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"For he shall give his angels charge over thee..."- Psalm 91:11

Pearlie sat in the darkened bathroom trembling, razor blade clasped in her fingers. She couldn't do this anymore, couldn't take the pain. It was never going to get any better, things were never going to change. She just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up, she wanted to make it all go away.  

Moving her other hand to the side of her neck, she felt carefully for the pulse that indicated just the right place to make things end quickly - no turning back, no chance of someone rushing in unexpectedly to save her. She didn't want to be saved, she wanted to be set free.  She no longer cared what free meant, just that it would take her away from here, away from all that had happened, damage that could never be undone.  Resolute, she lifted the blade and prepared to act quickly.

STOP! A male voice commanded, as the doorway filled with a bright light that appeared to take on the shape of a human form. Terrified, Pearlie dropped her hand and the razor blade fell to the floor. She felt the warmth of strong arms embracing her, holding her as she broke down and sobbed. Pain flowed from her body along with her tears, and was replaced by a feeling of love more intense than anything she had ever known.

"God has you in his care," the voice said, much softer now.  "Good things are coming which will make you look back on this night and rejoice that I have prevented what you were about to do." And with that, both the bright light and the feeling of a holy presence disappeared, yet a profound sense of peacefulness remained. Deep down inside, Pearlie began to believe on that night that everything was going to be ok.  
 
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This story was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt choices this week are angel or view.

~Come back and join us for  Six Sentence Stories on Thursday!~

15 comments:

  1. You have a wonderful knack for these short-short stories. This one is powerful!

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    1. Thank you Joe, this story is based in part on a true story - not mine, but someone very close to me.

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    1. Thank you Abelle, if only everyone could receive the message that there is always hope!

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  3. It's bittersweet to me -- there is a special someone whom i could wish had been so blessed.

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    1. It is a very personal story for me too, Mimi. I know someone who bears a scar from just such an encounter with a razorblade, and I thank God that a well-trained earthly angel was there to rescue within the very few minutes of time allowed. Most certainly it was miraculous.

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  4. I have had encounters, not as Biblical or dramatic as this, however I believe God speaks to each of us differently. I do believe. Angels have gotten me this far.

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    1. I agree, Annie, most often encounters with angels are in a far more subtle way, but I have no doubt that I've encountered some in my life, and once took a ride with two in a pick up truck! SERIOUSLY! I know that our angels surround us and protect us, and sometimes that means if we intend to do something of great harm.

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  5. It is sad to read of persons who are so miserable as this young lady. More sad yet is that most times someone else's sadistic disrespect is the main cause. I believe in angels who watch over us. Most times when I am rescued harm in a mysteric or unbelievable way I think of angels. May or may not be I'll never know. The Bible tells us, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13-2).
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    1. Sometimes our angels are heavenly beings, such as in this story, Jim, while often they are humans that God is using as his messengers of love, caring, and protection!

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  6. I wonder how many of us realize that little instances in our own lives may well have had a guiding hand. It is though you have a tap on the shoulder and are told "No, that is not the correct road to travel." I am sure God wants us to use our full potential and will assist all to achieve that if they have it in them. Great post Josie.

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    1. You are right, Old Egg, if we think about it, there have been times like that when something held you back or made you change your mind! I agree, God wants what is good for us, and will help if we are open to being helped!

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  7. If only it were all that straightforward.

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    1. So true, Lizzi, most often it isn't. But we can all feel a sense of divine presence in our lives in both big ways an small ways. My meeting Papa Bear was no coincidence or bit of fate, it was divine intervention most definitely! God knew that we would be good for each other and that we were both finally ready for each other. Sometimes when we don't think our prayers are being answered, the answer is "wait", or "I have something even better planned for you!"

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  8. Poor Pearlie, great story! I'm glad that the angel came and stopped her from doing something that she would later regret. : )

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