Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's Official I'm In

I told a friend this morning, than whenever I cannot pray I write letters to God and put them in sealed envelopes and 'post' them in my bible. I've collected a  storage box filled with these letters, some dating as far back as  those troubled days of my twenty's when I felt like the world was against me and everyone hated me.
I'm mentioning these letters because for the past seven months or so, I've been dancing in the furnace and not realizing that I have not been alone. I really have not been as intense with my prayer life as I would like to be, quite frankly I've fallen down flat on my face. Oh I've done my novenas, but I have not prayed. It does appear I've been distracted by the fires raging around me and taken my eyes off my companion who has been in the fire taking the heat for me. I've just not sat still enough to absorb the protection that my companion in the furnace has been offering.
As 'mortals' we always feel we HAVE to be doing something to get God's attention. We seldom realize that we already have his attention and it is for our benefit. So maybe my inability to pray was God's way of telling me 'write to me to improve your style and your consistency, so that you can become the writer I've called you to be." Maybe that's why nothing else has worked for me.
So I'm writing my letters to God, pouring out my heart to my Creator as prayer AND I'm blogging for the next 111 days, knowing that all things work together for good for those who believe and are called according to His purpose.
I'm called and I'm on purpose. Watch me now!
Cheers

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LE NOIREAU- Prologue

There was chaos in Scotland Bay Village. Everywhere, everyone was busy; packing, unpacking, leaving burnt bare lands for the Americans.

Away from the noises and confusion the aquamarine Caribbean waves played a soft calypso rhythm, strumming, rippling, kissing bare toes, feet and ankles dug deep into the cold, clammy sand.

The air was laden, ready, thick with the rancid scent of seaweed, salt and smoke carried in the spray; pushed by angry, crashing, foaming waves against a stony coastline up and around the Bay’s end.

She was misted; creating an eerie appearance as she sat back hunched on a fallen tree trunk embedded in the sand; knees tucked under the wide folds of her skirt. Damp grainy sand and the sea waters rushed up; bubbling in between her fingers and feet. Gently she rested her chin on her knees and looked out at the fading horizon, watching the day in its brilliance and splendor of death at sunset. The fiery gold of the sun’s rays; fingering, shimmering on the aquamarine canopy of the sea, dazzling blinding and ever so slowly, churning to taunting, tangerine orange and saffron reds; cascading into purple, violets and royal blue of evening time with ballet like precision. And later as stars peeping first play hide and seek with the naked eye, streaks of charcoal gray strut into midnight black, shadowing the earth into illusions of peace-fullness, as twinkling jewels finally sparkle in the phosphorescent gleam of a splendid Caribbean moonlight.

The gulf steamer disregarding war time surveillance orders; tugged by, alerting Astral Le Noireau to the lateness of the hour. She sighed lifted tiny hands from the sand and stared as the grains quietly trickled back into their places on the seemingly un-rumpled shore. The signal light of the streamer as it passed by and answering flashed from the lighthouse, momentarily blinded her as she turned huge tear filled almond shaped golden eyes up and then out, taking in the silver-ness of the long familiar Scotland Bay coastline, now bathed in the beauty of a full Caribbean moonlight. The gentle breeze blew her blue black hair into her eyes and face, as one hand rose gracefully to whip the unruly strands back into place. Silently a figure standing in the shadows of a coconut palm tree observed her.

Astral stood crying silently, watching the village she so love fade into the night shadows as the steamer padded laboriously out into the first Boca. Every inch further way from Scotland Bay felt like a fist clenching around her lung, stifling her, killing her. She stood rooted until Chateau le Noireau was no longer visible as they rounded the bend at Delgada Point. Until tears of frustration overwhelmed her and she crumbled to the seat on the almost empty steamer. Astral Le Noireau and her precious possession were some of the last things to evacuate from her village.

The Marines had put her on the ferry.

(c) 2006 Cecly Ann Mitchell


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