Angel walked along the sandy beach, taking in the sights and sounds around her. She could smell the distinct salty ocean smell in the air. She loved the hot sand on her feet, and she loved to watch the birds and sea-life all around her.
Oh, How I wish I could be a bird or a dolphin. I could swim or fly all day and not have a care about anything except how to eat and survive.
Her thoughts now consumed her much like the ocean just consumed a surfer. She stopped and wondered if the surfer was ok but she soon saw him pop up out of the water and he was now swimming back to the shore. Angel continued walking along the beach as the wind whipped her sundress around.
I used to think that when I got older I could do what I wanted and I wouldnít have any consequences. That the only reason I had them as a kid was because I got caught doing something I wasnít supposed to, or that my parents just had to punish me because thatís what parents do. I was dead wrong.
Angel was now a college student. She was on summer vacation and would soon start her second year at a very expensive four-year college. In her first year of college it was a whole new world. She had her very first serious relationship with a third year student. Her roommate, Lydia, turned out to be a great friend but she was a very religious girl.
Religion never entered Angelís life, at least not until Lydia became her good friend. She never pushed religion on Angel and never preached at her, she was just there for her like a friend should be. Angel ended up attending church with Lydia and eventually gave her life to God. She then realized that the relationship she had with her boyfriend was not commendable.
I have to admitÖI miss Jordan. He was a great boyfriend, although he did pressure me so many times. It was actually weird. Right after I became a Christian was when he started pressuring me, but before he didnít. We never even talked about Sex before I became a Christian. I never told him I was a Christian until later, but I knew God was telling me that this was not a good relationship and that itís best that I break up with Jordan.
Angelís goal was to become a great Christian and help others. She wanted to be there for many, many people. She knew it would be hard, but she knew she had to do it too.
I just have to be there for everyone and be a good role model. I need to help people find the Lord and realize that Jesus died for us. He loves us unconditionally and they need to know it.
Angelís thoughts were now fading out of her mind and she was snapped back to reality. Her life past before her eyes as she lay on the Church floor. Her hand rose to her left shoulder and touched the bullet wound. Thoughts from that night now flooded her brain.
Everyone was having so much fun. The band was awesome and everyone was worshipping the Lord. Hands were raised and eyes were closed. Tears ran down every face as they silently prayed. It was the first week back to college and we were all celebrating our return. No one heard the men come in. We heard the gun shots echo through the Church, it sounded like a train was coming right at us at full speed.
Angel didnít know how many were hurt or who was hurt. She twisted her head to see and she gasped. Her eyes were huge as fear was on her face.
Angel managed to reach over to Lydia and they held hands and cried a prayer.
ďWe donít know why this has happened, Lord but we know you have a reason. If this is our time to leave earth and be in Heaven with youÖWe are ready to come home to you.Ē
Those were Angelís last words as she and Lydia both quietly slipped away to Heaven to be with our Father God.
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