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|Interviews with Guardian Angels (standard:Inspirational stories, 9945 words)|
|Author: GJELLIS||Added: Dec 21 2005||Views/Reads: 1831/1101||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A cynical newspaper man interviews the guardian angels of historical persons. His questions about the meaning of life are answered.|
Interviews with Guardian Angels A Short Story by G J Ellis Weekly Column by Grant Durham: My usual column is full of derisions of the status quo, especially for our political machinery that is usually bogged down and does not accomplish a thing. For those who have followed my newspaper column for the past 8 years, you know that I am not easily impressed by political figures from Washington or actors from Hollywood, but late yesterday afternoon, I had an experience that kept me sleepless all night. After tossing and turning for many hours, I finally surrendered and fired up my computer and sat down and committed to paper what you are about to read, but before you begin, I would like to thank my editor. In order to print what follows, she has put her job on the line. Shelly, thank you. As some of my readers know, after returning from Vietnam, I spent the next few years preparing for the ministry at a seminary college but before I was ordained, I became disillusioned with the whole God/religion thing and dropped out and to add to my feelings, most of you are aware that my wife passed away three years ago, after a long bout with cancer. I have come to believe that man invented the concept of religion to heighten our own sense of worth (or lack of it) and religion did not really point towards one all-powerful being. I believed that if there was ever a God, he must have gone on vacation or left this universe and concentrated his efforts somewhere else. A cynic? Most definitely! I asked; how could a loving God sit idol and let the world tear itself apart or let innocent young girls and boys meet death in the brutal circumstances we read about and see every day in the media? So, it is with deep trepidation that I tell my audience of what took place yesterday. I have to submit a topic list to my editor each week for her approval. So, during the late afternoon, when my writing is completed for the day, I sit at my desk, which is in a small, cluttered, private office with an opaque class door that filters out the light from the main office, and just ponder about the various topics I would like to address in my column in the weeks ahead. Locking my door, I retreated behind the desk and sat down and leaned back. I let my mind drift along different ideas I had. After a minute or two, a shadow crossed my door. Looking up, I saw the dark image of someone standing at my door. Then I saw a hand move toward the door handle. It was locked of course and the door could not be opened. Everyone in the department knows not to disturb me during this time of day. The person continued to try and move the handle. I yelled, “It's locked, go away!” The dark form did not leave, but neither did the door handle move again. Just as I was about to call again for them to leave, the door slowly swung open. Bathed in shadows, I saw the silhouette of a man standing in my doorway. Irritated, I said very loudly, “It's locked for a reason!” The person remained silent for a moment. Then he said in a very mellow voice “I am sorry to disturb you.” “If you're sorry, then please leave.” The shadow did not move. “I am afraid I cannot leave. I have a message for you.” “From who?” I asked. “May I come in?” Becoming a bit annoyed, I shot back, “You seem to be in already. What is your message?” The man stepped through the doorway and as he did, the shadows fell away from his face. He wore a dark suit, light blue shirt and dark tie. He was tall and appeared to be middle aged, about thirty-five. “Look...whoever you are, I don't know you so please leave or I'll call security!” His eyes were a dark brown contrasting with his blonde, short, wavy hair. “I am sorry if I startled you. Please bear with me a Click here to read the rest of this story (1067 more lines)
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