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Topic: Calm (emotionally) (09/13/07)
TITLE: An exhausted messenger service
By Josiah Kane
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Gabriel was still chanting when he felt a small tug in the centre of his being while his energy reassembled itself to look human. After a single do not be afraid he began his message, a confusing muddle of sentences about a baby who was God and a plan to save mankind. His subject can hardly have comprehended that she had been chosen to bear God’s son, thought Gabriel, as she still wore the face of one who, as a matter of routine, encounters creatures dispatched by God who are beyond matter itself. The priest Zechariah had been in such shock that his eyes turned grey and his face a golden green. Even Daniel, the only man Gabriel had ever really liked, had failed to show total confidence in his presence. But this seventeen-year-old Mary looked tranquil, unhurried, like the perfect scene from atop a mountain. Gabriel was amazed.
Nonetheless he gave his message, heard her response, and escaped toward the clouds of Venus, the perfect holiday after such a hard day. Gabriel’s counsel had not caused the Trinity to change its decision to save these hunks of dirt, and after meeting Mary and Daniel, he actually had reasons other than his loathing of Lucifer to be glad it hadn’t. Michael could fight on his own as he’d done for thousands of years, Gabriel reasoned, but Gabriel would go along with the original plan.
After nine months on Venus he went back to heaven to hear his new assignment. Half a dozen shepherds were his next focus. He began his intonation. “Do not be afraid”...
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