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*Joe McKeever told the story of a little girl named Rachel

-Like many preschoolers, Rachel had a problem waking up in the middle of the night, scared & crying... --The only thing that would sooth her fears was crawling into bed with her mom & dad.

*But Mom had to go out of town for a few days on business...

-That’s when Dad came up with a new solution:

-Rachel, I have an idea... -While Mom is away...

--Suppose I sleep in your room on the top bunk bed.

*She thought it was a great idea... -And that night, Rachel went to sleep on time.

*A couple of hours later, when her dad crawled into the top bunk, she was sound asleep... -And she slept like that all night.

*The next morning, Dad congratulated her on a full night’s sleep...

-It’s because you were in the room with me, she said.

*But how did you know I was there? Dad asked.

-You were asleep when I came in & you never woke up the whole night

*Rachel answered: -Because you said you would be there.

*Church, Jesus said He would be here with us today...

-In Matt 18:20, He said:

--Where 2 or 3 are gathered together in My name,

I am there in the midst of them.’

Adapted from KERUX ILLUSTRATION COLLECTION ID Number: 9963 SOURCE: Baptist Press, TITLE: Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real AUTHOR: Rev. Joe McKeever; First Baptist Church of Kenner, Louisiana DATE: 10/22/02

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