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Topic: Happy (07/12/07)
TITLE: A Change of Heart
By Trevas Walker
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It had been a horrible day. The day started going wrong on his way to work, the first time in a month he had decided to walk, and it had begun to rain when he was only halfway there. The day at work had started with his boss laying into him. For the entire day after that nothing seemed to go right: the copier broke, his co-workers all seemed as grumpy as the boss, he had lost one of his top accounts, and at the end of the day his key had broken as he tried to lock up the building leaving him to call a locksmith. The whole day had been synonymous with the way his life was going this past year, joyless and sad.
<i>Maybe I am depressed</i>, Eric thought to himself as he walked,<i>I never used to let things get to me like this.</i>
With that thought Eric continued on his walk, he had chosen a different route to get home this time. Rounding the corner he noticed a cedar well sitting in front of a church. The well was for decoration only, but looked real in size and shape. A bucket hung by rope from the spindle that spanned the uprights of the well. On the front of the well hung a small sign, with red lettering, that read “With Joy You Shall Draw from the Wells of Salvation.”
The well and the sign reminded him of his grandmother. Although she was no longer with them, he remembered her well. Grandma May had been a small frail woman, but tough to the core. Her life had been a life of hardship. At twenty-six her husband had died, killed in the war, leaving May to raise four children alone. Through hardship and a troubled life she had always walked with a smile, had lived a life of faith and love. Eric remembered the joy that the woman had spread to everyone who met her.
As he walked Eric pictured the old woman’s face, and remembered one of the things she had said to him the last time he had been with her. It had been a time of struggle in Eric’s life, recovering from a drug addiction, he had stayed with her. As Eric thought back to that time, the day he had been leaving, her words ran through his mind. “Always remember to thank God for what you have Eric, live with love always in your heart. God never promised life would be easy, but he promised to be with us through it all, even when we make mistakes.”
Rounding the corner to home, the sign and the memory still fresh in his mind, Eric remembered all that he had. Although not rich, he had not gone without these past years. He looked at the Victorian style bungalow that he had bought last year when he had moved here. He looked at the new BMW parked in the driveway. At twenty-nine he was doing very well for himself. In his mind he pictured his soon to be wife who was waiting for him inside. Eric realized that, even though life was a struggle sometimes, he was truly blessed.
“Thank you Lord,” Eric said as he opened the door to his house.
“How was your day,” Felicia, Eric’s fiancee, greeted him as he walked into the kitchen.
For the first time in a while Eric saw her beautiful smile for the blessing that it truly was.
“You know, it was great. Best day I have had in a long time,” Eric replied, returning her smile as he pulled her close.
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