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Topic: ENTERTAIN (04/27/17)
- TITLE: Talitha's Song
By Karen Lucille Gross
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“Yes, Talitha, he really picked you.” Tobias patiently repeated, his silent, measured footfalls seemingly unaffected by the little cherub dancing in circles around him.
“He must have picked me to be an Entertaining Angel.” Tobias raised a quizzical eyebrow, so Talitha launched into song to accompany her dance: “Entertaining Angels by the light of my TV screen’ …”
Tobias gently interrupted the song. “You know, Little One: we will be visiting Zaafira.”
“Zaafira! The little baby? I rocked her to sleep and sang lullabies every night when her mother died. Now the Father is sending me back?!!! I am so excited! I just love singing lullabies to little human babies!”
Tobias knew now why the Father selected him for this mission. “Some time has passed on Earth. Zaafira isn’t a baby anymore. She is now married and has five children of her own.”
“Zaafira is a Mommy now?” Talitha’s feet stopped dancing as she switched mental tracks. “Oh Tobias, do you think she sings lullabies to her own babies? Will she remember me singing to her? Do humans remember stuff from when they were babies? How come angels don’t have babies? How do humans make babies, anyway? And what’s a TV screen?”
“Here we are at the portal, Little One.” Tobias sat on a bench to look Talitha in the eye. “This mission will be very different than the last one you were on.”
“So no lullabies . . .?” Looking into the sad eyes of the gentle giant, Talitha’s lips began to quiver. “Tobias, why is God sending me this time?”
“God is sending you because Zaafira will very much need the comfort of your lullabies once more. A great evil has been allowed to flourish for a time.” With that warning, Tobias and Talitha stepped off the portal and took to flight.
Nothing could have prepared Talitha for the horrific scene they landed in. It was a slaughtering field of apocalyptic proportions. Hundreds of humans who bore the seal of the Holy Spirit were being herded like cattle by humans marked with the number of the beast.
In, on, and around the humans, Talitha and Tobias could see thousands of spiritual beings. Warrior angels armed with swords and shields engaged in battle with demons. Whispering demons whipped the minds of their human hosts to a frenzy of rage and blood lust. Comforting angels guarded the hearts and minds of Christ’s people. Only a very few of the humans were aware of the presence of supernatural beings, and fewer still could see them.
Suddenly Talitha was beside Zaafira. The beautiful young woman with soiled clothing, matted hair, and tear-stained face looked up at the hovering cherub and smiled. “It’s you!”
“You can see me? And, you remember me?”
“You sang to me . . . I remember your song …”
Zaafira was standing in a straggly line of about fifty equally dishevelled prisoners. They all had their hands bound behind them, looks of sheer terror on every face. Most were crying; some were screaming; a few were begging their captors, or bargaining for their lives. They were being led through ramshackle buildings and out into a huge, bloody courtyard. The screaming ones were taken directly to the slaughter. The women who bargained with their bodies had a short reprieve.
Talitha turned to Tobias. “How do I rescue her? I don’t remember what I am supposed to do …” The little cherub’s wings began to droop.
“Sing, Little One. Wrap your wings around her. Comfort her. She has already been rescued by the Savior. This evil cannot kill her soul.”
Talitha wrapped her soft wings around Zaafira and began to sing a hauntingly beautiful lullaby. A wild-eyed man covered head to toe with whispering demons was enraged by Talitha’s song, though he couldn’t hear it. After his bloody sword did its worst, Zaafira’s lifeless body dropped in the dust, her beautiful soul joined in Talitha’s Song on their way Home.
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