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Topic: Soul (07/13/06)
By Lisa Stephens
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“God, I know you took him for a reason,” I scream at the skies, “I know that it was your will, but what about me? I still need him, God, I still need him!”
God doesn’t seem to care that my heart’s breaking. A bolt of lightning flashes, lighting up the sky. I think that I must look strange, kneeling in a graveyard during a thunderstorm. I’m just glad that nobody’s around to see. I remember the night he died. Around midnight I got the call. It was Jonathon. He asked me to go pick him up, and mentioned his stomach hurting. He gave me the address of the place he was at.
I was surprised, because when I got there he was sitting on the front steps of a house that looked like it was having a drinking party. He stood up and got in, shotgun.
“What are you doing here?” I asked him.
He told me he didn’t know, and said his stomach hurt really bad. Then he looked me in the eyes and said,
“Betsy, I want you to know, whatever happens, God loves you. I love you, too, You’re like a sister to me. When I die, I want you to know, I’m going to be with God. Don’t worry about me. Now I want you to take me to the hospital, I think someone drugged my sprite.”
I drove faster than I’ve ever driven before, and probably faster than I ever will again. Rushed him into the ER. He explained the situation to the nurse, and they took him away. Two hours later, a doctor came out and told me that Jonathon had died.
So now I’m crushed. My spirit feels like someone stabbed it through with a knife. Jonathon shouldn’t have had to die that way. I wipe the tears from my eyes, a useless gesture, because they are readily replaced by new ones.
“Oh God,” I whisper, and I don’t even know why I’m whispering, “I can’t stand losing Jonathon, I think my heart’s broken. But I know you have a purpose in this, and I know you can heal my soul.”
I stand up and start walking home. My heart’s still breaking in two, but I feel a little better.
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