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Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)
TITLE: A Fearful Night
By Deborah Sampson
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It had been a harsh winter; Jacob had never seen so much snow in one season. Wyoming was known for snow but this had been the worst combined with the very low temperatures.
He had heard Anna coming out of the cabin now, headed for the outhouse he’d reckon. Looking at her now she was a delight to his eyes, big blue eyes, long blonde hair and a smile that could melt your heart. He sure was lucky to have her for his wife, almost two years now. For a while he thought she was not going to marry him. She wasn’t sure she wanted to live in this country setting, away from everyone she knew and her beloved parents. With what happened a few weeks ago, Jacob just knew that would be the stick that broke the camel’s back.
Anna was waving to him on her way back to the house, he waved in return. Anna couldn’t help but feel such love and pride for her husband, besides being ever so handsome with his coal back hair and gentle brown eyes, he had a way of making her blush as he just did looking at her that way, “Oh my”, she sighed as she entered the house. God sure knew what He was doing bringing them together. They had so much to be thankful for, for just a few weeks back she thought they would not see the light of day. She still did not feel safe here, and maybe never would. She knew Jacob was worried about her and knew that it was possible that she would return to her family’s home.
The door opened as Jacob walked through the door, “Here, Anna, you received a letter from your family, thought you’d want to read it.” Jacob added.
"Thank you Jacob,” Anna reached up to take the letter as Jacob leaned over and kissed her cheek ever so gently. “You are welcome; I’ll be in when I get done milking the cows.
“Good, I got supper started. See you in a bit.” Anna sat down at the kitchen chair. Thoughts of that night still fresh on her mind. It was about 2 a.m. that she first heard the strange noise. She woke Jacob up as quite as she could. He heard the noise then, he quickly got dressed. He told her to remain there, he’d be back. The only weapon they had was in the living room, not a smart place right now. He went out the bedroom door. Anna’s heart pounded loud and fast, feeling as though it would jump out of her chest. “Dear Lord, please help us, she prayed. She heard a scuffle; she reached to pick up a hefty log by the fireplace in their room, and slowly walked to the door. Before her she could see Jacob and the intruder wrestling about. Anna’s eyes caught the knife the man had as he lunged it at Jacob. He was getting closer to him. Anna didn’t stop to think but came out slinging the log at the back of the man’s head, making a whopping sound as the man fell. Jacob reached for the cord they kept in the house and tied the intruder’s hands and feet together snugly. Just before Anna jumped into her husband’s arms. Jacob could feel the fear in Anna, what a night it had been-that’s why she wasn’t sure she wanted to stay.
Realizing she was still holding her letter, she quickly opened it. She had told them all about that night; they were shocked but thankful that things turned out. Her mother and father agreed that maybe she should come home. But it was what her Aunt Deidre said that gave her the answer.
“Now Anna, I want you to get your Bible, somewhere in the book of Ecclesiastes, it says that someone might be able to beat up one of you, but not both of you, and as the saying goes, “A rope made from three strands of cord is hard to break. “Just how good is our God we serve?” Love you, Aunt Deidre.
Anna had her answer, this was her home, where God, Jacob and herself lived, and she couldn’t wait to tell her beloved husband the good news.
Note: Ecclesiastes 4:12(CEV) - The story is fictional but not the Power of the Lord.
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