Answered Prayer

Snow fills the valleys. Trees are laden with the white fluffiness of their intruders. Branches sag under the weight. A Cardinal, dressed in his bright red suit, sits on a snow-covered branch and chirps out his song for all to hear.

Nearby, a rabbit sticks his small black nose out from under a snow laden bush and peers out. Seeing nothing of danger he cautiously steps out onto the snow and hops a few feet, then stops. Leaving small prints in the white covering he ventures a little farther.

In the distance, A Man walks briskly while having to maneuver the large snow shoes his feet are anchored to. His heavy coat is buttoned tightly and His fur hat has sprinkles of snow embedded in the fur. His beard is dusted with white flakes.

What the rabbit doesn’t see is several yards behind the bush he was hiding in is a woman lying in the cold snow. She has been walking to get help when her car broke down  a mile back on the snow-covered road.

Her last words, before collapsing into darkness, “Jesus, help me.”

The Man kneels down beside her.

She’s unaware.

He places His hand over her heart.

It isn’t beating.

He looks heavenward and says a few words in Hebrew. The thump, thump, thump within her chest suddenly rings loud and clear.

When she opens her eyes, she finds herself safely within her car. The motor is running and heat has filled the car. Through the radio speakers the soft words, “Love lifted me, Love lifted me” are being sung.

She blinks several times, looks around, and wonders if she has had  a miraculous encounter with the King of kings and Lord of lords.

(Sue’s version) Psalm 17:6, 102:17

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A Gentle Touch

The woman bows before the rock and with a voice filled with pain she requests the gods to give her relief. There is no response. She moves to a nearby tree and bows before the tree. She requests that the gods give her relief. There is no reply.

Frustrated she moves to the flowing stream. She stands in the cold water. Her head is thrown back and her arms reach out as she pleads with the gods to give her relief. There is no relief.

Feeling dejected and confused she steps out of the water and sits on the grass crying. “Why, oh gods, are you not answering me? My pain is great but you are ignoring my plea.”

A Man steps from the river and asks if He may sit with her for a moment. She glances up at Him and agrees. He sits down and gazes out over the river and says nothing for a long moment.

“Why are you praying to a rock, a tree, a river?” He gently asks.

“They are the earth gods. I worship Mother earth.” she replies while drying her tears.

“But they have no power.” The Man states.

The woman looks at Him and then looks away.

“There is only one God and He is the One who has the power. He is the One who created the rock, the tree, the river. Do you not realize He is the One who can relieve your pain?”

“Who do you think you are to tell me my god has no power?!” The woman angrily shouts as she jumps up to leave.

The Man rises and standing before her He gently replies, “I am the I Am. I created all that you see. I am the Power you are looking for.”  He reaches out His hand and touches her cheek gently and the woman suddenly drops like a brick dropped from a roof to the ground.

She lies there for a long moment and when she opens her eyes, the Man is gone and so is her pain.

(Sue’s version) Exodus 20:3

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