I am afraid that if we have the encourage to be real, then the following story, though might be fiction could very well be non-fiction. Life as we know it is not like the sun will always rise in the East. There are lots of exceptions to the ideals we believe in. For our life-spans here, good do not always triumph over evil and neither is justice always served.
You need to bring with you faith when you read this story. You need to believe that even as this story ends, a most unhappy ending, the truth is that it has not ended yet. It is just not yet complete and there is no consensus among us breathing mortals on how it will really end.
In the end good will triumph over evil but not necessarily in our lifetimes.
So here is the story of someone who seems to have triumphed without leaving heartprints. Again, I have this story here only to make this blog real to life as lived by the majority of us.
Toward the end of Sunday service, the Minister asked,
'How many of you have forgiven your enemies?
' 80% held up their hands.
The Minister then repeated his question. All responded this time, except one small elderly lady. 'Mrs. Neely?';
'Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?' I don't have any.' She replied, smiling sweetly.
'Mrs. Neely, that is very unusual. How old are you?' 'Ninety-eight.' she replied.
'Oh, Mrs. Neely, would you please come down in front & tell us all how a person can live ninety-eight years & not have an enemy in the world?'
The little sweetheart of a lady tottered down the aisle, faced the congregation, and said:
"I outlived the bitches!"
I almost wanted to boldface the last line, but why should I? I know by faith that is a losing line!