Once upon a time,
There was a little girl,
She smiled a big smile, laughed, and played with carefree abandon.
One day, upon seeing such a sight, her parents told her to calm down – little girls aren’t suppose to act this way.
Wanting to make her parents happy, she quieted her laughter and hid her smile.
As the girl turned into a young lady, her light shone bright; she let her heart lead her to many choices that brought her joy.
One day, upon seeing such a sight, her friends and parents told her to calm down – young ladies aren’t suppose to act this way.
Wanting to make her friends and parents happy she dimmed her light and let her friends lead the way.
As the young lady turned into a woman, she wore a veil across her face. She no longer let her light shine; she hid herself away in the recesses of her heart.
She grew anxious & restless; she experienced a sadness so profound she felt like she was drowning.
Upon seeing all of this, He walked up to her and placed His hand upon her shoulder. “Don’t you think it’s time you came out now Child?” He said.
“It’s not safe,” she said, “I would rather the comfort of this veil than the shame of my existence.“
He shook His head, “When I created you, I hadn’t thought I would bear witness the day that my own creation would forsake her own inherent beauty.”
He continued, “Those who seek to shame you carry within themselves shame of their own existence.” He explained, “be brave Child for in your forgiveness of them you set yourself free.”
She considered His words while facing a mirror. Tears flowed from her eyes. In that moment, she forgave those who trespassed her and forgave herself.
Once the moment had passed, a very curious thing happened,
The ties of the veil had started to loosen.
It fell to the ground exposing her face.
As she stood there with Him, looking at an image she thought she had long forgotten, a big smile spread across her face.
For the first time in years,
The little girl hidden by the woman in the veil,
Was finally free.