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Heart of Stone
by Jaime Johnesee
I was built by you in 1134 AD. Every stone in my exterior is well-worn, weathered, and beaten. The winds and rains may have rounded my corners so that I looked soft, but—centuries later—I am still standing strong and doing my job; protecting His worshippers and giving them a place to praise Him. My job hasn’t always been as easy as it is now.
I watched humankind craft The Magna Carta, heard tell of William Wallace and mourned the whispered news of his death. I saw Lutheran writings start to take hold within the community and watched as King Henry VIII severed ties with the Catholic Church.
I saw James I of England take the throne. Even saw the Catholic Relief Act pass and women won the right to enroll in Cambridge. Huzzah! I have stood through two world wars and many, many more battles and skirmishes of all kinds. My stones are chipped and scarred, but they’re nothing compared to the pain in my heart from watching you.
And I have watched you. I watched as you did everything you could to label yourselves and each other. Watched as an Us vs Them mentality began to take hold over the decades and it led to further separation of peoples, even as the world united online. Through it all, still you persist in your attempt to box everything into its labeled container.
It’s maddening. Skin tone, gender, religion and other personal beliefs, all reasons you humans give to blindly hate each other. Having something to hate makes everything easier, doesn’t it?
Never did for me; but, I’m made of stone. So, what do I know?
I look forward to the day you realize it’s only ever been about loving and caring for your fellow earthlings in whatever ways you can. I hope to still be standing when you realize you can all come together as one species, homo sapiens.
I hope you all learn to come together and accept each other both despite and for your differences. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be sitting here watching and waiting.
Fiction © Copyright Jaime Johnesee
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Jaime Johnesee:
Book 1: Cast In Blood: An unknown force threatens Heaven and Hell, along with every soul on Earth. Three unlikely heroes join together to restore universal balance. Will their shared adversary initiate an Apocalypse before they’re able to uncover the truth, or will they rise to a calling that has, from the beginning of time, been Cast in Blood?
Book 2: Cast In Fire: Chaos has taken over, wreaking havoc not only across the globe but also throughout Heaven and Hell. The next apocalyptic seals have been breached, and the leaders of the ethereal realms are paying the price. With tensions high and defenses at an all-time low, Polly, Lenny, and Drew continue to hunt down the evil behind it all. Millennia-old secrets rise to the surface, testing friendships and pushing loyalties to their breaking points. With the clock ticking and uncertainty in the air, will enough time remain to unravel a curse that the darkest of forces have Cast in Fire?
Book 3: Cast In Shadow: The final seals of the apocalypse are within the enemy’s grasp. Our trio—the demon, the shapeshifter, and the succubus—continue to battle the djinn hell-bent on world domination. With God and Lucifer missing, Heaven and Hell are more vulnerable than ever, while Earth has been reduced to a battleground of famine and despair. Will Lenny, Drew and Polly be able to unmask the Master and stop their evil plan? Or will the djinn succeed and our heroes find that their world has been forever Cast in Shadow?