“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Ten

Eddy walked cautiously through the dark hallway with his Lantern in his hand. He wanted to find the room where Karen was being held. He was worried for her and he prayed that she was okay. There were no guards patrolling the hallway that night and Eddy breathed a sigh of relief. “Phew! Thank you, Lord!” he whispered.

He then heard the sound of crying coming from a cell. Eddy walked up to the stone door and peered through the stone bars. A little man was lying on the cold floor sobbing hard. Eddy couldn’t stand to see a fellow Small Faith Person suffer so much. He desired to try and encourage him.

“What’s the matter, friend?” he asked kindly.

The sniffling prisoner turned his head up and looked through the bars of the door. The guy who just talked to him, he looked like…no, it couldn’t possibly be!

Eddy quickly knew who the crying Small Faith Person was. “William? Is that you?”

Billy walked up to the door and looked closely at the visitor. “I must be losing my mind,” he mumbled, not believing what he was seeing. “Edward Matthews, is it really you? I heard you were killed by the Natives of Doubt.”

Eddy smiled. “It truly is me, Billy. The Good King preserved me from them.”

Billy was so happy to see an old friend that he reached out his hand to him through the bars. Eddy held his hand tightly and shed tears of joy. He and Billy had been friends for a few years before the attack on their home. It was good to be reunited again.

“You must tell me how the Good King delivered you from our enemies,” said Billy. “That must have been miraculous.”

“When we are all out of this mountain, I will tell you everything.” Eddy promised. Then he remembered the scroll that the angel gave him. He dug into the pocket of his pants and pulled it out. “Billy, this is for you. An angel from Heaven told me to give it to you when I see you.”

Billy took the scroll and started to read it. The words were promises from the Holy Word on being strong in the faith and not giving up. Billy hugged the scroll to his heart. “Thank you, Eddy,” he said to his friend. Then he lifted up his head. “Thank you, Your Majesty.”

Eddy wanted to stay longer with Billy but when he heard footsteps approaching he told him that he would see him again and then quickly left. Billy hid the scroll in his cell and waited to see who was coming.

The stone door slowly opened and Much Cruel along with two guards walked into the cell. He came up to Billy and said authoritatively, “Well, puny insect, are you going to be respectful now and do your work without rebelling?”

The little man now felt new courage after reading the words from the scroll. He stood up straight and tall and answered, “Yes, I will do my best, chief.”

Much Cruel was delighted. “Excellent. I will free you from your solitary confinement in the morning so you can start your servitude.”

When the chief and the guards left, Billy got the scroll out from the hiding place and read the words again. Then he put the scroll in the pocket of his shirt and went to sleep. He had a few hours to rest before he would join the other slaves again.

To Be Continued

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Nine

Billy wasn’t there to see Eddy. He was in solitary confinement due to his outbursts and refusal to work. He was so brokenhearted about Sally that he just didn’t care anymore. He thought about him and his girlfriend when they were kids and it hurt him so much to realize that he would never see her again.

“Dear Master, life is so unbearable without her! I can’t bear this!” he prayed as he sobbed greatly.

After crying for hours he went to sleep on the cold stone floor. He dreamed of the happy times of Small Faith. He saw his people doing their appointed tasks with joy and heard little children laughing. Such beautiful memories. Then images of the Natives of Doubt attacking them appeared in his dream. He moaned and cried aloud: “No! Dear Master, no! Help us! Please!” Billy then woke up and shuddered. He remembered seeing the children being torn away from their parents and the mothers and fathers begging for mercy before they were forced to slave labor. The attack was truly a nightmare for them! Billy still believed that the Small Faith People would be free someday. He didn’t care if he was freed or not, but he hoped for the sake of his people that their deliverance would come speedily.

“I wonder how long they’ll keep me in this cell?” Billy said to himself. “Maybe they’ll kill me like they did with Sally. If that happens at least I won’t have to go through life without her. Perhaps we will wake up together when the Good King returns. That would be so wonderful!”

Billy then got up from the floor and stood up. He gazed at the walls around him and started to recite stories of the Good King from the Holy Word that he had kept in his heart. He began to feel encouraged and decided to believe that whatever plan His Majesty had in mind for him, even if it meant going on without his girlfriend, it was going to be all right.

*******

Karen and Eddy were forced to join the slaves in their labors. Karen was with the women who mended the shoes and clothing; and Eddy was with the men who were working in the gardens. Though they had to suffer along with those they were sent to help, the Lightbearers didn’t complain or grumble. They knew that the Good King was in control. And whenever He was in control, good always came out of it.

The slaves were comforted at having the Lightbearers with them. The presence of the teenage girl and the little man reminded them that the Good King was still with them. The Light of Truth shined brightly from the Lanterns as the Lightbearers labored, which made those who were in charge of the slaves so uncomfortable that they didn’t strike out or lash out at them. For once the Small Faith People were able to work without fear of being beaten up by their oppressors.

