Elizabeth had been a good woman all her life. She went to church regularly every Sunday, was a good wife to her husband, Harold and raised two children with love and kindness.
For most of her life she did what was right; but how did she end up in such a life-threatening condition and why was it this time there was no one to help? Harold, for most of his married life, had been there for her when she needed him but with his new job as Human Resource Director at Benning’s Department Store, he was, well he was never home!
She sat in a room that was created for protection—everyone in the family called it the “hide-away room,” but to Elizabeth it had become the only place where she felt comfortable and safe, away from everyone and everything!
Her husband and children were away for the weekend and she was all alone; a decision she made weeks ago, saying to the family that she just needed some time alone to think and to pray..…She was quickly finding that that decision was made in haste….
It was the dead of winter and her job as secretary to the local newspaper had ended just two weeks ago. She didn’t want to leave but she had to. A male employee was acting peculiar around her, so she marched into the editor’s office weeks ago and resigned her post.
And, so she sat in that lonely room and waited for the inevitable..She knew deep down that soon “he” would be arriving. It was just a matter of time.
Why was it that most of her adult life she knew that something like this would eventually happen? Had she been too friendly with this man? She didn’t think so; but then again, people acted so strangely these days…Faintly, she heard the downstairs door open and later footsteps on the staircase.
He was in the house, and there was no escape!
She heard the doorknob to the hide-away room turn and soon he began pushing and knocking at the door.
“Let me in, Elizabeth! I just want to talk with you!”
She said nothing; she just sat there shivering with fear, hoping for some kind of miracle….
And then, it happened! The miracle she had been praying for happened and the beautiful thing about it was that the miracle was right inside the room with her and had been there from the very beginning..…She was no longer alone; in fact, she’d never been alone….
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