4/25/11 Goldie, 52
I sat down at McDonalds with an African-American lady named Goldie who had agreed to answer my questions. As it turned out, she had grown up in a strongly religious family, attending various Baptist church meetings every day of the week. However, over the years she has drifted into complacency about her faith and no longer attends church. She describes herself as a “shopaholic” and I detected what could possibly be compulsive, hoarding tendencies. She has suffered from poor health and survived 4 near death experiences, describing the spiritual visions that occurred during two of them. She now views herself as experiencing a sort of hell on earth. We talked a lot about different aspects of the Gospel, and I felt led to remind her of the parable of the sower and the seed which represents the Word of God being planted in the four different types of soil. I warned her that she has had God’s word planted in her life, but that she must be careful not to let the distractions of this world choke it out.