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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
TITLE: Twisted Locks of Love
By Shari Armstrong
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She stirred, but didn’t wake. He smiled, rolled over and went to sleep.
The next evening, he came home to find her waiting with a fine meal and a new jug of wine. “You know I can’t have any of that.”
”What harm would just a little wine do?” Her smile was more intoxicating than the drink.
He sat and began to eat.
She snuggled up close to him, running a finger along the length of his arm. “You are so strong. What is your secret? What makes you so much stronger?”
He laughed, and then whispered, “If I’m tied with seven green bow strings, I’ll be just like all the other men.”
“So simple.” She whispered, as she cleared the table. “Now rest, I’ll take care of this.”
“Shh, he’ll hear you.” She took the strings from the men, and showed them where to hide. She gently wrapped the strings around him and tied them, without waking him. She slipped into her place beside him, “Samson! The Philistines are here!”
He sat up, and the strings fell off him.
He awoke the next night, and felt ropes around him. Again he broke the ropes off, as if they were threads. He could feel her eyes boring through him. He laughed.
“How can you say you love me, if you keep telling me lies? You are just making fun of me.” She softened her voice, “If you love me, you’ll tell me how you can be bound.”
He sighed, “If you braid seven locks of my hair into the web of your loom, I will lose my strength.”
Again, she followed his directions, and called out that the Philistines were there.
Not only did he still have his strength when he sat up, he pulled the loom apart with his hair.
“You are a liar! How can you say you love me if you can’t share your secret with me?”
For days, she nagged him. He felt as if he would die if he had to hear another word from her lovely mouth.
“Enough. I have never allowed my hair to be cut since I was born. If my hair is shaved off, I will become weak.”
She smiled and wrapped her arms around him.
While he was gone, she called for the men to come yet again, and she told them what needed to be done. She took their gold and waited for him to come home to her.
That night, she lulled him to sleep with his head in her lap. After he was asleep, she called to one of the men to come to her. She watched as the seven locks she had braided just nights before fell to the floor, one by one.
Based on Judges 16
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