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01:23 pm: The Six-Year-Old Behind The Column:
 
When my mother was six years old, back in the late 1930s, her family went to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Back then, my mother was chubby, and her idol, the person at the circus she most wanted to see was the Fat Lady. 

During the intermission, my mom went down to the side shoe to get a look at the Fat Lady. She snuck up behind a column and peeked around in fascination. As she was standing there, a man who was part of the audience that was streaming by called out: “I’d rather be dead than be you.”
 
My mom was mortified that anyone would treat her idol so poorly. Standing behind the column, she closed her eyes and began saying the Lord’s Prayer with all her might. She got as far as “Thy will be done!” and a great sense of peace came over here – as if she could feel God’s will being done.
 
Fast forward about thirty years to the late Sixties or early Seventies. My mom – who had lost her extra weight by age eight and had been slender as a rail ever since – was watching TV with my brother and I when we were young (a rare occurrence), and a show came on in which a handsome business woman was being interviewed about a book she had written. Turns out, it was the same woman, the one who had been the Fat Lady.
 
During the interview, the interviewer asked her what had  turned her life around, what had made her go from being the Fat Lady to being thin and fit. The woman then described the same incident – that a man had called out from the audience that he’d rather be dead than be her. She said this had struck her and had lead to her eventually changing her life
 
Which just goes to show…you never know when there might have been a six year old praying behind a column.
 

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From:headnoises
Date:November 9th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
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....I'm actually choked up by this.

Thank you.
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From:kokorognosis
Date:November 9th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
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Six years olds behind the column, or perhaps, writers posting on blogs.

Thank you :)
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From:kokorognosis
Date:November 9th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
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Heh... that may not have come out the way I wanted it too :p
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From:juliet_winters
Date:November 9th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
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A question was posed at my study group as to positive ways to interact with other believers. The other folks there are in their 50s and 60s, so when I mentioned blogs they were a little surprised. They knew what blogs were, but had previously dismissed them as some much mental/spiritual candy floss.

Very nice witness, Jagi. Thank your mother for me for sharing it.
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From:carbonelle
Date:November 11th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:saintjoi
Date:December 4th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I had a similar experience the other day: I go to a Plato discussion group at a professor's house on Wednesday nights, and on my route there is a strip club. Everytime I drove past it, I would say a quick prayer for anyone who worked there or was a customer. 3 weeks ago, it closed. Does it have anything to do with my prayers? Not a clue. But it was interesting.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 9th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)

original

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A creative way to present a testimony.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 24th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Jagi, I LOVE this....and I even anticipated the "fat lady" remembering that moment....it seems to fit with your mom's life (from another story you had told me about her life.) This makes me want to be sure to lift up every moment, no matter what the circumstances are! Thank you for sharing it.
From:ext_97492
Date:April 28th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)

Circus

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You know me - circus girl. This is one of my favorite stories of all time. All Time. Love love love, JodiB
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