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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)

By Anthony David


“Post”, shouted the mailman as he deftly pushed the mail through the narrow slit under the door. Beena ran to get the mail. She had been expecting a letter for the past few weeks. She eagerly sorted the mail till she came across an envelope in her own handwriting. “Ah, this must be from the Christian magazine,” she thought as she hurriedly slit it open. A pink slip fell out of the envelope along with a manuscript.

“Your article is not suitable for publication in our magazine. So we are herewith enclosing your manuscript.” Read the slip in pink.

These words swam before Beena as she slumped into a chair. She was utterly dejected. “How many hours I spent on this manuscript,” she muttered as she held her beloved script in her hands, “It has come back to me, rejected.”

Tears welled up in her eyes and slowly made their way down, streaking her cheeks. She felt dejected and down. “Will I ever be able to publish anything?” she wondered silently as she sat there, immobilized.

Beena had been struggling to write for sometime now. She had written a few articles when she was in college and had got them published in her college magazine.

Recently she enrolled for a three day workshop in Christian writing. Two experienced Christian authors led the workshop and explained the nuances of writing. Fired up by that experience, she wrote a piece and sent it quickly to a good Christian magazine, a few months back. This was the result. “I used all my skills and wrote it. I was so sure that it would be accepted. What could have gone wrong? Will I ever be able to write again? I am so disappointed.” So ran her train of thoughts.

She again straightened the pink slip and read it again. “My lovely article has been ruthlessly rejected. Rejected. REJECTED!” Like an audio tape, these thoughts began to reverberate in Beena’s mind: again and again.

“Trring trring” the telephone rang, interrupting Beena's depressing thoughts. “Hello Beena! How are you this morning?” enquired her friend Nancy. “Well Nancy, You remember the article I sent to that Christian magazine. It has been rejected. I got the pink slip today.” Said Beena slowly. “I’ll be with you in an hour. Take care.” Said Nancy as she put down the telephone.

When Nancy arrived, she found Beena still sitting slumped in the same chair. She came close and hugged her. “Come on Beena, don’t be so disappointed. It is just a pink slip. Many good authors got many many pink slips before they became established as writers. Don’t lose hope.” Said Nancy.

“I am not so sure Nancy,” replied Beena as she wiped her tears away.” I was so sure that this was just what was best for that magazine. I feel somehow rejected myself.”

“Don’t ever think it Beena, We have a God who never ever rejects us. He doesn’t have pink slips. He is always ready to accept us. Pray and try again Beena. You will surely succeed. I have confidence in your skills.”

Months passed. It was a beaming Beena who accosted Nancy after Church that Sunday morning. “Hey Nan,” she blurted.” You know what? My article is there in this month’s issue. See here…” “Congratulations Beena! Didn’t I tell you? Let’s just kneel down and thank the Lord together” replied Nancy jubilantly. They both knelt and prayed.

“Dear Father God, we are so grateful to you. You love us and care so much for us that you never ever reject us. Thank you for giving Beena the courage to try again. Thank you for giving her the skills and the patience to write, and glorify you with her writings. Our hearts are full of your praise O Lord! Blessed be Your Name!”

© 2004: Dr.M.A David S Kumar

Member Comments
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Melanie Kerr 11/23/04
I like stories with happy endings! I liked that her friend, Nancy, came around to encourage staright away. Rejection is not so bad if you are not facing it alone.
Norma OGrady11/24/04
You really did a GOOD job on this story!
Yeshua bless