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MY PEACE
by chandra mathis
10/01/05
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My life had been filled with bright

ideas. All the images of years gone by

were wheeling themselves through my

mind as I tried to figure out,

what next? I finished packing my

clothes for the trip home.

I noticed how worn out my suitcase

looked.

Beaten up with scuff marks all over it.

It's texture felt like thin,worn

leather. Even the hinges were a

bit rusted. Hmmm...This was the

mirrored image of me.

I was comparing myself to a piece of

worn out luggage? Yeah, that's was

me alright. Things are different now.

I left home at age twenty-one, gonna

make it big in Hollywood. I had some

high hopes of making it to

the top in a hurry. My parents were

totally against it of course . My

mother and father raised me in a

Christian home and Hollywood was not

the kind of future they wanted for

their baby girl.

I left for Hollywood with nothing

but a dream and piece of luggage.I had

plans to find a job once I arrived. I

would work and pay my way through

acting school. What a exciting future.

I thought that I had what it took to

become famous. Good looks ,sense of

humor and pretty good smarts too.

With all these qualities ,how could I

loose?

Two days later,I arrived in Hollywood .

My destination at last. It was

everything I expected far as people and

places go. I have to admit , I was

a little nervous. I didn't know anyone.

I waited for the traffic to slow so I

could cross the street. There was a

sign posted on a window that said,"need

waitress right away." What luck , I

thought as I hurried on into the

little Italian resturant and

applied for the job. I was hired

immediately .

After working for several months , I

had made some new friends. I even had a

boy friend. Things were going great. He

and I shared the same dream of making

it big in the movies. Although our

relationship was going rather well, I

realized that there was something that

my boyfriend was not telling me. I could

sense it.

Unfortunately, I found out what he was keeping

from me the hard way.

There was a local blood drive and I

volunteered to give some blood. They

took my blood and said thank you. I

felt like I had done my good deed for the day.

Two days later,I received a letter in

the mail from the blood bank. It read ,

"I am sorry to inform you,but we can not

accept your blood." "Your blood tested

HIV positive." I remember going numb

with shock. I nearly passed out.

I knew where it came from . It had to

be him. He was the only one that I had

been with. I was frantic and did not

know what to do. I cried all night.

The next morning, I didn't feel like

going to work. Why should I have gone?

I was dying anyway. I was thinking

hopeless.

That next Sunday morning,I wanted

to attend church. It had been some time

since I had been.

There was this little church down the

street . I entered in and sat on the

backrow.

The preacher was talking about

forgiveness and how Jesus had died for

our sins. I had heard this all before,

but never took it seriously. I walked

up to the front when the preacher gave

an invitation for Salvation. I accepted

Jesus as my Lord and Savior that day.

I stayed on in Hollywood for another

couple of years .I had kept the news

from mother and dad.I was dreading it.

I managed until I became too sick.

Then I had to have someone to care for me.

I remember calling home, mom I have some

good news and some bad news.

She was heart broken when I told here

about my having Aides, she was soon

filled with joy when I told her that I

was saved. She wanted me to come home.

So here I am packing my piece of worn

out luggage. I was like this piece of

luggage, I had been used just like

it had been. I may be dying,but now I

know where I will be going. That is my peace in

all of this.

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

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