Friday, September 20, 2013
Discussion Day 1
The following is an excerpt from a Christian novel - I'll tell you which one in a few days. Today, I would love to hear what you think, not about the story, but about the discussion the characters are having below. Weigh in, air your views, agree, disagree and send your friends to do the same.
As the weeks rolled by Daynia finally began to heal. Her friends all stood by her, much to her surprise. Ashley held her pitiful form several times while she cried helplessly, but those occurrences were becoming less frequent and she could now function normally at work. She found her way back into her circle of friends with ease and they made her feel like she had never left.
At church, the expected stares accompanied by whispering was almost non-existent and only occurred among the older more judgmental members who’d gone passed the age where they remembered the indiscretions of their youth. Daynia theorized that they remembered quite clearly but chose to remain in a state of total denial as they could not live with their own consciousness. Whatever their reason, their whispering didn’t bother her too much because her God did no such thing. She’d received total forgiveness again and even though she was beating herself up for making the same mistakes all over again, God didn’t hold it against her so she walked with her head held high.
“It’s so hard for a Christian woman to find the right mate,” said Ashley. She and Daynia were walking along the beach having some girl time. Ashley made a special effort to do things with her friend these days. She needed the company to help keep her focused.
“Yeah, it is isn’t it? He has to line with God’s plans for you, he has to share your passion for God and he has to be willing to wait for sex.”
“Yup, it’s a tall order, even for men with the best of intentions,” said Ashley. “That’s why we need to wait for God to do the picking; we can’t do a good job by ourselves.”
“You picked a good one.”
“Yeah, Daniel’s great, but don’t forget that I had to wait a while before he came along. God had to fix him first. In his previous state, I wouldn’t have gone within ten feet of him.”
“So that’s the trick really, we gotta wait till they’re ready.”
“Yeah, take Richard for example, he’s not a bad guy, he just wasn’t ready.”
“Oh come on Ash, you’re gonna tell me that a man who spent a year and a half lying to me is a good guy.”
“Yes Dayn, that’s exactly what I’m saying. He needed time to deal with the ghosts from his past. They don’t go away just because you’re now trying to live for God. It’s a process and he didn’t go through his process."
Daynia walked along silently whilst she pondered what Ashley was saying.
“We all had ghosts remember,” continued Ashley. “You have that horrible relationship with your family and all those bad relationships. I had to learn to love myself and treat my body with respect. Remember how I used to dress when I first started coming to church.”
Daynia laughed out loud. “Yes! I do. Those outfits were rather… um interesting.”
“Exactly! Now, I’m a glamor queen without showing my goods to the whole world. I went through my process. You were doing a good job with yours before Richard. You just need to keep pressing. Know what you want for your life and focus on that.”
Daynia stared at her friend for several moments. “When did you get so wise?” she asked, laughing.
“Oh I don’t know, it just happened,” responded Ashley as she tossed her hair back and held her head high in a look of mock sophistication.
“Whatever!” laughed Daynia as she pushed Ashley into the incoming tide.
So there it is...let's hear what you think!