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Topic: ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME (donâ€™t write about the song) (06/04/15)
- TITLE: I’ve Never Known Anything but Love
By Noel Mitaxa
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True, I did get to a stage where I started pushing my mother around, though I was never a teenage rebel. Not that my mother complained, for though I could not understand it back then, it was almost like she appreciated it.
However that kind of behaviour was nipped in the bud when the first angel crossed my path.
I wasnâ€™t prepared for meeting someone so big and powerful―yet so weightlessly gentle. I was surrounded and infused with a brilliant radiance that bathed my eyes and my heart with reassurance. It was an unforgettable introduction to a new dimension of limitless beauty that still pulsates with indescribable, full-surround music and light-shows that still catch my breath.
Angels have become my best friends. They have proved their care for me and they show me how they protect people all over the world. And theyâ€™re so much fun to hang out with, for even though they tell me how they serve God across the universe, they have never tried to make me feel inferior in any way.
We share such deep joy and an honesty thatâ€™s transparent; like we can see right through each other. But without any fear because none of us has anything to hide, so the harmony of love and respect just keep building...
Iâ€™ve never known anything but love, from the moment of my conception―my parentsâ€™ love and Godâ€™s love―for the whole comfort of being formed by Godâ€™s grace and drawn into his complete understanding of who I am and the reason for my being here. And nothing has interrupted this whole scenario.
I have to confess that I didnâ€™t fulfil my parentsâ€™ expectations. Yet despite the depth of their disappointment, or any guilt that tried to fasten itself onto that disappointment, I have never doubted their love for me. I probably deflated other peopleâ€™s dreams as well; for I never tried out for any sports or attempted to learn music. I didnâ€™t even bother with formal education.
You may ask how Iâ€™ve maintained this perfect relationship with God, but please don't feel resentful or envious about what may sound like my charmed existence. For you have blessed in ways that I could only guess at―or maybe even envy you for.
Maybe itâ€™s enough for me to say that I was stillborn.
Authorâ€™s note. My title comes from recently conducting a funeral for a heartbroken family whose baby boy had arrived full-term but unexpectedly stillborn. All their joy and anticipation had been hijacked by pain and shock, and their pain was palpable.
This family has no church home, and I was struggling to find appropriate words of comfort that would invite them to be open to Godâ€™s grace in their shock. Until the thought came: This little guy has known nothing but love. He was conceived in their love; nourished in their love; and now he has been ushered into the presence of God―whose middle name is love.
The imaginary journey of my entry takes this thought of knowing nothing but love further than what I shared with the family, because I also needed to address their own casserole of emotions and to be available to travel further with them over time.
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