Pieces of the Child

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Chapter 84: Courage
(by NativeRose, added on 16 November 2007 03:37 AM)

This was it. Kyle Smith finally decided to take the next momentous step. He had completely fallen for Anela Peterson. It was clear that she absolutely loved her students. She just filled the room, and her smiles and kind words reached each student in a different way. They all had different needs, and some of them were quite complex. Still, she instinctively knew what each child needed and how to deliver. Kyle saw yet another change. When he saw what life with Brandon and Amy Rose did to his son, he was just amazed! Maybe there was something to this God everyone was talking about. His first wife, Hannah, and his oldest child, Sariah, had grasped God's character. Kyle was thankful for this, because he knew Hannah and Sariah were now in the presence of God. They went from the burning wreckage of their car and straight into God's outstretched arms. , Several students and staff understood God's power just as the members of the Smith family did before they died. Then, when Anela finally made the decision, all the people in Scott's life (the parents, students, therapists and teachers) just continued to pour this Jesus into him. Kyle couldn't believe it when Scott got in on the action, and the change in him seemed instantaneous. One day, he was sad, lost and afraid, and the next, he was so full of life! Now it was time for Kyle to face God alone.
No one could do this for him. He had to make that choice, but he wasn't sure if he wanted to face God. What could the mirror of God's holiness reflect in Kyle's life? How could he let God see a broken man? He was just so ashamed, and he refused to let anyone see that. Voices came unbidden, reminding Kyle of who God wanted to be in his life.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart--these, o God, You will not despise..." the psychologist, Candice and Emily James, the case worker, had told him. If that was so, God wouldn't mock Kyle. He was sure a broken person. After all, he was the one who killed Hannah, Sariah and Emily, and Kyle couldn't handle taking care of Scott.
"He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Hannah had once told him. That reminder brought on a flood of memories. His marriage to Hannah would have been enriched and filled with life if he had shared her faith. He still missed Hannah, but he felt he could go on with his life. He even thought he could marry again--if that person was Anela.
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." That was a Scripture passage that Anela had cited when she tried to help him deal with his feelings regarding his separation from Scott. Kyle took a deep, shuddering breath. "Okay, Lord. What's next?"

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