God's Greatest Gift...Love and Forgiveness: A short story

I can do all things through Christ

A precious gift from God, reminding us to enjoy life, one day at a time.
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When the well is dry...

Her pen was poised in her hand, awaiting for a signal to write. Her mind swirled with ideas. There were ideas that reflected on pain, praise, troubled times, happiness, death, and birth, but nothing provoked her.

Her husband was at the bar again, swigging back his favorite drink, and playing pool. Or, so it was claimed. She didn't care anymore. He would have to answer for his actions when he faced his Savior. For now, she was more focused on creating something special.

She heard a creak of a floorboard. Leaning back in her chair, she glanced out the doorway. No one was there, but she could feel a negative presence. This wasn't the first time. She had been haunted off and on over the years by ghosts and spirits. Some would claim that there were good ones and evil ones; but to her, they represented Satan's followers prowling on weak minds.

She flipped the pages of her bible looking for inspiration. Something that might reach out to help someone else; bringing them closer to God. She smiled as she re-read her favorite verse again.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

That one scripture alone had helped her face uncountable trials and tribulations in her life. Unruly family members, alcoholic and drug addicts, miscarriages, death of loved ones, troublesome roommates; her list went on. Still nothing sparked her interest to write about.

She leaned back in her comfortable, leather computer chair and studied the pictures on her desk. It showed a journey of growing. There was a picture of her with her first child, followed by a picture of her with her second. Then a picture of her husband and her embracing each other. That was her favorite picture of the two of them together.

A tear threatened to form as she studied the loving face of her grandmother that had passed. A laugh erupted, as she looked at the picture of her children as teenagers, arms and legs entwined in a wrestling match; with smiles as wide as the Grand Canyon itself.

The last picture was the final leg of her journey. It was a picture of her. She had been daydreaming, while her husband had taken a semi-profile picture of her gazing off into the clouds. Her long hair lightly fluttered in the wind. Her eyes bright and shining like glossy diamonds. She had been so happy at that moment. She remembered feeling ecstatic that day over an answered prayer. She had found success that day, as fears were cast away and steps towards her future were taken.

She found her inspiration she wanted to write about, but first she needed to pray and thank her wonderful Lord for blessing her with this wonderful talent. She bowed her head, ready to quietly speak, when she was interrupted by the opening of the front door.

Figures, she thought to herself, something was always interrupting her quiet time with God.

It was her husband that she had been expecting hours ago. He was back, but not in the condition she had become accustom to. He looked different...changed.

Flags raised, while warning signals went off in her brain. A feeling of betrayal fluttered in her heart. She took a deep breath to confront him, all the while saying a quick prayer to be able to handle what would be facing her. She stood up, ready to face him.

He stumbled through the open door of the computer room, wrapping her in an enormous bear hug, tears in his eyes.

“I love you,” he whispered in her ear, as she struggled to regain her balance.

“Why?” was her only response to protect her heart.

“I found what you have had. I finally figured out what you have been trying to tell me. It is wonderful.”

“What are you talking about?” She asked confused, extracting herself from his arms, and watching his reaction.

“God...I finally accepted him as my Savior,” he said hugging her tightly, “I am so sorry for the things I have done. Will you ever begin to forgive me?”

He smothered her in a kiss before she could answer him. Tears of joy formed in her eyes, as she kissed him back. God was there for her again...with another answer to her unspoken prayer. Life was going to be fine. God had blessed them with the greatest gift...love and forgiveness.

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Hey Girl , Good morning , I was just perusing the hubs and semi- writing one about romanticism , as kind of a half humorus half serious one. And then I read this one , I'm voting up under one condition and one only! That ,If this hub is really your reality , that you only go through this once .....what I was writing about is this, that there are only one or ...maybe, two chances for real and honest romance in life. All the rest are just relationships.....great hub , I admire you're sense of faith , hope and charity. Hey , and I am just a man! What do you think about that ? :-}


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Ahorseback,

Sorry it took so long to respond. I think your method of looking at romance and relationship is brilliant. I have relied upon my faith to help walk me through the rocky parts of my marriage. (We don't exactly view religion and Christianity the same, but have worked our way through it.) We celebrated 20 years last November, and I have often felt that if it hadn't of been for God to help me...well, I would hate to think about what path I would have taken.

It was in the process of writing a book based on relationships, that it occurred to me that I should do it from a Christian perspective. This hub ended up testing the waters to see how it would float. I never have published the book, but someday would like to.

Your comment coming from a man's perspective means a lot. Thanks!!


susieq42 5 years ago

Ah...so there is hope!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I am a sucker for happy endings. One of the greatest rewards is when you can forgive and love again. This is a wonderful story of God's grace and His love.

Thank you Tlpoague for an inspiring start to my day!!


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kafsoa 5 years ago

tlpoague; a big part of this hub touched me as I faced something like that someday. Really forgiveness is a great thing but when the one you forgive worth it.

Great hub. Voted up and beautiful:)


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Susieq,

Thanks Cardisa,

It is hard to forgive and still be loving. To me, it was only by God's grace that we can.

Thanks Kafsoa,

Thank you for the vote, I have often wondered what the right thing would be to do in a situation like this. It came to me as I was reading scripture one day. If God can forgive me, why couldn't I do the same? Thanks again!


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

We speak of love in high sounding platitude.But without forgiveness, we can't honestly breathe the word "love" or "God".Too few of us pour this anointing oil on our relationships.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi tipoague, I love this beautifully written hub, full of so much emotion,love,forgiveness and peace and the photo is beautiful.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thank you SilentReed,

I agree, I think forgiveness is something that is sorely lacking in relationships. I have tried to raise my children that they would always need love, communication and forgiveness to make their relationships work. Thanks again!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Movie,

I am so glad you enjoyed it. I took this picture as the sun was rising and watching my husband fish. I love mornings like these...watching the beauty of God's work while thinking of things to write about. Thanks again!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi tlpoague, a very wonderful story within this beautifully written hub made it an enjoyable read !

Awesome and vote up !!!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Kashmir,

I am glad you liked it. :)


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

We sing this scriptrue at my school. The kids are quick to remember it in song. 3 times thru but with a different tempo/emphasis the third time. Really beautiful. Hopefully the adults can bring it into practice too.

Glad it spoke to you and your husband.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Truckstop,

Hopefully the adults can bring it into practice. It has helped me through a lot. Thanks again!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Beautiful short story with an uplifting ending. Thanks for sharing it. Love, forgiveness and faith are blessed qualities the world needs more of and it's wonderful to see them exemplified in a story.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Happyboomernurse,

I am glad you enjoyed it. :)


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

God is Love, and He speaks and teaches us with love. Thank you for the story.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thank you and your welcome, Dave.

I think God's greatest gift is love and forgiveness. Thanks again for stopping by. :)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Wow! This story made the hair stand up on my arms and my eyes welled up with tears. It is so beautiful. God Bless You!


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks James,

It is amazing to see God's love at work, if only one can be forgiving.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Such a beautiful romantic and emotional tale.

I loved this

Voted up and away


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Rosemay,

Sometimes it seems so hard to forgive until one thinks of God forgiving us for our sins. I really enjoyed letting the words flow as I wrote this. I knew of too many relationships that ended a different way. If only they had let God guide them, maybe things would have been different. Thanks again!

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