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Topic: Black (10/15/09)
TITLE: From Darkness To Light
By Shiloh Andrus
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“Ha,” he sneered. His face contorted into a hideous grin, glowering at her from the black folds of the hood covering his eyes. “You’ll be back. If not, we will find you wherever you are… and we will kill you.”
Her body shuddered and her breath came in short little gasp. Reaching for the courage that had brought her back to this den of hell that had once been her home, she whispered, “You may… but I have decided to live for Jesus Christ.”
To the sounds of his eerie laughter, she whirled around and ran as fast as she could from him… from the leader of the Satanist cult… from all that had once defined her life …pushing the heavy door open, she stepped out into the sunlit day of a brand new morning.
Sighing, she spoke to the sky, “Thank you Jesus… I am free.”
Jenna had not always been involved with the Satanist cult. As the daughter of Christian parents, she had grown up regularly attending church.
However, when she entered her freshman year, she was drawn to the dark haired guy who often stood alone in the shadows of the university hallways – staring at her and always wearing black. There was an aura of danger about him that she found fascinating and when he promised to show her things she had never imagined, Jenna readily accepted.
What followed was a life of seclusion, mind-altering drugs, and an unexplainable contempt for life itself. Yet, through all of the darkness, there was a light that never left her – a light she attributed to her parents prayers. One day, that light brought her back home to her family and - to Jesus Christ.
God’s light had been with her the day she emerged from the black, darkness of her previous home and it was with her in the months that followed.
However, his warning still rang in her ears, “We will find you.” She found herself afraid to be alone at night and terrified of the shadows. Hoping Jenna could begin a new life, her parents sent her to a Bible college several states away.
In many ways, Jenna did begin a new life. She faithfully attended her Bible classes as well as the Sunday service. However, one Sunday, she leaned over to a friend, and said, “Do you see that man dressed in black? Its him!”
It had begun… they found her again.
Yet, determined not to live in fear, Jenna decided to attend a Friday night worship service geared for college students. She felt somewhat safe since the service would be taking place at the college chapel.
It was late that evening when Jenna and several of her peers headed back to their cars. Just as she was opening her door, she heard the squeal of tires speeding too fast into the gravel parking lot.
Somebody called her name - turning around, she saw a figure dressed in black – her friends watched – there was one shot – and Jenna went instantly into the light of glory to be with God.
On the day of her funeral, thousands attended… wanting to pay their respects to the girl who had stood against such overwhelming darkness and chosen instead, to live her life for Jesus. When Jenna’s dad walked to the podium, many expected to hear the memories of a brokenhearted father. However, this was not the case.
Shakily, Jenna’s father said, “Evil thought it won the day that misguided man took my girl’s life – But that is not true!” Stretching out his hands, he said, “Jenna is not dead! She is alive!”
Victoriously he declared, “She is safe… in the arms of Jesus!” Stumbling a bit, he wiped his eyes, “Her mother and I miss her - but we have no question that our girl is in heaven! And that makes all the difference!”
Jenna was a modern day martyr – her life, though short, went on to touch thousands. And… the black, darkness was swallowed up in the hope of all true believers!
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever - Revelations 22: 5 (KJV)
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