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Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)
TITLE: Alone in Darkness
By Stacy Wells
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He stood and paced his room, crying. His parents would curse him for his decision. Then again, they may be grateful. They hadn’t checked on him as he sat in his room for the past 4 hours. They didn’t even invite him down for dinner. He looked at the blade again. He knew it was sharp. The guy at counter said it would cut straight through the flesh and pierce the heart. How did that guy know what he wanted to do?
He had been battling the decision for weeks. He just couldn’t go on living like this. He hated who he had become. His life had no purpose and no one was there for him unless he had something to offer in return. Was this it? Was this his legacy?
He ran his fingers through his jet black hair. He began to sob again. He sat back down, then stood and took off his jacket. His wrists were covered in a bevy of bracelets used only to cover the scars of depression. He looked at the blade again. This time the decision will be final. “I won’t live this life anymore,” he said under his breath.
He walked over and grabbed the blade and sat down in his desk. He rotated it back and forth in his hand admiring the craftsmanship. He sat the blade on his desk and took a piece of paper from his pocket with some notes scribbled on it. He grabbed the blade in his left hand and then he opened it, and read…”For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart,” Hebrews 4:12 ESV. He new this was true. This is why he had been so unsettled for weeks. There was more to life. There could be peace. There could be joy, but he had been looking in the wrong places. He had been reading the Bible and knew he had to make a choice. He knew that he must “hate” his brothers, his friends, and his family and follow Christ. He looked at the notes and looked up the scriptures under the heading The Roman Road. He bowed his head and confessed his sins, he asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. He was flooded with peace and joy and for the first time that he could remember he knew that after tonight his life was worth living and he would never be alone again.
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