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Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)
- TITLE: You're "It!"
By Connie Dixon
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Linda was always the quiet one, no one ever really knew what she was thinking, and most didn’t take the time to ask. Her thoughts existed, but she had difficulty enlightening listeners who lived in a hearing world, a world opposite her soundless one. She was not interested in taking chances when the stakes were so high, but even so……her elected role was not optional.
This game has been in process ever since I can remember, since birth in fact. I have been playing since I was born, Linda since she was born and so on. The day you take your first breath is the day you become a contender. Only your final breath will liberate you from the contest.
Everyone knew that life revolved around the game; the two went hand in hand. Being “it” was the difficult part, and for some it was daunting. Others welcomed the challenge and attained temporary victory without much effort. Still there were those who were defeated immediately, even before they knew what hit them. Aunt Barbara was one of those.
Barb was driving the six short miles to town, an outing she made almost daily. This was her day to meet some friends for coffee, a routine engagement that occurred weekly. Today was different however; Barbara didn’t attend the gathering. It happened so fast. Her car careened off the embankment and she was gone in an instant. The velocity made it impossible to inform her of her role change.
My cousin Kerry was “it” for years. He had that position for so long that there were actually two games being played simultaneously for quite some time. Multiple Sclerosis eventually took him out of the action. When Dad was “it”, he had heart failure but continued fighting for more than three years. My sister Dianne was tagged with the title for a lengthy four and ½ years while she battled cancer, but eventually, it eliminated her from the playing field.
With the exception of Barbara, who had no warning, the competitors developed strategies to overpower the opposition. They employed doctors, consumed medications, endured surgeries, tolerated therapy and accepted chemo and radiation. They each maintained a futile hope that they would not be eliminated from the game, but that hope weakened and eventually disappeared altogether.
No wonder Linda was terrified of the “it” factor. She was well aware of the consequences and had no intention of being eliminated from the match, at least not without a fight. Linda was holding a “wild card” to assist her in her fearless attempt to defeat the adversary. Her “ace in the hole”? God! Jesus was on her team, and prayer was her lifeline. She prayed; He answered with confident resolution ……..and she was transformed back into an ordinary contender……for now.
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