When the day was over the slaves were forced back into their rooms. The guards were greatly annoyed because the little people’s countenances were radiated with joy instead of sadness and dread. How could they be so happy when they were still in bondage? The guards hoped that tomorrow they would come to their senses and the sickly smiles would leave their faces.

In the room where the female slaves were Karen sang some songs that she had learned on her adventures. The little women sang along with her. Then they took turns sharing stories from the Holy Word. Karen listened with amazement because though they didn’t have the Holy Word with them their memory of the scriptures was so sharp that it was like they were actually reading them. Oh, to be blessed with the ability to memorize the sacred writings like that! Karen thought as she sighed. The little women then asked Karen if she had a story from the Holy Word to share.

“I’m afraid my memory isn’t good as yours,” she said chuckling. “But I can share with you a story from my Lantern. The one that I like the best is when the Good King walked on the water. Would you like me to share that one?”

“Oh, yes! Please tell us!” said the little women eagerly.  So Karen shared the story with them by using the Lantern. As she read the words that appeared in the glass a huge beam of Light shot out and formed a glowing screen on the wall of the prison. The little women watched in amazement as the scene was being acted out before them. They cheered when they saw the Good King walk on the water toward a boat that was being tossed by the waves of the sea. In the boat were His disciples who were trying to row out of the storm. When the disciples saw the Good King they became very scared and thought that a ghost was coming to get them. But when He spoke to them, they calmed down because they recognized Him. When Peter got out of the boat he started to walk on the water toward the Good King. But when he doubted he began to sink. After crying to the Good King for help, He pulled him out of the water and helped him back into the boat.

When the story was over and the screen with the moving picture disappeared, the little women discussed among themselves what they heard and saw. It was like the Good King was telling them through the story to not give into their enemies and to keep looking to Him. They would be able to walk above their trials and not sink into them as long as they kept believing in His Majesty. They asked Karen to pray for them and the teenage girl gladly did so.

A guard saw that the slaves were still awake and forced them to go to bed. The little women hastened to obey. When they were all asleep in their stone hard beds, Karen quietly got out of her bed and tip toed to the stone door. Her eyes widened as it opened before her as if by an unseen hand, and she looked out. The guards were not in sight. She carefully left the room and walked down the hallway of the cave. Though there were lighted torches on the wall the hallway was dark for Karen. She was glad that she had her Lantern with her to help in showing where she was going. As she continued walking on the stone floor she tried to find the room where the other slaves were. She wanted to make sure that her little buddy, Eddy was all right. She then saw a room where a little woman was sleeping. She carefully walked into the room. She got up close to the bed and looked at her. The poor thing had bruises on her. The Holy Spirit impressed Karen to touch her head with her hand and pray for her. Karen obeyed. As she prayed for her the little woman woke up. When she saw the smiling young girl gazing down at her she knew that she was face to face with a servant of the Good King.

“I can see that you have been sent by our good and loving Master,” said the little woman smiling back. “Who are you, dear?”

The teenage girl answered gently, “I’m Karen The Lightbearer.”

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Eight

When Karen and Eddy walked through the stone door that opened before them in the mountain guards appeared and stopped them with their spears. “Intruders!” they shouted.

Karen was one to not be afraid so easily, but when she was faced to face with these men of amazing strength and stature her heart failed her. Eddy was feeling scared too, especially when one of the guards poked him with his spear and exclaimed:

“Hey! This is the fellow that escaped from us long ago when we attacked Small Faith!”

“You’re right. Why on earth would he come back to us?” said a guard confused.

“The Good King has sent me here to free His people, and my people.” Eddy answered them.

The guards laughed. “You think you can free them from us? Your brain is just as small as your height! We’re going to take you and the young girl to our chief. He will want a good laugh out of this too.”

The two Lightbearers were then dragged roughly to the throne room. Chief Much Cruel was sitting on his purple draped stone chair. When he saw the two shining Lanterns that the prisoners were carrying he gritted his teeth in anger.

“I know who you two are. You are the ones that have been sent to free the Small Faith People. But you will not succeed. You will be enslaved along with them.” He then gazed at Eddy. “I’m sure this will be a nice reunion for you, little one. Now you will be with your people here forever. Ha ha ha ha ha!” He then turned to his guards. “Take them away!”

The guards took Karen and Eddy to the slave quarters. Before they got separated they encouraged one another with promises from the Holy Word that they have kept in their hearts during their adventures.

“Be strong, brother,” said Karen.

“You as well, dear sister,” said Eddy.

