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Topic: Weary (05/03/12)
TITLE: There Is Hope
By Esther Portalatin
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“No, don’t do it…”, I could hear a familiar voice screaming. The uncontrollable tears that flowed from my eyes were able to fill an empty well. “I can’t take it anymore”, is all I could say. “My life is a living hell. The pain is too much to bear.” Samantha ran to me as quickly as she could and hit the pills out of my hands. “Do you realize what you’re doing Ashley? You’re only sixteen years old? You have your whole life ahead of you. What’s wrong?” I couldn’t get myself to open up. The pain was so bad I couldn’t talk. I just wanted it all to be over. I wanted the pain to go away. I finally got enough courage to say, “It hurts so bad inside Sam, I don’t want to be here anymore. Maybe in death I’ll be happy. Maybe in death I’ll find my peace.” Through my tears I managed to say, “ I was raped Sam, he hurt me. He took away my purity.” Samantha sat next to me in shock. She couldn’t believe what she had just heard. She hugged me and replied, “I’m so sorry Ashley. Who did this? Who hurt you that way?” My eyes couldn’t bear to look at her. How was I going to tell my step sister that her dad raped me? How was I going to tell her that her dad was a monster in disguise. I turned away and simply replied, “I can’t tell you.” Samantha didn’t give up. She was persistent. “Look at me Ash, just look at me and tell me right now who did this to you.” I looked up at her and I quietly said, “Your dad”. Samantha stood up on her feet, looked at me and said, “Who? I don’t think I heard you correctly sis. Please repeat what you said,” I put my head down and stated, “Your dad.” The look on Samantha’s face was one of horror. She couldn’t believe it. How could her dad do such a thing? He was such a Christian man. He was always reading his bible. He even preached on Sundays. How could that be possible? Samantha took the bottle of pills and picked up the ones that had fallen on the floor, looked at me and said, “He’s not worth you taking your precious life for. I will handle this sis, I promise you.” Samantha walked out of the room broken, but very angry.
For so many months I had grown weary. I didn’t know where to go or who to turn to. I didn’t want to tell my mom. She had married who she thought was a wonderful Christian man, and he probably was, but he let sin enter his life. He let the enemy play with his emotions. I just wanted out of this world.
Samantha approached her father, who at first denied it all happened, but once she threatened to call the police, he fell on the floor and wept like a baby. “I’m so sorry. What have I done?” Sam looked at her dad and replied, “You must tell Millie dad and you must seek help. You have to ask Ashley for forgiveness and you must leave this house. Do you know that Ashley almost took her own life today? Do you realize dad, that you would have to live with that for the rest of your life? How could you do such a thing? How can I ever trust you? You disgust me. Now I understand why mom walked out on you. Now I see. You walked into Millie’s life and portrayed a beautiful picture, but God has exposed you dad. I want you out of this house, but before you leave you will tell Millie the damage you’ve done to her only daughter and face the consequences of your sin. I’m going to take Ashley for counseling and to my church’s youth group. She’s going to need a lot of help and healing. Charles, promised he would get help and go to his pastor to confess what he had done. He knew the authorities would have to be notified and he would spend some time in prison.
A couple of months later, Ashley was part of a beautiful youth group, sang for the Lord and had learned to forgive as Christ forgave. Although it doesn’t always end nicely, this story does and now Ashley can say, “There’s always Hope in Christ."
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