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A Tale of Two Spirits
by Peter D. Mallett
09/26/04
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Author's note: I wrote this a few years ago around Halloween with October approaching I thought some might like to see it again.


There was a stinging chill in the air. The hour was late. Any person out tonight would really have to bundle up, but this day the streets were pretty quiet.

Quiet, except for the two spirits who met at the crosswalk that day. Normally they would be about their own tasks but today, perhaps just so you could overhear the conversation, the two stopped to talk.

They remarked about how they both preferred to work with bold, passionate enthusiastic people. They both understood that their objectives would not be accomplished through lukewarm people with mediocre attitudes toward life. Interestingly enough both spirits even had the same last name: Reaper.

The first to speak spewed smoke as he spoke,

"My goal is to convince enthusiastic people to live only for themselves. At all cost, you must reach for the highest position you can. From there others will respect you." Grim paused.

"I get people to accumulate as much stuff as they can. To put it on credit and keep it all to themselves. My favorite phrase is: 'You've earned it'. I know people wrestle with thoughts that there must be more to life than things and money. I get them to ignore those thoughts."

Grim chuckled loudly.
"Pride is a very useful tool. I tell people that life is long and that there will always be more time to do those important things."



Abundant Reaper, on the other hand, tried to find the enthusiastic people and let them know that life is but a vapor. A quiet peace and a soft glow showed as he spoke.

"I explain to them that they ought to think of others more highly than themselves."

"You see, God owns everything already. He will provide what you really need if you will ask Him to and allow Him to. I show people how they could make a lasting impact on their corner of the world. My objective is to show them their worth in God's eyes and not in things or position, or accumulated wealth."

Grim Reaper rocked back and forth on one foot not succeeding in hiding his disturbance.

"I desire them to see beauty in a sunset, and the abundant hope embedded in the promise of each new day. I want them to live life to the fullest by helping introduce them to Jesus, and assisting them to become children of God."



Visibly agitated Grim Reaper just could not understand the wisdom of Abundant Reaper, so he turned and quickly disappeared into the night.



Abundant Reaper prayed for limited success for his opponent and then asked God whom he was supposed to encourage next.



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Barbara Thompson-Young 27 Sep 2004
Intriguing writing. It seems to me there is more to this story....perhaps part two?




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