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Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)
TITLE: A Funeral
By Karen Deikun
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He’d rejected every chance with his smug superiority. “It’s fine for you, Mom. I just can’t believe it all.” But he’d fed his unbelief with the words of others. Her prayers had gone unanswered, not because of God's refusal, but because of Tim's. God had placed opportunity before him time and again; and the still, small voice had spoken. But Tim’s heart was hard and unyielding. Her golden baby, her sweet son had somehow grown to manhood and shut out The One she loved most in all the earth and heaven. Her life had been defined by the struggle between her love for Tim and her love for God. Her days and nights had been filled with pleadings and prayers, and finally by surrrender.
Some earthly death was made bearable by hope, but this final death was the worst agony she had ever known. She wondered if God felt this horrible pain each time one of his children turned away, refusing His love. She wondered how it was possible to exist with so much pain.
The touches and murmurs of friends expressing comfort surrounded her as the cloying fragrance of the flowers overwhelmed her. She felt faint and sick, but it was time to stand. Time to follow the coffin down the aisle and out the door. Time to watch the dirt fall with hideous finality on the life of her son. Her friend grasped her frail arm and helped her rise to her feet. She was carried along past the bouquets and vases, past the tall gladiolas and fragrant roses, past the blur of faces.
“Oh Jesus!” Her heart cried out in pain. “Oh, precious Jesus!” Someone handed her a rose to throw on the coffin. Her hand shook. "Jesus!" she cried again. Her heart opened to His comfort. Her soul clung. She heard the whisper of His voice and knew He understood the pain, felt it with her. Her tears for Timothy mingled with the tears of Christ as she tossed the rose into the gaping hole.
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