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LOVE CONQUERS ALL BY SIERRA B.
Monday, April 14, 2014 by Patti Shene

Welcome Sierra B.! Thank you for contributing this inspiratioal story that brings home the meaning of Easter.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL

Wind surrounds me. Thunder rolls in the distance, but the rain doesn’t come. I barely hear it at first, a slight whispering in the trees. The roar grows louder and I recognize the angry voices of the multitudes, full of jealousy and hate. For a moment, I wonder who it can be they desire to crucify, but the interest soon passes. I am too involved in my own pain. The price of thievery.

Then I see Him. The One they call the King of the Jews. I watch as they take Him, but it isn’t the Roman guards I see, no. I see myself. Everything I have ever done, everything I will ever do bind him like ropes that now bind me to this cross. But as he turns to look at me, I don’t see resentment, I don’t see hate. I see love. Not how this world has defined it, but how it is made to be. Perfect.

But is this it? Must this Man really die though He has done nothing wrong? I desire to understand, but all the evil and darkness I have known my whole life clouds my sight. The crowds mock Him saying, “If You are the Son of God, save Yourself!” Even my fellow criminal ridicules Him saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us!” Part of me wants to echo his words, but something bigger compels me to say, “Do you not fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong!” I move my gaze to the beat, bruised, bloody man. “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” I ponder His words and wonder what He means. How can I, a thief, enter the kingdom of God? Then the Man cried out, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” And He breathes His last. And then the rain finally comes. Like the very earth itself is mourning the loss of the only man good enough to live. And then I understand.

Love

         Conquers

 All.

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Comments

Patti Shene From Colorado At 4/26/2014 8:38:46 PM

Lee, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment to let Sierra know how deeply her piece affected you.

Lee Carver From Ft. Worth, TX At 4/25/2014 2:10:54 PM

Wow! You are a wonderfully gifted writer. At a time when we've been blessed by so much Easter-themed worship, your brief piece brought me to tears.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 4/24/2014 10:52:59 PM

Kiersti, thank you so much for stopping by to encourage Sierra!

Kiersti From At 4/23/2014 10:04:33 PM

Very special--you are a gifted writer, Sierra! Thank you for sharing with us.

Sierra Bombardier From Washington At 4/20/2014 3:06:37 PM

Ada, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 4/19/2014 9:56:01 PM

Thank you for stopping by to check out Sierra's work, Ada. I love to see young writers encouraged!

Ada Brownell From Missouri At 4/19/2014 7:23:40 PM

Nice job! Great depiction of the thief. I like that you used first person. Thanks for the opportunity to read your work.

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