Friends, my Executive Assistant, Eugene Vigil, has an enlightening take on the Kavanaugh situation. Life teaches us that emotional responses to real or imagined injustice and desires can have unexpected results. Sometimes, as with Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, there is malice. Other times, as with Eugene’s situation there are mistakes. You decide! Enjoy this guest blog. —Alveda
The situation with the Kavanaugh appointment has called an old memory about a furniture sale to surface for me. Meanwhile, I am praying for Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh and the whole situation they find themselves in.
I don’t know what happened because I wasn’t there. But what I do know is that there are some people who will do anything to keep Judge Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court. They are even willing to rule out the possibility of Dr. Ford’s emotions overriding reality. They will do anything to protect their power no matter who they hurt. May God have mercy on their souls! I can say this because my own emotions once caused me to make a big mistake.
Memory is a funny thing. I know mine has gotten worse over the years. But I want to share a story of one particular time in my life. The year was in late 1998 or early 1999. I was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the time with my wife, two adopted children and a foster child.
My wife and I purchased a nice dining room table and eight upholstered chairs. It was the nicest one we had ever owned. It wasn’t too expensive because we purchased it on sale.
After we had had the set for a year or so we started having problems with the chairs. A couple of them began to come loose where the back of the chair met the back part of the seat. I called American Home Furniture store and explained the issue to them and they were very helpful. They asked me when I had purchased the dining room set and I told them that I wasn’t certain because I couldn’t find my receipt. I was able to nail it down to a two-three month time period.
They agreed to send out a repair person to fix the chairs which they did. He worked on either two or three chairs. I don’t quite remember.
A month or so later the problem returned and I called the store again. This time they wanted to look up the receipt in their system because I had purchased them on my credit account. They said they would review their records and get back to me.
A day or so later they called me back and said they couldn’t find the purchase I had made. I insisted that I had made the purchase and I always bought my furniture from them. My purchasing record testified to the accuracy of my statement. We spend a lot of money at their store over the years. I insisted that they send someone out to fix the chairs they sold me. Again, they agreed to do that.
Much to my dismay in a short time the chairs started wobbling again. That was it. I was going to ask them to replace the whole set.
I called and spoke to the manager of the store and we went over the situation of no receipt and his search that didn’t turn up a purchase in their system or on my account. Again I was insistent and I wanted him to resolve the problem. It took some convincing over about a half hour conversation to get him to agree to take the table and chairs back so I could purchase a different set.
I don’t know what happened but just as he had agreed to my demands an epiphany occurred. Just like that I realized that we hadn’t purchased the dining room set from them but from Montgomery Ward when they were going out of business. Boy, did I feel like a fool.
I explained to the manager what had just occurred and apologized and offered to pay them for sending out a repairman twice. The manager was very graceful and said that he appreciated my honesty and said that I didn’t need to pay them.
I could have just kept my mouth shut and I could have had a new dining room set. But that would have been dishonest. It wasn’t easy admitting to the manager that I had made a mistake not once but over several months. I was 100 percent sure that I had purchased the dining room set from their store. But I had made a huge mistake.
Like I said at the beginning, memory is a funny thing.
I thought about this incident as I was watching the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing when he and Dr. Ford were testifying. So much was made of Dr. Ford being 100 percent sure that it was Judge Kavanaugh that assaulted her. But I know from personal experience that someone can be 100 percent sure of something and still be mistaken.
I didn’t set out to defraud American Home Furniture. I was 100 percent sure I purchased the table and chairs from them. But at the end I did the right thing and told the manager that I had made a mistake.
I am praying for Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh and our nations during this most difficult times.
Thanks Eugene. Let’s pray that the same grace that helped Eugene will help shed light on the issue of SCOTUS now. The lives of the innocent babies are hanging in the balance.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
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