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Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)
TITLE: Being an Outcast
By Kathy Bruins
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“I want to go,” she said lowly like a crouching animal.
“Where do you want to go?”
“Anywhere…it doesn’t matter. I just want to get out.”
I leaned forward in my chair with my feet flat on the floor. Putting down my pen, I looked at the woman trying to hide like a child within herself and be free of the world. How could she understand that there is a purpose for her being alive and thriving in her life? Finding her mother brutally murdered at the age of eight left such a hold on her embalming her in terror and pain. She lived out that pain in actions not socially normal such as screaming, eating dirt, slashing herself and others with sharp objects and hiding in dark places. Now her family has turned her over to the psychiatric home and left wanting no more contact with her. I fumed at the thought of their selfish act. This girl needed them more than ever, and they turned their back on her.
Suddenly, the side of my face exploded with the impact of the photo frame from my desk. Two security people rushed in and grabbed Megan before she could do further harm to me or herself. She screamed like a wild animal and thrust her body to try and loosen their grips on her, but finally relaxed as they gave her a sedative.
My assistant, Linda, rushed in. “Are you alright?”
I touched the blood dripping from my forehead and nodded thinking it was going to leave a mark for sure. Picking up the photo that Megan whipped at me, I realized the picture of my family probably set her off in her own despair of feeling “family less” in her life. God knew there was great pain and agony in being family less. That was not God’s plan. God provided for people to be in family…in God’s family forever. The harvest is so ripe to bring family into the fold. The family workers have a call to bring in those currently family less in the Kingdom for the great reunion.
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