Ahoy! The Buccaneer Blogfest sales on. Today’s writing prompt requested an interview with a character from my novel. After some coaxing, Rose Gluck, the heroine of Happiness: How to Find It, reluctantly turned over to me an audio recording of an interview she did onstage at a 1991 Circuit Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses. To her chagrin I’ve transcribed her part of the program to give you a picture of where she comes from, but not where she is going. The storyline of Happiness picks up a few months after this interview was conducted, so think of it like a prequel. You’ll definitely want to check out the rest of the story on July 26 when Happiness debuts as a free online serial at Curiosity Quills Press.
YOUTHS WHO PUT GOD FIRST
April 27, 1991 – Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses; St. Louis MO
Brother Tim Halicky: Next up we have Sister Rose Gunk — er — Rose Gluck, from the Kent Springs congregation. She’s a high school senior and an auxiliary pioneer. So Sister Gluck what challenges have you had to face serving Jehovah whole souled while still in school?
Sister Rose Gluck: Well Brother Halicky it definitely can be a challenge dealing with peer pressure from worldly students. I appreciate the Faithful Slave’s reminders that ‘bad association, spoils useful habits.
TH: Now there was a particular horrifying experience that happened a short time ago; can you share that with us?
RG: Yes. I was alone and just leaving the locker room when a young man confronted me. He reached into his pants and he pulled out a pair of tickets to the prom. He wanted to know if I would go with him.
TH: Wow! What did you do?
RG: As a Christian, I know that the high school prom is definitely something to be avoided. As we know, it is a cesspool of worldly music, seductive dance, and even teen pregnancy. I recalled the account of Joseph in Genesis chapter twenty-nine. It is the story about how Potiphar’s wife confronted him. In first twelve it says, “Then she grabbed hold of him by his garment, saying: “Lie down with me!” But he left his garment in her hand and took to flight and went on outside.” In a similar manner, I ran out of the gym, even leaving my bag behind.
TH: Good girl! That also calls to mind the Apostle Paul’s command to “flee from fornication”. So as a high school senior are there any other challenges you have to face. I hear you are a good student.
RG: I am second in my class right now and my teachers and guidance counselors are constantly pressuring me to pursue higher education. I have to tell them my goal in life is to serve Jehovah God as a full time pioneer minister.
TH: What do they think of that?
RG: Well, they wonder what kind of life I’ll have.
TH: The everlasting kind!
TH: Sister Gluck, you are an exemplary example in the congregation. What has helped you take such a fine stand?
RG: The spiritual food that is provided by the Faithful and Discreet Slave keeps me on track. It never fails that whenever I have a problem, there will be a Young People Ask article in the Awake! magazine addressing that very thing — it really is food at the proper time. Also I appreciate that my grandmother has done a fantastic job raising me in the Truth since my own parents were lost to the world. Grams has served as a pioneer in the congregation for many years and I look forward to working with her teaching others about our happifying hope for the future.
TH: Thank you Sister Gluck!