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Topic: Winter (11/14/05)
TITLE: Love's Winter
By Joyce Simoneaux
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Father looked up and saw the terrible storm approaching that he knew would some day come and bring Winter with it, along with a darkness and harsh, iciness that would devour Love like a hungry lion. Father heard his children calling to him. They, too, sensed the approaching storm that would bring Winter to their village.
As he looked out over the village, he saw Husband from the nearest cottage leaving. He was turning his back on Love and his family. Father told his children to go to Wife to see if there was anything she needed with the storm approaching.
His children were obedient and went to Wife to see that she had everything she and her family needed for there was no way of knowing how long this Winter would last. She had a very, sad smile as she assured them that she did not fear Winter for she knew her family had warm clothing. She, too, knew their Father and had learned much from him. They gave Wife many treasures that would help her to endure the Winter, and she was thankful.
The children returned home to seek out their Father and ask him what other purpose he might have for them this day. Father heard them and went to them straight away telling them to go to all the houses in the village of Love looking for anyone who needed help.
The children did as their father asked and returned to him weary and discouraged. “Father, everyone seems to be leaving Love, and those who are staying are vowing to stay home rather than venture out into the cold. Only a few remain true to Love,” they said.
The told him what he already knew. Death and Dispair had entered their village before the storm, and the village of Love was dying. The hearts of the villagers were waxing cold. Hatred and Violence were seen walking the streets. Charity was no where to be found. Hope had all but disappeared.
Father looked at his children and smiled as he gathered them in his arms. He promised to never leave them or forsake them. And they had no fear for they knew he would shelter them from the storm. And when Winter was past and the rain was over and gone, they knew that Goodness and Mercy would return.
After the storm had wreaked its havoc upon Love, they looked out over the village and saw all that was left of Love. Their hearts were filled with great sadness and compassion for those who were devoured by Winter, but they had their Father’s assurance that a great King would be coming soon who would once again restore Love to the earth. And they looked up at him and smiled, as he assured them that those who remained true to Love would dwell in the great King’s house forever.
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