Karen was pushed into the room where the female slaves were. As the stone door closed behind her she looked at all the women, who were staring at her in wonder. They looked so tired and miserable that Karen nearly cried. She also noticed that they were dirty as if they hadn’t bathed in a long time.

No wonder the Master of Darkness called the Natives of Doubt his servants. Anyone who can treat people like this have to be under his control. Karen thought to herself.

A little woman slowly came up to her. “Who are you, dear? Why are you here? You’re not from Small Faith like we are.”

“I’m Karen the Lightbearer. The Good King has sent Eddy and I to free you from your slavery.”

The little woman smiled in great joy. “It is true. We are going to leave this terrible place. His Majesty has not forsaken us at all.”

When the other women heard that they cheered.

“We almost lost our faith but now it is returning to us.” the little woman said to Karen. “You and Eddy are going to be the Good King’s instruments in delivering us from the Natives of Doubt. Maybe this will be another exodus like the one that’s mentioned in the Holy Word.” The she asked, “Who is this Eddy? What’s he like?”

“He’s small with blonde hair and a very gentle disposition.” Karen answered as she described her best friend.

“Could it possibly be our Eddy?” a little elderly woman asked.

“No, he’s dead. one of the natives killed him when he tried to escape.” the little woman next to her replied sadly.

“On the contrary,” said Karen smiling, “he’s very much alive. The Good King protected him and he has prayed for the freedom of Small Faith.”

“Where is he?” asked the little woman.

“He’s been taken to where the male slaves are.” Karen answered.

*******

“I can’t believe my eyes!” said a little man as he got closer to the newcomer. “Edward Matthews is that really you?”

Eddy recognized him. “Hello Richard!” he greeted.

The little man embraced him. “It really is you! Oh, Eddy we thought you were killed!”

“The Good King was my Shield and Defense. He kept me from death.” Eddy answered. Then his eyes filled with tears of joy. “I have kept you all in my prayers. Our loving Master has brought us together and He is going to free Small Faith. Praises to His mighty Name!”

“What are you doing here?” Richard asked him.

“I and a friend have come here to free you. You will not forever be slaves to the Natives of Doubt.” He then turned to face the others who were listening. “My dear people, our all mighty Master, the Lord of Heaven and earth, will do wonders in defeating our enemies here and will bring us back to our home so that we can rebuild it. A new day is coming for Small Faith!”

Benjamin scoffed. “Bah! You are deluded, Eddy. You have been captured just like the rest of us and now will suffer slavery like we do. The Good King has abandoned us. I’m even starting to wonder now if there really is such a God. Maybe we have made it up all this time.”

Eddy went up to the elderly little man. “Ben, the Good King is real. He has sent me and Karen to prove it. And He has not abandoned you or anyone else that is suffering here in this mountain of trouble. I pray that you have not lost your faith in Him. You need it if you want to be free. His Majesty will use my friend and I to deliver you from the Natives of Doubt.”

Benjamin laughed. “You have always been the most timid of us. Even when you was a boy you were always scared of your own shadow. What makes you think that you can stand up against these giants? You will cower before them just like we do.”

Eddy felt hurt in being reminded of his past fearful nature, but he didn’t get angry at the mean Small Faith Person. He understood that he along with the rest of his people had suffered a lot at the hands of the Natives of Doubt. With gentleness in his voice he answered the cutting remark:

“Yes, I was a very scared fellow until I learned to surrender my whole life to the Good King. He taught me how to be brave and trusting in Him in the adventures I have had in being His Lightbearer.”

“You’re a Lightbearer?” Richard asked in awe. “No Small Faith Person has ever become a Lightbearer. That requires someone of excellent faith and courage.”

Eddy showed him the Lantern he was carrying. “By His Majesty’s grace, I’m not the person that I was before.”

Richard and the others, including Benjamin looked at the Lantern. They could see that the Light in it was not ordinary because verses from the Holy Word were showing through the glass.

“I’m sorry for not believing you, Eddy,” said Richard. “I can see that you are speaking the truth. You must have truly changed a lot since our departure.”

The others also believed and commented on how wonderful seeing the Light of Truth was to their trouble souls. But Benjamin was still doubtful and said huffily

“I’d like to see how a Lightbearer can withstand all the strength and brutality of the giants in this mountain.”

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Seven

Story Update: I’ve decided to change the residence of the Natives Of Doubt from a cave to a mountain. I feel that this would make more sense.

Eddy’s heart thumped in his chest when he saw the huge mountain towering above them. “Wow, look at the size of it,” he whispered. He then saw windows in the mountain. Judging by the way they were lined up, it looked like there were different compartments inside the mountain. He held his Lantern up toward the windows, hoping to see his captured people in there. Karen held her Lantern up also. It was hard to see but they managed to catch a glimpse of one of the little people scurrying around followed by very tall people who were wearing armor on their bodies and holding spears. The two Lightbearers put their Lanterns down.

