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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: She Smiles
By Kay Brown
07/16/04

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Sometimes, she smiles.

No one knows about the suffering. No one hears the roars of panic racing continuously through her secret mind. No one sees the fears she battles or the tears she cries. No one.

Occasionally, she flashes a weak smile, but most of the time, her face is expressionless. Her sad eyes seem to be searching for something. Or Someone.

Relentless self-doubts, terrors of the night, and all the torture chambers of her frightened imagination continue despite her simple prayers. She lives each day unsure, insecure and without hope.

Except for Him.

She hears Him speak gently, through the white-haired man who works in his garden down the street. She recognizes His soft, gentle eyes in that big, black lady at the Post Office. When Teacher smoothes her hair and holds her in a warm-as-toast hug for a long, long time, she knows it is Him again. He is there, in all of them. He said He would never leave.

He said He was coming back. He said she could be with Him forever and ever, if she wanted. She wanted.

But waiting for Him is taking a long, long time. The darkness is lonely. She does not understand the pain.

She waits. She waits and looks for Him in all the people she sees, just in case. Sometimes she sees Him. Sometimes she hears Him. Sometimes she feels Him. It is His good, strong love.

That is when she smiles.


Member Comments
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darlene hight07/19/04
Nice entry! I love the flow-very heartfelt
Joanne Malley07/19/04
Kay-
Such a sweet, article that warms the heart! Thank you. :)
Randy Chambers07/19/04
Very nice! I loved it!
John Hunt07/21/04
Very well written, almost poetic. A pleasure to read.
L.M. Lee07/22/04
what a powerful piece!
Marcell Billinghurst07/24/04
A very touching story of one who is hurting and suffering but who has the ability to see Christ in those around her. We are made to be a reflecton of Him.
Karen Treharne07/25/04
Wow, Kay. I hardly know what to say. This is so well-written with strong feeling and words. I was drawn in and didn't want to leave. This is subtle yet obvious in its message. Well done.