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Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)
TITLE: The Secret
By Beth B
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Why are you downcast? … Put your hope in God!
Tenderly she brushed her fingers across the name, engraved in stone.
Sam reflected back on that difficult day. She had stopped by her family home. She knocked on the door and proceeded to open it and called out “MO…“then she stopped. The door wouldn’t budge. Tears welled in her eyes as she had unzipped her purse and shuffled through its contents hunting for the key. The door squeaked as she pushed it open. Until his death several years earlier, Dad always attended to home repairs when needed. How she missed him: his wisdom, laughter and love for story-telling. As she closed the door, she knew there would be no more warm embraces from her mother; no special moments shared together –only memories now.
A slight movement brought Sam back to the present. She turned to her left. There stood a doe with her fawn. The lush, mowed lawn and the sun filtering through the oak trees, brought stillness to her heart. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,” paraded through her mind.
“Thank you for your comfort, Father,” she whispered.
Now that both her parents were deceased, she felt like an orphan. She was reminded that God was a father to the fatherless.
Sam knew she needed to sell the family home. Being an only child and owning her own town house, it was her best option. It took days to sort through her mother’s personal belongings. She still couldn’t forget the discovery that astounded her that day. A box was found hidden in the back of the clothes closet. Its contents revealed the family secret. The secret her parents had never shared with her. She was adopted. Why had they never told her? Without the help, comfort and encouragement from the Lord and her dear friend Karen, she would not have made it through that difficult time.
As she sat at the grave site, the sound of a nearby car brought her back to the present. After a long minute, a young lady got out of the car; hesitant, she remained at the car. Sam touched her fingers to her lips then touched the grave of her birth mother. Sam stood up and walked toward the young lady, who mirrored her. Sam smiled. The young lady smiled back. They slowly embraced. Disappointed to find her birth mother deceased, thus no hope for reunion, Sam was grateful to know she had a twin sister. They had a lifetime to catch up on and share together.
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