“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance. First Peter, chapter one, verse fourteen.” The girl who was speaking looked expectantly at Pastor Simon, who nodded in approval. She breathed a sigh of relief and sat down on the floor again.
,” Pastor Simon said. Carefully, Elizabeth stood, but continued to stare at
the wall behind the pastor’s head. “Why
must outsiders not be believed?” Elizabeth
“Very good,” Pastor Simon said.
sat down again as he moved on to the next person, who happened to be Morgan. Elizabeth
“Why must we memorize the Rose Bible?”
Morgan pondered this for far longer than
had thought about her answer. Elizabeth could feel her
friend struggling, the tension in the room building, and she willed Morgan to
speak quicker. However, she didn’t dare
look around at where Morgan was standing.
They had been given very clear instructions—this was an individual exercise. They were not to look around at their fellow
Children, they were to sit tall and not to slouch, they were not allowed to
help each other. They were merely
witnesses to each other’s successes…or failures. There would be no discussion. Elizabeth
“Morgan, we’re waiting…” Pastor Simon warned.
“Thy word is very pure: therefore the servant loveth it,” she recited as fast as she possibly could. Then she took a deep breath and added, “Psalms, chapter one hundred nineteen, verse one hundred forty.”
It was possibly the longest meeting
experienced in the Children. As usual,
she lost all track of time, but she was pretty sure that by the time they were
dismissed they had been at it for six hours.
After the quizzing ended, Pastor Simon had led them all in the longest
prayer possible before he dismissed them by declaring they had all passed and
would be moving up to Level Three.
Morgan and Elizabeth, both in a deep daze, stood outside in the middle
of the night, waiting for Sandra and Delia to pick them up and take them home. Elizabeth
As soon as the two girls pulled up in Sandra’s car (
had called when they got dismissed), both of them jumped out and embraced their
charges. “Congratulations! We’re so happy you passed!” Elizabeth
“You move up on Friday,” Delia announced.
“With us and Jacqueline!” Sandra cried.
Morgan and Elizabeth just smiled and stared at each other. Neither knew what to say. They hadn’t been given the answer to this.