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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)

TITLE: Silent Order
By Joyce Gale
02/06/05


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Silent Order


The room was silent as ever, lit only by a solitary lamp. This had been the last night Mary was to sleep in this room. A place of comfort and solitude, the hard bed she had got used to. She looked at the cross on the wall and said a quite prayer, rising early had been the norm and this day was no exception. A bird started to sing outside the window which raised her spirits of what was to come. This day was the start of an awesome new life.
Mary had been sixteen when she heard the call from God to enter a convent. She obediently had followed the course God had mapped out for her, leaving behind her parents and younger brother. Overall she had fitted in with the life quite well and had been reasonably happy. She had learned about tending plants in the garden and she had enjoyed her tasks their. It had helped her to be in close contact with God. The life had been hard and strict but she had no complaints. Here she was eighteen years later struggling with God that she should leave her safe environment for the outside world. This command had come while picking herbs and had niggled at her for a year. ‘But God this is my home, my friends are here’ and he had reasoned with her that it was not her home.
The Mother Superior had been shocked to say the least, when Mary had said 2.
she would leave the order and here she was the day had arrived. After prayers and breakfast Mary said her farewells with many tears, she was shown to an outer room. Here she changed to her worldly cloths, she was dismayed by her reflection in the small mirror available. Her hair was straight and cut sever she did not recognise herself without her wimple and felt naked. A pink jumper had been put out for her a colour she had not worn since a teenager such reminisces made her fearful. She dressed and the case she had brought in with her when she had arrived so long ago, contained treasures from her past. The Mother Superior entered and said “Goodbye my dear may God go with you, he has other work for you I’m sure”. Mary turned and stepped through the door and into the street. Her heart was beating uncontrollably
and her legs felt they would not take her anywhere. ‘O God why me’.
“Mary” said a voice “Mary how wonderful to see you after all these years”. Mary saw a man approaching “Bill it is so good to see you” she laughed. Then she was being hugged by her brother. “This day is the answer to my prayers”, he said “there is so much to be done for the Lord, out here. With that Mary walked up the street with Bill to new challenges before her.

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