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Topic: Purple (11/05/09)
TITLE: Born Into Royalty
By Deborah Ann Belka
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She's always going to that cupboard and I never could understand why. Until one day not so long ago, I thought I should go and find out what was so interesting in that cupboard. So, I looked.
I guess I wasn’t too surprised and now that I knew her secret, I wasn’t going to keep it to myself. I told my Pa what I saw in that cupboard and he walloped me right across the face and told me to mind my own damn business. So, I did and I took it out the window with me.
I walked for miles, it was dark and I wasn’t sure where the bus stop was. Other than going to school on the rare good day, I never left the house. I have to do all of the chores and take care of the meals. Daddy and Mama sleep most of the day, so I do my chores early. When they get up, I go to my room. I sit there for hours listening to them fighting. I’m never sure who blacks out first.
I saw the lights approaching me for a few blocks before they dimmed. I think my heart stopped beating, but I couldn’t be for sure, it’s usually so faint and weak anyway. I stood there shaking, not because I was scared that the car stopped, it just that I was real cold. Besides, what could this person in the car do to me, that hasn’t been done already.
The door opened and a lady got out. She handed me a blanket. It was so soft and warm, like nothing I ever felt before.
She talked to me about me being born into royalty. At first I thought she was nuts, like my Ma, then she told me about a Father who loved me. Words like compassion, forgiveness, kindness, and mercy flowed from her lips. I wasn’t sure what they all meant, but they sounded really nice. Then she told me about Christ, how He saved me, how one day I would have a room in His mansion.
A warmth came over me like I have never felt before.
I don’t know what made me wake up, but I knew by how high the sun was it was late and I had better get up and start my chores or I would pay the price later on. I sat up and stretched. I felt so warm and happy, like if I had fallen asleep under the sun on a lazy summer day. As I pulled the covers down something caught my eye, across my bed laid a purple blanket and then I remembered the lights, the car, the woman, the Lord. I got up and went to the door and as my hand hit the doorknob, I realized my life had been changed forever.
I was born into a royal family last night and there is a room waiting for me at my Fathers mansion. I know that when I get to His mansion there will be no secret cupboards or whacks across the face and for the first time since I could remember, I’m aware of the beating of my very own heart.
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