The Gospel and Cigarettes

Carrying coffee, my heart pounding out of my chest, I knew the conversation we were about to have. Discussing pleasantries of our week, we sat down on a bench in the park and watched the ocean.

Joy and I had been friends for a while, we met at a wedding and grew a friendship from there. She knew about my life and I had heard all about hers. Joy knew I was a Christian, but we had commonalities in our views of global politics and the beauty found in diversity.

As she lit her cigarette, I began to tell her how excited for Easter I was because it’s one of my favorite holidays. Having never really heard the meaning behind Easter, Joy asked me to explain more. With my heart fluttering, I sensed from the Holy Spirit this was the moment to share about Jesus.

We started into the conversation lightly, discussing the life of Jesus and why this day is so significant to Christians. But soon the conversation delved into the hope of Jesus found in knowing He rose from the dead. To Joy, this was completely opposite of what she heard of Jesus in her Muslim upbringing. But with her hair blowing in the wind and smoke, we talked about Jesus and His salvation for the rest of our time sitting at the park.

I would like to say Joy heard this conversation and instantly the light bulb went on and she became of follower of Christ. Instead, Joy chewed on the words and now they sit within her memories because she has heard the truth and she knows how loved she is by God that He would send His Son for her.

The Holy Spirit moved, on a park bench that day—and I pray one day my friend comes to know Jesus and becomes a bright light to the world around her.

Abi Khavari traveled the world, writing for a non-profit agency in the Middle East. She now lives in Colorado, got married recently, and is starting her Masters of Counseling this spring.

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