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Topic: Rest (01/17/13)
TITLE: The Old Familiar Friend
By donna baumgartner
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Ever since I can remember you have been there, a “go to” if you will. I first learned about you in my room when I would hear her footsteps coming down the hall. Crazy how someone so small can make such a commanding sound stomping down a hallway.
She taught me about you. She knew you so well, I suspect it was ever since she could remember as well. She knew you so well that she would sit up at night with you. I could sense her out there, feel the weight of you in the air.
Whenever I would forget about you for a minute, the feeling of you leaving my chest, she would remind me. She could sense when I wasn’t paying attention to you. I wasn’t giving you the attention you deserved. She didn’t understand how anyone could do this. She was diligent in her attention to you and she resented when I didn’t do the same. She always brought me back, faithfully.
When it came time to leave, you came with me. I guess I wasn’t really all that surprised. She had taught me well, for a very long time. It didn’t matter what I was doing or thinking, you would find your way back to me. An old familiar friend.
What a powerful and persistent companion you are! Always there to remind me of what could happen. Bringing me captive to your ways.
I didn’t even really know what your name was until a short time ago, you were such a part of me I didn’t even know you had a separate name! I thought we were one and the same!
Funny thing is, someone else told me what your name was. He also told me I didn’t need you anymore. He said your name is Fear. I couldn’t believe that! All this time! What would I do without you! He said I could give you to Him and He would give me rest.
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