A Willing Heart

The six-year-old girl eyed the young man sitting next to her in the church pew; she’d never seen him in their church before. In fact, his few words of greeting to her father before the service started revealed a different accent than the little Scottish girl was used to hearing in their town.

She was eager to “show herself friendly” as the Good Book said, and make him feel at home. But how? In her mind she rehearsed the words “Welcome here. I’m glad you’ve come,” but she was too shy to actually say it. Still, might there would be some way?

Right then a hymn was announced, number 489. She saw the stranger pick up a hymn book. On impulse she slid over toward him and whispered, “I’ll help you find it. I know those big numbers can be hard to sort out.”

“Thank you so much,” he whispered back. “I can manage alright until 100, after that it gets tough.”

So she helped him locate hymn #489 and he offered to share the book with her. She smiled up at him and they sang the verses together, the Scottish lass in first grade and the Englishman with a Degree in engineering.

Quote of the Day:

If nobody ever said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth.

– Sir Allen Herbert

(Anecdote retold from an account in and old Friendship Book of Francis Gay.)

8 thoughts on “A Willing Heart

      1. Well worth it. Short fiction often makes me cringe a little (some people try too hard to be “short fiction authors” – I don’t know if you get what I mean!) But your style is not AT ALL like that- very easy, flowing and genuine- I like it 🌺

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  1. Aww, this is so cute!

    I love the quote, too, it’s so true. I’m often afraid of saying something ignorant. I have to remind myself that when I do say something like that, it gives others an opportunity to correct me or explain this and that so that I, in turn, have an opportunity to learn, while if I’d kept it to myself, I’d have stayed ignorant.


    1. I’m glad she had the courage to speak up and I’m glad he gave the kind, gracious answer he did. I’m like you; I’d sooner “be silent and be thought a fool than speak up and remove all doubt.” 🙂
      Yet I have some serious regrets when I look back at the times I felt I should say something and I didn’t.

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