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Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)
TITLE: THE STORY
By Jean Beier
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Taylor looked at her twelve year old daughter, all the while marveling at how closely she looked like her. They both were crowned with long white blonde hair. Both were very pretty, all though both would deny it when complimented by others for their beauty. Taylor’s nicely shaped body remained intact even after the pregnancy and delivery of Lauren, and her young daughter was budding out towards the same blessed figure. The only features that differed were their eyes. Taylor bore sky blue eyes, whereas Lauren took on her Daddy’s deep brown eyes.
“Honey, do you really want me to tell the story again?”
“Yes Mommy. I want to have the story memorized so that it will remain in my heart for ever and ever.”
Placing her arm around her daughter, Taylor began her story. “Honey, when I was your age I was much like you. I had friends but they often times hurt me. They would reject me so that others in a higher class group would accept them into their clique. Much like you experience with your friends in your school, my being a Christian sometimes got in the way, because I could not join in on all their activities and parties. I could not sneak around and be disobedient to my parents. I became a loner, quiet, and introverted.”
Lauren nudged her Mother on, “Tell me about Daddy.”
“Well, when I was in my junior year of High School I met Jacob, your Daddy. He was in his senior year. Jacob was the opposite of me, very outgoing, popular, and an athletic. Your Daddy was very good looking. It wasn’t long at all when your Daddy and I fell in love and made our plans to be married a year after my graduation.”
Lauren mused and then asked, “Did your parents like Daddy?”
“Yes, Lauren. Your grandparents were all ready divorced at that time, but they, along with Jacob’s parents, came together and helped with the planning of the wedding. Jacob and I were to be married in a castle in Ireland. Every detail of the fantasy wedding was made up of every girl’s dreams.”
“I love that part, Mommy!”
“Your Daddy met with the Pastor of my church. After some sessions, he made the decision to give his life over to Jesus. That decision made Jacob’s and my plans and dreams complete.”
“The angels were singing too, right?”
“Yes, Lauren, the angels and Jesus were smiling and singing. But Honey you know that sometimes just when life seems perfect, evil can enter and rob it from us, especially if we have not had time to become grounded in the Word of the Lord.”
“Is that what happened to Daddy?”
“Well, I believe that Jacob got scared about the finality and the eternity of the promise he would make to me when we married. Then a past love came back into his life and without the Word of the Lord planted in his heart, Jacob gave way to temptation. He chose her over loyalty to me.”
“Did that break your heart?”
“Honey, it did. I also felt a break in my faith. I quit going to church and I stopped praying.”
“Did it make God mad?”
“No, but He did leave me to myself for a time. He gave me time to cry and complain. It didn’t feel like He was even listening. But honey, this is how He chose to help me. He gave me a dream. In the dream I was complaining and I was accusing Him. I was crying. All the time God was being patient with my venting, and he compassionately collected my tears. Then, honey, God came into my dream to give me a lesson on forgiveness. He took me to Jesus’ last supper. Then He showed Jesus being betrayed, and then He took me to the cross. He showed me the blood that was shed for me and Jacob. Then God reminded me that the blood was shed for our sins, so that we could be forgiven, and be reconciled with Him. God then asked me to forgive your Daddy.”
“And you did!” Lauren inserted.
“Yes dear. All though we did not have our dream wedding, we forgave each other, and made promise in marriage to stay loyal to each other till death, and with God for eternity.”
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