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Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)
TITLE: A Beautiful Soul
By Anthony Taylor
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I was born beautiful. A gift to the world, yet belonging to God.
As time passed, the world had give me trouble. Recalling a time when I were burned at a age of only fourteen. I remembered the room I was in. I remembered the flash of fire. It had come so fast over my body.
I closed my eye’s to forget, only to look down at my body that would remind me of everyday of my life that I would be just that, a burned soul on earth.
A tear ran down my cheek. I closed my eye’s.
“ I cannot bear this.” wishing things would be normal.
I stopped to sit on the rock before me. I felt it’s rough edges over my finger’s. It had no beauty in itself, just an old white stone. I wondered why God had made it? It seemed to have no purpose. It sat day by day, year by year all alone.
I felt like the old rock. Rejected by so many. Spending days alone. Felling left out in life.
I felt anger growing in me. My finger’s clawed into the stone. I felt my body tense up until my nail’s started to hurt. I knew It was foolish to fight something that couldn’t be undone.
I let my finger’s slip loose from the rock until I was only gently rubbing it softly. I felt a smooth cut on the rock. Slowly, I turned to where I had felt it. I looked down and saw someone had carved a cross in the stone.
I softly ran my fingertip’s over the cross. It seemed to be stamped on the stone perfectly as If It were made just for me.
“ Yes, It had been.” I remembered again the true Stone. The Cross. The blood. My Christ.
I smiled knowing what he had done for me. I knew His pain and shame on the Cross was greater then my own pain. He had reminded me once again I was still loved. I knew I was never alone. I knew I belonged to him.
I knew I was still beautiful to him. For what other price could He give me to show He loved me?
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