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Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)
TITLE: Orange Alert for Heart Luggage
By Cyndie Odya-Weis
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In my dream, security guards inspected the contents of my heart. My physical heart was one thing with its clear arteries and well-functioning valves. Middle age was kind to me following decades of good habits and clean living. My old pumper was, after all, like the suitcase I received for high school graduation some 30 years ago- well preserved.
But what would the security inspectors find in the contents of the luggage of my heart. Would they be impressed by the words I penned each week for www.faithwriters.com? Would they raise an eyebrow at remnants of the nasty complaint letters that wielded certificates of apology? Would the guards declare the contents of my heart’s luggage unsafe for travel with the possibility of explosive unresolved anger or toxic thoughts? What would they find buried in the side-pockets of my heart?
Things I’d collected and lugged along in life’s travels indeed clutter an otherwise clean and grateful heart. I doubted that the guards would approve my heart luggage. In the deep stages of sleep, anxiety increased, orange lights flashed and sirens blared.
Wait! A wave of silence drowned all sounds as a hand reached for the luggage tag of my heart.
Owner: Jesus, payer of all tariffs, fines and fees; cleanser of all grime and crud in the heart; forgiver of all sins.
Looking to see who had thought to check the tag, I saw only the flowing sleeve of a white robe- and a gentle hand.
A kind voice began to chant, “You’re forgiven, you are mine. You’re forgiven, you are mine. You’re forgiven, you are mine………. You’re forgiven………..
I awoke to the repetitive sounds of the spin cycle. My clothes were clean. I smiled and put my hand on my chest. I felt the steady beat and momentarily relished the embrace of the one who keeps me clean- from the inside out.
My trip- and my luggage- were going to be just fine.
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