Dear Friends, “The Blame-taker, a Christian short story,” is about self-sacrifice. I wrote it before I fully grasped its significance and what it may reveal to us about ourselves. It holds much for us to contemplate about Jesus as well. See you on the next page!—David Telbat
by D.I. Telbat
Joey realized at the young age of four that being a hero wasn’t easy. His older sister was only seven when she stole warm cookies from the kitchen and ate them. Their mother discovered the missing cookies later. When his sister failed to step forward, Joey did for her, and received the reprimand in her place.
When he started school, Joey found himself surrounded by little troublemakers. There was never a shortage of pranks, or missing hall passes, or defaced bathroom stalls, for which to take responsibility when others kept quiet about the mischief. His parents contemplated private school early on, but then found that Joey’s propensity for trouble would disqualify him from most good schools.