Time To Believe That God Is Always With Us

Friday night on the 24th of August I went through a religious experience like no other. My wife Janie and my two sons Josh and Eli and I had just returned from a wonderful time together as a family. We all were in the apartment down stairs still talking about something of interest when I decided to take my pet dog Oscar outside to do his business.
It must have been around eleven o’clock as it was a good time for him to do it before bedtime. I put the leash on him and told the boys that I would be back in a few short minutes as was customary for our dog to relief himself before daybreak. He went under a tree right outside our apartment and no more than fifty or so steps away from our bedroom window.
In less than two minutes or so I found myself fighting for my life. Soon as our dog was finished I proceeded to escort him back to our apartment and so I walk through the semi-dark parking lot. As I turned around to make the turn to our door a tall man approached me from behind a parked white van.
He ran straight towards me as the dog barked and I pulled on the leash. I was unaware that the man held a gun in his right hand and it was aimed at me. In the confusion and believing that my dog was out of control I hesitated to look at the man instantly until it was too late.
The six foot two or so man held the handgun right at my left eye and demanded my wallet. I refused and said no in a very stern voice not fully aware of what was really happening. He told me that he was robbing me and that I better hand over my wallet. It was at that moment that I knew I was in danger of getting shot in the head, but I also knew that if I panic he just might fire the gun regardless of what I did.
I held my ground as Oscar the dachshund tried to bite him. His hand kept changing positions as he tried to shoot at one of us. I told him not to shoot my dog and he tried to take my wallet, but with the dog viciously getting close to bitting his leg he let go and told me again to hand it over. When I responded with a no for an answer he again changed the weapon to his left hand and made a fist with his right as he was about to punch me.
I placed my left arm up to block the blow but the force still hit part of my arm and my left side of my head. However, I remained up right as I prepared to take a swing at him too. I was not fast enough as he took the gun back in his right hand and held it to my face.
I braced myself for a bullet and I told him that he could have the wallet and not to shoot because I had a family. I had two sons and a handicap wife were my next words as I believed that his next move would be my last. He kept telling me to turn around but I refused because I told him that I would not turn my back at him. I did not want to die with a bullet to the back of my head so I continued to tell him that the wallet was his but that I would not turn around.
Instead I extend my backend and told him to take the wallet and go. Well, he did take the wallet and demanded that I run. I hurried, but I did not run because it would mean I would have to give my back to him. He ran towards again, and I prayed that he would miss.
He pointed the weapon at my head, but didn’t fire. My older son heard the dog barking so loud that he went outside to see what was happening. I didn’t see the man run because I was preparing to hear the gun go off. Before I knew it my son was walking towards me and asking why the dog was barking. I told him to hide because I had just been robbed and the man had a gun and to call the police. Well, the rest is history as I am still alife to write the true account of this story.

Time To Believe That God Is Always With Us


Harlingen, United States

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A true account of how a robbery took place at gun point and I survived to tell the story.

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