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Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)
TITLE: Sowed Tears
By CJ Raney
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Rusty and his friends were playing in the front yard with sticks. They were sword fighting and one of the kids threw his stick. It went into Rusty’s eye. The stick damaged his whole eye, all the way to his retina. There were many surgeries to save the eye. After all Rusty endured, his sight was still gone and the eye had a cloudy look to it.
Surviving the next several years of school was tough. Rusty tolerated teasing and bullying from his fellow classmates. There were many shed tears over that time. The embarrassment caused him to avoid eye contact with people. His self esteem slipped to dangerous levels. Rusty became a very lonely person. He had some good friends, but realized thirty was sneaking up quickly. The search for a life partner, to fill the empty feeling in his life, began.
Rusty hadn’t seen or talked to Christi since high school. So, receiving an email from her surprised him. After a few conversations, they decided to meet for lunch. Rusty was full of excitement as the day approached. Christi was always nice to him in school and he was comfortable enough that he would be able to make minimal eye contact.
The memory of her walking into the café was vivid in his mind. They made eye contact for a quick moment and he looked down. He slowly raised his head up…
A smile crept across Rusty’s face, as the music playing snapped him out of the daydream. He saw, standing in the doorway, the most beautiful woman in the world. Christi walked out with her dad by her side. All the stress over wedding plans and details melted away as he placed Christi’s hand in Rusty’s. As her soft hand touched his, he looked directly into her hazel eyes as a tear slipped down his cheek. Their eyes stayed locked together until the vows were repeated. Christi gently wiped the tears from his face as they kissed. Rusty never imagined he could feel so full of love. His heart swelled with joy, knowing that Christi loved him just the way he was.
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalms 126:5 (KJV)
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