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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)
By Emily Gibson
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It took some time to tidy up the mess after the doors were secured but all was soon made right. The wind continued to bash at the doors, but it no longer could touch anything inside them. The horses relaxed and got back to their evening meal though the noise coming from outside was deafening. I headed back up to the house and slept fitfully listening to the wind blow all night, wondering if the metal barn roof might pull off in a gust, exposing everything within.
Yet in the new daylight this morning, all is calm. The barn is still there, the roof still on, the horses are where they belong and all seems to be as it was before the barnstorming wind. Or so it appears.
This wind heralds another storm coming in a few weeks that hits with such force that I'm knocked off my feet, swept away, and left bruised and breathless. No latches, locks, or barricades are strong enough to protect me from what will come over those few days.
Sunday it rides in softly, humbly. On Monday, it overturns the tables in its fury. On Tuesday it echoes the destruction that is to happen. On Thursday, it pours water over dusty feet, presides over a simple meal, and then sweats blood in agonized prayer. By Friday, it culminates in a perfect storm, transforming everything in its path, with nothing untouched. The silence on Saturday is deafening. Then Sunday, the Son rises and returns, all is calm and I will never be the same again.
Barnstormed to the depths of my soul. Doors flung open wide, my roof pulled off, everything blown away and now replaced, renewed and reconciled.
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