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Topic: Write CONTEMPORARY FICTION (10/30/14)
TITLE: Waiting to dance
By Ken Grant
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“How can I pray for you?” A kindly gentleman asked.
“I need freedom from pain,” Joseph said with true faith.
“Of course. What is your name?”
The man put his hand on Joseph’s head and prayed, “Father, I pray healing over Joseph. I speak release from the pain that holds him in its grasp. In Jesus’ powerful name, I pray. Amen.”
Joseph opened his eyes and said, “Thank you.”
The man nodded and turned to the next man in line while Joseph made his way outside. He looked at the beauty of creation all around, but he was aware that his pain had not ceased. If anything, the pain felt worse than before.
“I’m healed,” A man to Joseph’s right exulted and looked up in worship.
Joseph walked over to the man and asked, “What happened to you?”
The man looked at Joseph with a huge smile and replied, “Jesus touched me. I’m free of the pain and agony that has held me for so long. I had the faith to believe and now I am truly free.”
“That’s wonderful,” Joseph said before walking away.
Joseph walked for a long while aware of the beauty around him and the pain that had held him in its grasp ever since he could remember. He had come to the mountains to be healed and he had failed. His faith has not been enough. The other man had found freedom through faith, but for him there was only pain and bondage.
Joseph looked up at the sky. He thought about the power that could create a mountain, but allowed him to suffer in pain.
“What is the reason why?”
Joseph sat down on the ground in frustration. He had wanted so much and he had believed. The other man had received healing, but not him. Does God play favorites? Does God love certain people more than others?
“I know who you are, God, and I love you.”
Joseph rose slowly to his feet. The pain remained, but faith remained as well and that was enough to keep Joseph going for now. He gritted his teeth and made his way back to the group. He smiled at the sight of the man who had been set free. That would be him one day and on that day he would dance. Oh, he would dance.
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