It was a bright, cloudless spring day; new life blossomed everywhere.
Two young women and a man sat on rustic, wooden chairs in a small,
stark, one windowed room. They had been talking amongst themselves
about what had transpired during the past several weeks. One of the
women wondered if she could have spoken to a few more people.
The second woman was bowed in prayer.
A key unlocked the door to the room and a guard entered.
Time to go!
The trio stood and the smaller woman stepped forward.
This is OUR day. We will go gladly and together. They smiled at one another, walking out into the brilliant sunshine
ahead of the guard on the way to their destination.
Each of the three had an extra bounce in their step. One of the women
had begun to sing a hymn, the other two quickly joining in. The praises
seemed to grow louder as they approached a five foot high stone wall.
Some of the rocks had small pockmarks in them and many jagged pieces
lay on the ground. The three stood in front of the wall side by side.
From the ranks, the guard walked towards them to ask his question.
Do you have any last words?
One by one, each of them responded.
I am following in my Lord Jesuss footsteps. He has never forsaken me,
I will not deny my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I do joyfully relinquish my life in order to be face to face with my
The hymn began again, their voices raised to Heaven, and a minute later
their souls followed.
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