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Topic: Day's End (01/01/14)
TITLE: See Ya Later, Alligator
By Graham Insley
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"George, you need to accept this."
"No! It just can't happen like this. Twenty years of marriage. I don't want to spend the rest of my life without you."
"It's going to be, George. There is nothing you can do to change it or to stop me going. No matter how difficult it is to understand, I don't want to stay here anymore."
"But I thought you loved me?" The question sprang like a trap.
"There are some things that even our love cannot change. Loving you has been an exciting journey, but that journey has now changed direction. George, we need to face this reality."
"I can't believe you're talking to me like this. Stop it."
"George, pain is something we've both become familiar with over the last twelve months. Don't you think I'm hurting too?"
"Ohhh, Sally. How can you ask me that? This pain is ripping my insides out. The death of our son was more than we could bear. How could God be separating us as well? I won't cope without you. I don't want to cope without you!"
The moisture ran down George's cheek as he broke the fixed stare he had on Sally's eyes. Tightening his fists he spun in anger towards the window. His inner turmoil became too much as he staggered a few steps and slammed his anger down on the window sill.
"George, please come and sit her beside me. We need to face this. We still have a daughter. She'll need you to deal with this better than you are."
"Oh Sally, don't you think I know that. I... I can't do this any better right now."
"Sit. Come on, sit here beside me."
Slowly, like weaving through broken glass, the shattered man approached the bed. "I don't want you to die, darling." Agony rolled down his cheek and dripped onto his shirt, his broken heart visible in every tear.
"My time has come, honey. There is nothing we can do about it. We must accept it in faith. But darling, the end of this day on earth is the beginning of a new day in heaven for me. I don't want to leave you, but I don't want to stay here in this pain either."
"I know, my love. I don't want you to suffer any more. Why can't God just heal you?"
"Look at me, come on, tie those wonderful eyes to mine. Look deep. You see pain, but no fear. George junior's death wasn't easy, but it did change our lives forever; in a way that we didn't expect. If Georgie didn't die we may never have met Jesus. Remember that awesome pastor who taught us that death wasn't real? It's a lie, remember? Eternity isn't just a promise, it's the real truth."
"Oh baby, I know. But right now that's a difficult pill to swallow."
Wiping away his tears with a frail hand, Sally let her fingers softly trail over her husband's cheek. "I don't expect you to be strong right now, but I do expect you to realise that this is only the end of one day. Eternity together follows this day just as surely as morning follows the darkness of night."
"You are one incredible lady. Where do you find faith at a time like this?"
"We didn't find faith, darling. It found us when our son died. And it will find you again. Remember Pastor John? He told us we should start a ministry helping grieving parents. George, you are a writer, and a good one. Start that ministry, darling..." Sally touched her husband's lips as he started to interrupt. "I know, I don't mean today. First you need to help Susan. She is going to really need you to be a daddy, one who shows her a true Heavenly Daddy. Teach her real faith, darling. Bring her home to me."
"That's better. Now go and get her so I can say 'See ya later, alligator.' Remember my darling, this is not goodbye."
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