“Wow! Those Natives of Doubt sure look big!” said Karen.

“Yeah, and their hatred for all things good is bigger than their size,” said Eddy. “I think this tribe could be labeled as the meanest of all the tribes on the face of this earth.”

“Are you ready, Eddy?” Karen asked him.

“Yes, I’m ready. How I have prayed for this day when Small Faith would be delivered.”

A deep guttural voice replied, “Then you will have to keep on praying, little wretched human! The Small Faith People are mine!”

Karen held her Lantern in front of her. “It’s the Master of Darkness again.”

The fallen angel materialized before them. His glowing red eyes were full of malice and mischief when he looked at the faithful servants of the Good King. His helpers also materialized before the humans.

Karen and Eddy stepped back.

The Master of Darkness spoke:

“This is where your adventure really ends. We will make sure that you die by the hands of my faithful servants who dwell in this mountain.”

The sight of the demons was very chilling to the two Lightbearers. Karen wondered if maybe this time they were really going to die. The Good King had preserved their lives many times when it seemed that their end was imminent. He wouldn’t let them go to sleep until it was time. And if it was time it was going to be alright, for they would reign with the Good King when He came back.

“Don’t you know that if you kill us it will profit you nothing, evil one?” Karen asked the leader of the demons. “We will be in the Kingdom of Heaven and will reign with our Lord forever and ever.”

The Master of Darkness gave a smile that showed through his hood with his glowing red eyes. “We will make sure that you lose your hold on the Most High before we destroy you. If you die in doubt you will resurrect to eternal death at the end of the World. Our servants will make sure that you no longer love and trust in the Most High when they are done with you.”

“In the Name of the Good King be gone!” Eddy commanded.

The Master of Darkness shuddered. He remembered how that small squeaky voice with the power of the Most High was able to chase him away before. He growled, “Very well. Let’s see how strong your faith really is.” Then he and his helpers disappeared.

“Let’s go,” said Karen, as she and Eddy walked toward the entrance of the mountain. The huge stone door opened before them.

“Do you think they are expecting us?” Eddy asked her.

Karen stared at the opened stone door. “Sure looks like it. Let’s hold on tightly to the Light of the Good King’s Truth and keep our hearts in prayer to Him.”

“You can count on me to do that!” said Eddy as he tightly gripped his Lantern. “I’ll never let go of the Truth!”

Karen and Eddy then carefully walked inside.

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Six

When news reached Billy in the slave quarters on what happened to Sally, anger arose in his little heart. If only he was there to protect his dear friend. He then realized with sadness that there was no way he could have saved her from the queen. His lips trembled when he thought of sweet Sally being thrown into the tiger den. Those ferocious beasts pouncing on her and eating her until there was nothing left. Billy wailed and pounded his fists on the wall.

“Why, Your Majesty? Why her? Why did You allow this to happen? She’s my best friend! I can’t bear this! I can’t! Don’t You care? Are You really in control of our situation?”

The other slaves in the room saw his turmoil. Billy had been strong in his faith, but this terrible tragedy seemed to have shatter it. They were now totally convinced that the Good King had left them to die in their slavery.

Billy’s wailing was so loud that the women in their slave quarters heard him, and so did the two guards who were on duty. They entered the room with their spears in hand and commanded in deep voices:

“Shut up! You’re making a lot of noise!”

Billy was so heart broken and angry that he turned to the guards and remarked, “I just lost someone that I care about very much! Can’t I grieve without being pushed around?”

The guards growled at his reply. But seeing how much he was suffering they decided to leave him be. But they would report this disrespect to the chief once they saw him.

When the door closed behind them, Billy stopped pounding on the wall. After wailing a few more times he then collapsed on the floor and wept bitterly.

*******

Outside the mountain, the Master of Darkness was very happy. The Small Faith People were losing their faith in the Good King. Both the men and women were now doubting Him. Now it would be totally useless for Karen and Eddy to help them. The Natives of Doubt totally owned them and as long as they no longer believed the Most High couldn’t free them from their slavery.

“Hahahahaha! Who’s the winner now? You couldn’t stop me in this one!” he exclaimed jubilantly as he looked up into Heaven.

He then called for his helpers. In a matter of seconds all the fallen angels that joined him in the Great Rebellion appeared.

“I have the Small Faith People in my power. There’s no way that the Most High can succeed in His mission through His two Lightbearers. When that teenage girl and little man come we will get them too.” Then he announced defiantly, “Today is a victorious day for the Forces of Evil! Let all Lightbearers and would be Lightbearers of the Most High know about it!”

The demons cheered.

In the distance they could see two Lights coming their way.

“And now the really fun part begins!” said their wicked leader.

To Be Continued.