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What Water Tastes LikeI am a great actress.I have been hiding my painfor years now.Spiritual warfare isn't somethingevery teen girl goes throughbutGod knows.He knows how much I've criedbehind my bathroom door,mentally sore,can't take much more -only to come out as ifnothing could ever damage me...I listened to the enemy."Unworthy, unloved, unwanted.""Put that blade to your body."And I did.I told myself I never would,told myself I never could.That's something that shouldnever even cross my mind.But it did.A girl as young as meshouldn't be battling death,but I have since third grade.Jesus was my aid.Nights he would serenademe to sleep,reassuring I am His to keep.Morning came and He would shout,"Child! Do not doubt.There is so much to live for -this is not what I have in storefor you."But it wasn't easy.Sometimes I couldn't hearand out of anger and fearI screamed at the Lorddoubting He'd appear.But He always did.And He will continueto surprise me -that's just who He is
RenewThe pig carcass filled most of the stainless tub where the delivery men had laid it. Freshly slaughtered, but not butchered, it had taken four of them to lift it there. None of them spoke to Rinnovi, only pausing for him to sign for the animal before they left.On the way to the door, one of the men pointed at the stickers affixed to virtually every item in the house; black typewritten names and addresses on white shipping labels. The leader of the group nudged him and shook his head 'no', before hurrying him out the door.Rinnovi poured a scotch, and turned on the kitchen vid display, his own visage peering back at him with a smile. He froze the frame, leaving the remote on the island beside the second stainless tub."Osiris, prepare to renew." He spoke aloud to the empty room."Preparations underway." The voice, angel soft and faintly Irish filled the room seemingly from everywhere at once. Both of the tubs began to fill with a steaming viscous liquid, spattering against the steel, a