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Topic: SLANDER (09/07/17)
TITLE: I Have No Need Of You
By Jennifer Liang
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Doctor Lin tilted his pediatric patient’s head up so slightly and peered into her pupils with his flashlight. “Everything looks fine. Now, tell me again. What happened?”
“My mom and I were riding bikes and I suddenly couldn’t see. My mom ran into me because I just stopped.”
“Thankfully she was there or you would have caused an accident.”
Sigh. “I know. A few minutes later I could see out of one eye. I’m glad that happened. But I want both eyes.” The little girl burst into tears as she sobbed, “Why did this happen to me?”
“I’m not quite sure.”
“Will I be able to read again? I don’t like watching the world through one eye, doctor.”
Michelle’s left eye felt out of place as he observed the hustle and bustle around him. All her body parts were in tune with each other and he missed the companionship of her right eye. Why had he uttered those words? He felt satisfaction at first, but now? Where did he belong? To make it worse his partner in crime had reneged on their agreement and gone back to his post. That traitor.
Maybe he could talk everyone into becoming one huge eye. It’s about time everyone realizes my function as the most important, he thought. Michelle wants to read? Well, without her sense of eyesight she can’t do that! “Good luck Mr. Right Eye. Without me you are nothing.” He shook his veins and scooted off to find Mr. Left Ear.
Mr. Left Ear was busy. Since the departure of Mr. Left Eye he had taken over some of the responsibilities and was in tune much more these days with Michelle’s surroundings. He had to be. He was her protector. Ever since the Kevin fiasco blew up he was very careful with every human assignment. He had definitely learned his lesson. Mr. Left Ear knew that Michelle’s eyes had been getting antsy but he never expected them to repeat his mistake.
“Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body.” Jesus himself corrected him on that one. Comments like those were slanderous in nature and had no part in the workings of a body. Especially the body of a child. Michelle could have been seriously hurt! If the eyes chose to slander the rest of the body why didn’t they do it while she was reading? Come on!
“Oh, Mr. Left Ear. I’m here. Do you want to play? I have time now.”
“That was the stupidest thing you’ve ever done. Why did you say those mean things? We all belong together. Do you want to cripple little Michelle for life? She has a dream to attend Yale! I suggest you take some of this new found time to read I Corinthians 12. If you take away Michelle’s ability to read then maybe you should do it for her!”
Fifteen minutes later Mr. Left Eye discovered for himself his role as a part of Michelle’s body. “As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” (I Corinthians 12:20 ESV) He didn’t need to slander the other parts (including Mr. Right Eye) and make himself feel more important. That didn’t help anyone and ultimately only hurt Michelle and her family. Wasn’t he supposed to be her protector?
He slid up to his position and popped back in just as her mother was reading her a bedtime story. He wished he could communicate to her how sorry he was for failing her and vowed never to do it again.
“Welcome back,” Mr. Right Eye said with a wink.
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