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Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)
TITLE: Stitches Of Evil
By Patricia Casey
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Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, 18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? KJV
I’m Babalonia, also called Mystery, Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots, and Abominations of the Earth. Won’t you step into my abode and dine with me today?
Great! Come on in and I’ll share with you my newest victims, I mean story.
Finishing the stitching on my latest pillow design, I set aside my needle and thread and take a peek out of my bedroom window. A young couple passes by my lusting eyes. Oh, you can see the love in their eyes for each other. I swallow thirstily as I languish after thoughts of destroying my next victims.
The young woman is adorned with long, flowing hair reaching her waist. She’s probably one of those women wearing long hair as a sign of her covering. How silly and distasteful are their ways. I could tell you more about her, but her appearance won’t matter much when I’m finished with them. She is completely unimportant in this story. The prey is chosen for the next great hunt.
As the young couple walk by the opened, barren window, the young woman, Sara, feels a sudden chill envelop her. Her husband, Gustav, notices a scantily clad, middle aged woman, parading before him through the glass. He looks away, disturbed yet enticed somewhat within, as he wraps his arm tightly around his wife’s shoulder.
Once safely home, Sara can’t shake the coldness within. Something within her spirit is troubling her, yet she can’t pinpoint what it is. She grabs an extra sweater out of her dresser drawer and proceeds to prepare dinner.
Gustav desperately wanted to be alone with his thoughts of what transpired on their walk today. He thought it would be adventurous to bypass the usual walking trail and perhaps discover some new territory beyond the known terrain in their new neighborhood. He ignored the warnings of his overly cautious neighbor, Fred. “Never travel beyond the river, east of our village.” Fred wouldn’t tell him why, which only swelled the seed of curiosity planted with his warning.
Always the upstanding Christian man and husband, there were unsettling, yet enticing images playing within his mind. He was a faithful husband and desired to fight this ever-growing lust in his heart. He thought of James 1:13-15: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. KJV
As dinner continued cooking, Sara headed for her study and dropped to her knees in prayer.
“Father, I don’t know what is wrong, but you know. Help me.” She thought of Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. KJV
After praying in tongues, Sara trusted all was safely in God’s hands. He knew the situation and already had plans for resolving. She returned to the kitchen to finish dinner preparations.
On his knees in repentance, Gustav asked God to forgive his curiosity and lust, to strengthen him in his spirit, and make him more like Christ. As he finished praying, Sara’s call for dinner brought him to his feet.
With the story unfinished, her guests leave. Babylonia felt coldness return to her hearth. She knew there would be no fuel for the fire tonight. She saw the look in his eyes. He was perfect for the catch. How could she be so stupid? There was no other explanation except that she underestimated his wife. Those kinds ruined her hunt every time.
Sitting on her bay window seat, Babylonia works on her newest pillow design.
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