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Topic: TEARS - (as in crying) (10/04/04)

TITLE: The Comfort Bringer
By darlene hight
10/06/04

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Menachem walked heavily into the throne room. “Thank you for giving me audience, my Lord.”

“What seems to be the problem?”

“ I wish to be reassigned.”

“Reassigned? You were created for this assignment. Your name gives testimony to your design. Does it not mean comfort?”

I’ve always felt pleased to be a comfort bringer but their burdens have gotten so heavy.”

“You were never meant to carry their burdens, except to bring them to me.”

“Yes, I’ve been foolish but that is not the only reason for my decision. As I sat by his bedside last night, I didn’t bring comfort. His wife is gone from him. He must raise a daughter alone. He’s afraid and his comfort bringer didn’t bring him comfort. I have failed him and you, my Lord.”

“ It was his time to grieve and your time, as well. He wasn’t ready to receive comfort and you, dear friend, weren’t ready to bring it.”

“Am I now ready?”

“Where will you receive the comfort that you wish to bring?”

“It will come from you, Lord.”

“Menachem, go. Do as your name instructs you. Now is your time.”

As Menachem entered the man’s room, he saw him sleeping. It was sleep born of exhaustion, emotional and physical. Menachem carried in his hand a jar of tears collected from the previous night. “Lord, show me.” He prayed.

Instantly, he saw a woman running through a field of daisies. The field wasn’t of this world. Dew glistened on the flowers.The dew also not of this world rather it’s translucence glittered with touches of lilac, pale blue, pink and coral. It glittered as if the garden was star filled. The daisies, likewise, were of a heavenly place. Their centers shone golden as if dipped in sunshine. Their petals as white and shimmering as angel wings.

Menachem touched the man’s head. The man received the vision. “Oh!” He moaned his face awash with peace. His fitful sleep replaced by rest. A rest one finds in the arms of a loved one.

Menachem smiled. Yes, this was what he was created for. He is a comfort bringer, after all. Menachem tilted the jar of tears back and forth in his hand. The tears shimmered in the sunlight translucent glittering with touches of lilac, pale blue, pink and coral. Each tear had been carefully recorded last night. In a short while the tears will be sprinkled over the daisy field where the man’s daughter plays. Not only will the man receive comfort this day but also purpose. Nothing is wasted. Not one tear will fall without purpose, each one a droplet of hope.

Psalm 56:8 You number my wanderings; Put my tears into your bottle; Are they not in your book? NKJV


Member Comments
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Rita Garcia10/11/04
Darlene, WOW! wonderful story. Great entry. Blessings, Rita
David Garrett10/11/04
I like it! Well done.
Lynda Lee Schab 10/11/04
Beautiful, Darlene! Wonderful entry - great writing! Lynda
Mitzi Busby10/11/04
Darlene, Awesome! I was so touched.
Lucian Thompson10/11/04
Darlene, This article is so beautiful…so beautiful and meaningful. You and my Trish write so much alike. You express so much emotion, color, and vividness with your gifted words. Thank you, sweet lady for the imagery.
Joanne Malley10/11/04
Darlene,
Nice imagery, nice article and great choice of words:
"golden as if dipped in sunshine," "as white as angel's wings." Like those lines!
Jo
Michael Antonovich10/11/04
I can relate to that. I fortunately have not lost my wife yet, but last year I lost both of my parents and I had many restless nights until they came to me in a dream one night to tell me that everything is OK.
Kristin Slavik10/11/04
Darlene,
What wonderful imagery! I love the peaceful thought that the comfort bringer brings to my mind. Well done.
Kristin
Teresa Lee Rainey10/12/04
Darlene, I loved this. ...You know...if the child were a son, this could be what happened to the father of my story. Great writing!
L.M. Lee10/15/04
i liked the conversation between your characters and the wisdom that was learned.
Geri Rosser10/15/04
Darlene, Thanks for your entry this week! My father passed away in December, and your "sanctified imagination" created wonderful and vivid pictures on which I can ruminate for a long time! God bless you and your gifts! --Geri
Joyce Poet10/17/04
Darlene!!! A smart, smart publisher will BEG you for this article!!! What an encouragement to the people of God to bring comfort to mankind! And how touching for those who need the comfort! I am so blessed to have read this. And you are so blessed to have received it in the first place. Love, Treava
dawn merola01/20/08
Darlene,
I love that I am walking away with this whole new imagery in my head of how God may send His comfort and tender mercies to us. A beautiful piece!