This file was submitted by Lanette Curington.

                        HIS NAME IS BILL

 His name is Bill.  He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it,
jeans and no shoes.  This was literally his wardrobe for his entire
 four  years of college.  He is brilliant.  Kinda esoteric and very,
 very  bright.  He became a Christian while attending college.
 Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative
 church.  They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not
 sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there.  He walks in
 with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair.  The service has
 already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat.
 The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat.  By now
people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything.  Bill gets
 closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes there
 are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although
 perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust me, this
 had never happened in this church before!)
 By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is
 About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the
 church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill.  Now the deacon
 is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, a three-piece suit, and a
 pocket watch.  A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly.
 He walks with a cane and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone
 is saying to temselves, You can't blame him for what he's going to do.
 How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand
 some college kid on the floor?
 It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.  The church is
 utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane.  All eyes are
 focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing.  The people are
 The minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he
 has to do.  And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the
 floor.  With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to
 Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone.  Everyone chokes up
 with emotion.
 When the minister gains control he says, "What I'm about to preach, you
 will never remember.  What you have just seen, you will never forget.