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Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)
TITLE: The Seeker
By Maria Egilsson
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He sought to find answers that would deliver him from the sea of darkness that engulfed his heart. He was turned away by the religious leaders in Jerusalem despite his authority as an Ethiopian ambassador. He was a eunuch. His journey had been long and arduous, a foreigner in an alien land. Bitter disillusionment was like burning acid. His life and career at the court of the Ethiopian queen had come at a terrible cost. What did it matter that he had not chosen to be deprived of his manhood in order to gain position? It was done to save his life from death.
Human oppression, even though masked by riches and wealth, is still a prison. The scroll beside him was an invitation that beckoned the eunuch to seek something that would set him free. Was there no-one who could teach him what his heart thirsted to know?
As night turned into day he commanded the driver to pull the chariot over. They needed to rest in the shade from the heat of the desert sun. Sleep eluded the Ethiopian as his gaze was drawn to the opened scroll. He whispered quietly as he read the words of the Jewish prophet Isaiah.
Startled by a voice asking him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He looked up to find a Hebrew man beside the chariot. “How can I, unless someone teaches me?” he replied, inviting the man to sit beside him on the chariot seat.
Phillip opened his mouth, and beginning with the scriptures in Isaiah, told this seeking pilgrim about Jesus. Rejoicing flooded the eunuch’s heart as freedom filled his soul. The pilgrim’s journey was complete.
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