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Topic: Graduation (08/30/04)

TITLE: Graduation Night on Novocain
By Desert Rose


This seat and this suit, they were like a comfortable old pair of shoes and socks. But that was not what kept him there. Was it obligation? It definitely wasn’t self fulfilling and pleasant or he wouldn’t need so much of the pain killer and the antidepressant he requested each time he saw his doctor.

Yet somehow this time was different. The memories of the past year came flooding in and no matter how much medication he took, it didn’t seem to help anymore.

“Did you know ME?”

“Did you Love ME?”

“Did you feed MY sheep?”

This year had been like all the others. He started checking his list.

“Was I the rock they expected me to be?” “Yes”
“Did I teach all that they requested me to teach?” “Yes”
“Did my students do well on their tests?” “Yes”
“Do my students love and admire me?” “They say that they do.”

“Did you teach them to know ME?”

“Did you teach them to Love ME?”

“Did you teach them to go out and feed MY sheep?”

He couldn’t stand it any longer. He was going to confront this voice inside of him once and for all. He was tired of living on medications and of living numb in this world.

“Whoever you are inside my head or heart, what do you want?”

“Do you want peace and hope?”


“Then you must know ME!”

“I get the point!” “I won’t get any peace until I do, so who are you?”

“I AM the One who made you, you weren’t made by accident”

“But no one made me, I evolved from an ocean, that came from a universe, that came from a big bang, billions of years ago.”

“Are you sure that you have all the facts?”

“Yes, well no, I mean yes, well, I guess I wouldn’t bet by life on it. We are always discovering new things as the technology improves.” “Are you going to give me the answers now?”

“No.” “No one would believe you.” “Mankind seems to be stubborn like that.” “That will not serve MY purposes at this time, otherwise I would have already told mankind.” “There are so many things that mankind is just not ready for yet.” “I will continue to show you at the pace I have set for you.”

“For someone in my head, you sure talk with authority. Or maybe I am just going crazy after all these years of living on medication.” “I would like to believe that there is someone out there that can end all this suffering, but it seems too good to be true.”

“Will you give ME a chance?” “I want to help you”

“Maybe if you left me alone, I would be better”

“Are you sure? Is the world just as you would have it?”

“That’s a good point!” “All right, if I give you a chance will you let me be?”

“Yes” “But you must promise me something. Teach MY sheep the truths that you would risk your life on or teach them nothing”

“Well that eliminates a lot of my teaching.” “Are you trying to get me to retire early?”

“If you are not teaching the truths that you would risk your life on, is it possible that you are teaching the wrong things to your students?”

“What could I teach my students then?”

“Do you believe that these things I say to you are true?”
“Life is better with love”
“It takes truth to gain knowledge”
“Mankind must get along with each other, for the world to be a better place”
“Those that are willing to give their life and happiness up for you, deserve honor and respect”
“All people should be cared for, not just a chosen few”
“Life would be better without evil in it”
“All things in this world die and decay”

“Yes, but those aren’t the things that I need to teach”

“Is what you teach, more important than these things?”

“No.” “But I teach history that proves that those are wonderful, but humans aren’t capable of being consistent and following through with those things.” “Sometimes we succeed, but mostly we fail” “It gets too frustrating to hope for them anymore”

“Can I show you a few people that have found these Hopes come alive through ME?”

And he said, “Yes”

Later that year he asked his graduates to forgive him for not teaching them what they truly needed for Life Everlasting.

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Desert Rose09/07/04
I prefer to end all of my articles with the Word of God, so here is my ending.

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.”

John 14:6 & 12 6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the Truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

2 Corinthaians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Revelation 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have Everlasting Life.

John 6:27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to Everlasting Life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."

Ephesians 2 11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh--who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands-- 12that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no Hope and without GOD in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
addie mattern09/07/04
This article struck me right at the heart. This was a great lesson!

You're dialouge was very good, and your whole story was just overall wonderful! Thanks
darlene hight09/07/04
This is great! Top to Bottom!
L.M. Lee09/08/04
this was a neat conversation.
Lucian Thompson09/09/04
Leslie, This was very thought provoking. Well stated!