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“Excuse me miss, I know you don’t work here
but do you happen to know where I can find some band-aids,”
the man said with a smile.
I hardly knew where anything was in this grocery store but
I knew where the band-aids were due to my clumsiness. This
guy was extremely handsome and polite. He reminded me so
much of… I couldn’t even think it.
“Yea, sure, there right down that aisle,” I
said pointing out the band-aid aisle.
He gave me another one of those familiar smiles and went
on his way. I smiled back. As soon as he grabbed the band-aids
he came back up to me.
“I just wanted to say thank you, so um would you like
to go out sometime you know, like on a date? Dinner and
“A date? I don’t know uh…”
“Yea, I don’t think a date is a good idea, Alex.
Don’t get me wrong! You seem like a really nice guy
but I just got out of a long relationship and I just don’t
“Oh, um, around two years ago,” he raised his
“I know that’s a long time but…”
“Don’t stress, I get it. He must have been pretty
special. I know how that is, but if you spend your life
wallowing about the past, you’ll miss out on some
great things in your future.
Like Philippians 3:13 says “…forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are before.” He began to retrieve back to the
“Wait!” I yelled to him.
“What about it?”
“It’s from the bible.”
“Nothing gets by you!” Wow, so he’s a
Christian. As soon as I heard that I got a feeling inside
me just like the feeling I got when I was on my first date
with Jake, except this time it was stronger.
“That’s really cool. Now about that date.”
This could be good.
And the best part: I wasn’t even thinking about the
loser who broke my heart.
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5 years later
“Please don’t do this to me, Alex please don’t
go,” the tears stung my eyes but I couldn’t
even feel them.
There was a darker, scarier feeling inside me that conquered
every pain I have ever been through. As Alex was lying there,
dying from this horrid disease, I couldn’t help but
thinking: take me too God, if he’s got to go please
take me too! I didn’t want to be in this world without
him. We’ve been through so much together; we got married
two years ago. We dated three years before that since we
met in that grocery store. How could this happen? He was
the greatest man I have ever met he was so good to me and
faithful to the Lord. The tears continued to roll down my
eyes like they had since three days ago when we found out
how much longer Alex had left with us.
“I love you Grace, you know how much I love you right?”
I just nodded my head, I moved my lips but the words just
wouldn’t come out.
I never left that emergency room. The nurses brought my
food with Alex’s even though he was passed out most
the time. I never took my eyes off him except to sleep.
People came and went. Family members, friends, friends of
friends, and friends of family, all of them. It seemed to
hit them all pretty hard as if they don’t usually
deal with this kind of pain but it’s different for
me. I have lost many loved ones in my lifetime and not all
necessarily to death. Sometimes I don’t understand
why it happens but I know God has a purpose. He always has
and he always will. But this is something you can never
get used to and the pain never lessens. Because it’s
always hard to let go especially when you don’t expect
it. Three months had passed since we got the news. That
was it. It was over now. He would go anytime soon, to a
better place but I couldn’t stand to watch him go.
I cried again, now more than I have ever cried in my life.
Because I knew it was all going to end in a matter of days,
hours, maybe seconds. I held on to Alex with all I had left
refusing to let him go, but he didn't ask. I couldn’t
let go even if he did. I planned on staying that way for
as long as I could. I’d hold him forever if I could.
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The next day Alex died. More tears more pain more sleepless
nights. More trying to tell myself not to worry, to be happy
for him, but never convincing. I used to think it was only
hard when I was young and it would be easier when I was
older but here I was 25 years old and still stuck in the
same painful endless cycle. I grieved for months people
thought I had went into such a deep depression that I would
never be the old me again. They were right I was never the
same after that but the weird thing was instead of losing
hope like most people do when they’ve been through
what I have I gained more faith than ever before. I don’t
know why but suddenly I realized that God is the only way
out of this suffering. I thought about the verse Alex had
said when we first met five years ago in the grocery store.
I looked it up and read the whole thing aloud but only for
me to hear.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead”
that verse was very special to me, actually it was the main
reason Alex and I started dating. I miss him so much. Tears
come once again, I didn't think I would have any left but
I did. My cheeks burned from all the tears since everything
had gone downhill. There were red streaks where that had
flooded down my face. I was running out of food even though
I barely ate anymore so I went to the grocery store. A different
grocery store than the one where it all began. No, the one
close to home, the one where it all ended.
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