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Topic: Graduation (08/30/04)

TITLE: Life's Graduation
By Rochelle Valasek


Standing in front of the mirror she had to smile. Looking at her self hardly believing that she finally has arrived to one of her lifetime goals. She looked beautiful with her long brown hair cascading over her shoulders. It seemed to flow like water over the satin gown. She slowly put her cap on making sure that the tassel was hanging down on the correct side. Many things have happened over the year. She broke up with her long time boyfriend, she almost didn’t pass this year due to an illness that had her in the bed for two weeks, and her grandmother had passed away right before Christmas. But she was able to smile at herself because she made it. She got to her goal and was looking forward to the next adventure God had planned for her. What she went through the previous year made her grow and she knew that she would have never made it without having God guide her through her trials and tribulations.

She met the man of her dreams at the age of 28. The exact man she had prayed for as long as she can remember. Even as a little girl, her mother had started praying with her for God to bring her a good Christian man. They got married when she turned 30 and never looked back. They were such a beautiful couple, loved each other with all of their hearts. They worshiped and served God together. And when their treasured children came along they were deeply grateful to God. They felt as though they got to a whole new stage in life. From the both of them being as one and now God was entrusting them with His most precious gifts.

She loved being a wife, mother and all the other hats a woman has to wear in life. You could call her a Proverb’s Woman. Angela was always serving her Lord and trying her best to be a godly wife and mother. She put everyone before herself. She helped with the church’s kitchen, sang in the choir, but most of all, she took care of the people less fortunate than her and her little family. She had sought after God through everything in her life and tried her best to be obedient.

Now, she lays on her death bed, thinking of all these things, remembering all the precious times with the love of her life, her children, and yes, her grandchildren. She waits for her special time that she had lived for all of her life. That time when everything comes to perspective, yet it seems so unimportant compared to what she’s about to witness. She is not afraid of what is yet to be. Angela knows who is about to come and where her destination is. She doesn’t fight for her last breaths, she calmly begins to pray the Lord’s Prayer in her mind and her lips wear a smile that no one around her bed has ever seen before. She starts to feel lighter as if all the weight of the world came trickling off her tired body. She takes her last breath on earth and begins to join all the others that she sees waiting for her. She has graduated to where all the other believers before her are waiting: heaven.

Member Comments
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darlene hight09/07/04
What a blessing to be able to look at death and know that the best is yet to come.
L.M. Lee09/08/04
wouldn't it be nice if everyone's life went this smoothly.
B Price09/08/04
you did well on how you moved life forward for this young lady that received her diploma that matter the most.

we were on the same slant with our stories.
Lucian Thompson09/10/04
Rochelle, I can really relate to your story. Our graduation to Heaven is something to look forward to with GREAT EXPECTATIONS. You did a great job with this tender subject.