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Topic: Sibling(s) (05/01/08)
By jill canter
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Brenda knelt praying, it had been nearly two years since her baby sister had moved in with that wretched, awful... "Lord, help me to see him as a soul and not as someone who took my sister away." Wiping the tears from her eyes, Brenda stood from the altar, smiled at her dad who was standing behind the pulpit, and turned and walked back to her pew. After the service the family met to discuss what was going to be for dinner that afternoon and which game would be played. "How about Monopoly" someone suggested. Brenda choked backed tears recalling Janie playing her favorite game. There was no way she was happy like she said, how long until she repented and turned her back on the lifestyle of sin she was living. Brenda didn't know how long it would take, but she would pray until then.
Why couldn't she sleep. Janie remembered her sisters prayer at Thanksgiving the week before, "Lord, don't allow Janie a peaceful night's sleep, until she's back in Your will, make her know we love her and miss her and that more importantly You love her and are there whenever she decides to return to You...". How dare she in front of the entire family, she's really lucky that my boyfriend wasn't there to hear that. But then again why hadn't he come with her. He never was around really. Why did she love him, did he love her? Why couldn't she just know someone loved her. Why did she always feel alone?
"Honey, are you alright?" Brenda's husband asked. It was a little past three in the morning and once again Brenda was on the porch swing crying, Bible in hand. "Oh yes, just praying for Janie." The phone rang from inside the house, Brenda went inside to answer it. "She came home" a tearful voice belonging to an aging preacher spoke. Brenda had never heard her father's voice any more joyful than at this moment. A new swell of tears poured, this time of relief, happiness, thanks. Brenda replaced the phone and returned to bed thanking her Savior for His grace, His mercy, His love. She fell asleep knowing that tomorrow she would hug her sister and let her cry away the hurt, sadness and loneliness of the past two years. Although Brenda knew, that Janie never really was alone.
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