they

split up. Each one took a different direction. Then the call came in;

the only child still in the house was a little girl. The smoke was thick

and the flames were hot. It was an awful place to be, but all the fire-

men could think of was the little girl. As one of the men were crawl-

ing on the floor, he felt something. As he touched it she moved. He

hollered out, “I have her”. As he turned around to head out, the fire-

man tucked her into his coat; he could hardly see anything. He was-

n’t sure which way to go because he was so intent on finding the

girl. “Which way did I come,” he thought. He was completely dis-

orientated.Then he saw a woman; she was standing against the

burning wall. She was lit up by the flames and she was wearing a

long flowing dress; but she was not burning. He noticed she was

pointing toward another place that looked like another wall. She

didn’t say a word she just pointed. He decided to follow her lead. As

he crawled along the floor with the little girl in his coat he noticed

that the woman was leading him to a door. He started to move faster

being careful of the girl; remembering to share the oxygen with her

so she could breathe. Soon they were outside in the fresh air. He

looked around but could not find the woman that had saved them

both. Where had she gone? He had only looked away for a second

and she was gone. It was then that he realized that she was an

Angel sent by God to save them both. Both the Fireman and the lit-

tle girl had some smoke inhalation; after some medical attention

they both recovered completely. Thank God for Angels!

A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people were

in and out of the cold.The little boy was so cold that he wasn't try-

ing to sell many

papers.He

walked up to a policeman and

said,"Mister,you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could

find a warm place to sleep tonight would you ? You see, I sleep in

a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful

cold in there for tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place

to stay."The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, "You

go down the street to that big white house and you knock on the

door. When they come out the door you just say John 3:16, and

they will let you in."So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked

on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,"John

3:16." The lady said, "Come on in, Son."She took him in and she

sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fire-

place, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought

to himself: John 3:16...I don't understand it, but it sure makes a

cold boy warm. Later she came back and asked him "Are you hun-

gry ? "He said, "Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days,

and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,"The lady took him in

the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He

ate and ate until he couldn't eat any more. Then he thought to him-

self: John 3:16 ...Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes

a hungry boy full. She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge

bathtub filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for a

while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ..I sure don't

understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy clean. You know, I've

not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever

had was when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they

flushed it out. The lady came in and got him. She took him to a

room, tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up

around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the lights. As

he lay in the darkness and looked out the window at the snow com-

ing down on that cold night, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ..I

don't understand it butit sure makes a tired boy rested.The next

morning the lady came back up and took him down again to that

same big table full of food. After he ate, she took him back to that

same big old split bottomrocker in front of the fireplace and picked

up a big old Bible. She sat down in front of him and looked into his

young face."Do you understand John 3:16 ?" she asked gently. He

replied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last

night when the policeman told me to use it,"She opened the Bible

to John 3:16 and began to explain to him about Jesus. Right

there, in front of that big old fireplace, he gave his heart and life to

Jesus. He sat there and thought: John 3:16 -- don't understand it,

but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.You know, I have to confess I

don't understand it either, how God was willing to send His Son to

die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't

understand the agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as

they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense

love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end..I don't under-

stand it, but it sure does make life worth living. John 3:16 For God

so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoso-

ever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Fireman and The Angel

A LITTLE BOY’S PRAYER

BadBoyBeef Tacos

Categories: Beef Sandwiches Yield: 2 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

Oil for frying

1 Onion; chopped

3 Cloves garlic; minced

1 pounds Ground beef

1 teaspoon Cayenne

1 teaspoon Oregano

1 teaspoon Cumin

1 teaspoon Chili powder

Salt and pepper

8 Corn tortillas or taco shells

PROCEDURE:

In a large skillet, pour in some oil and gently cook the onion for about 5 minutes. Add

the garlic and meat to the onion and fry for a few minutes. Add the spices and herbs

with salt and pepper to taste, and mix well, continuing to fry until the meat is fully

cooked. Drain and keep warm. If you are using tortillas, wrap them in tin foil and warm

in a low oven for a few minutes until soft. Spoon some of the meat mixture into a tor-

tilla and garnish with any or all of the garnishes. Put the "drier" items on first, followed

by the "wetter" ones. Fold the tortilla over and eat. It is important not to overfill the

tortillas or it all falls apart. If you are using taco shells, follow the same procedure

(except for the folding bit) and caution. The most interesting way to eat these is to vary

the toppings so that each taco is a new taste sensation. Serve with refried beans and

a beer. Serves 2. Garnish with Shredded Lettuce, Grated Monterey Jack Cheese,

Chopped Jalapeno Chilies, & Cilantro, Taco Sauce, Guacamole & Sour Cream