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Topic: HARVEST (11/21/19)
- TITLE: Thank-less Giving
By Jennifer Warren
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Monika and Siobhan got into Monikaâ€™s car. They were leaving Thanksgiving dinner at Monikaâ€™s parentsâ€™ house. Neither said anything. Monika started the car and drove around the corner â€“ out of sight of her parentsâ€™ house. She turned off the car. Siobhan looked at her but didnâ€™t say anything.
Monika pounded the steering wheel and screamed at the top of her lungs. â€œAaaaahhhh!â€
Siobhanâ€™s eyes opened wide. She had never seen this side of her housemate.
â€œIâ€™m sorry, Sio.â€
â€œMy parents. The way they â€¦ the way they complain about everything.â€ Tears rolled down her cheeks. She let out a heavy breath. â€œThe way they criticize each other and everyone and everything around them.â€
â€œThe way nothing is ever good enough.â€
â€œWere they like that when you were growing up?â€
Monika looked out the windshield into the darkness before them. She nodded.
â€œSo nothing, including you, was ever good enough?â€ Siobhan asked.
â€œYeah, but itâ€™s more than that.â€ Monika paused. â€œItâ€™s a dark cloud that overshadows their lives and everyone elseâ€™s.â€
Siobhan leaned her head back. â€œLike a vortex of ingratitude that sucks the joy out of everything,â€ Siobhan whispered.
Monika furrowed her brow and looked at the ceiling of the car. â€œVortex of ingratitude?â€ she chuckled.
Siobhan laughed and glanced back at Monika. â€œWeird, huh?
â€œYeah, but true.â€
â€œMy family is the same way,â€ Siobhan reflected.
Monika smiled sadly. â€œThat explains why you were unfazed by â€¦ the vortex of ingratitude.â€
â€œUnfortunately,â€ Siobhan agreed.
They sat silent for a few minutes.
â€œItâ€™s hubris, you know,â€ Siobhan broke the silence.
â€œComplaining. Itâ€™s hubris.â€
Monika thought a moment. â€œHow so?â€
â€œComplaining is saying things arenâ€™t good enough, right?â€ Siobhan asked.
â€œRight,â€ Monika concurred.
â€œIf we believe that God is sovereign, complaining is saying Godâ€™s doing a bad job.â€
Monika opened her eyes wide. â€œOuch.â€
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