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THE ORANGE BLESSING

In the late 1800’s while crossing the Atlantic on an ocean-liner, the English Baptist pastor and evangelist F.B. Meyer was asked to preach to the first class passengers. At the captain's request he spoke on "Answered Prayer."

An agnostic who was present at the service was asked by his friends, "What did you think of Dr. Meyer's sermon?"

He answered, "I didn't believe a word of it."

That afternoon Meyer went to speak to the steerage passengers. Many of the listeners at his morning address went along, including the agnostic, who claimed he just wanted to hear "what the babbler had to say."

Before starting for the service, the agnostic put two oranges in his pocket. On his way he passed an elderly woman sitting in her deck chair fast asleep. Her hands were open. In the spirit of fun, the agnostic put the two oranges in her outstretched palms.

After the meeting, he saw the old lady happily eating one of the pieces of fruit. Smiling the agnostic said to her: "You seem to be enjoying that orange."

She replied, "Yes, sir, My Father is very good to me."

The agnostic man replied: "I don’t want to appear rude, but your father? Surely your father can't be still alive!"

With enthusiasm she replied, "He is very much alive."

"What do you mean?" pressed the agnostic.

She explained, "I'll tell you, sir. I have been seasick for days. I was asking God somehow to send me an orange. I suppose I fell asleep while I was praying. When I awoke, I found He had not only sent me one orange but two!"

The agnostic was speechless.

Yes, praying in God's will brings an answer.

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