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One brave soul

By Mike Hall, June 27, 2016

The sidewalks were sizzling

as the temperature climbed above one hundred

People flooded to ice cream parlors…..

movie theatres….and the library

to find relief from the heat

I had just pushed the down button

on the elevator at Koelbel library

when a woman in her seventies

entered the front door

She was assisted by a younger

lady who seemed to be her daughter

The daughter held on to her arm

as mom tried to steer her walker

towards the new non-fiction section

The woman was stooped to such a degree

that it seemed as if she could be reaching

for a lost coin on the carpet

When she tried to make a right turn towards

the librarian’s desk….she nearly fell to the floor

Her groan made me shudder…..it made me realize that….

for her….there was no escape…..no relief

from the burden she carried every day

When I was leaving, this brave soul was

sitting more comfortably in a chair

near the check out stand

I was mindful of her courage

and how difficult each day must be….

betrayed by a back that won’t cooperate

The image came to me of

how bent and broken Our Lord

was as He was marched to the cross….

how He stumbled and could barely get to His feet

I pray for the lady at the library….that He’s with her

every step of the way….every minute…..every day.

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  1. Carrie says:

    Bless you – this was beautiful!!!!

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