12/27/09 Abraham, about 65
I finished my grocery shopping and initiated a conversation with an older African-American man named Abraham. He said he'd like to know if he will go to heaven, but felt there is no way of knowing. He is Catholic and told me this is just not a question they talk clearly about at church, but he agreed that in view of eternity it really will be the most important question one could ask. We talked about how we can know, and agreed that it doesn't really matter what we think about it - in the end only the truth will matter. We need God's word on this, not man's opinion. I asked if he had a choice between Church tradition, the Pope's teachings or the Bible, which would be most important and his choice was the Bible. "Do you know what the Bible teaches about eternal life?" He didn't, and wanted to know so I went on to explain the Law and Gospel right there next to the meat case at Save A Lot grocery store. People passing by seemed curious, some seemed to hang out within hearing distance, one woman cheered me on, and Abraham responded with agreement, interest and concern. He was glad to take additional info. This is one grocery shopping trip he won't soon forget.