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a small safe vessel...
By richard lloyd cederberg
Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Last edited: Saturday, June 27, 2015
This short story is rated "PG13" by the Author.
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A SMALL SAFE VESSEL


The headwaters stretched out as far as they both could see. Exiting the eastern end of the lake pure water flowed northwest towards cloud-laced horizons; and like a twisting-snake the river disappeared slowly into a distant obscuring mist.

What battles they had fought to reach this place. It had been exhausting, and the wisdom and strength necessary to make the journey had been influenced by daily prayers guiding them through each unfolding circumstance. But still, so often they felt ill-equipped, and unprepared, despite their faith. Thinking that more was needed to accomplish what’d been set before them, they both had to settle for less to accomplish what was (at first) seen as the impossible.

Always Alex pondered his inadequacies. And through the years that unfortunate thinking had caused many false starts and unnecessary fears to interfere. Another path was right before them. A powerful new chapter was about to begin in my friends life. He and Jill had reached another goal and obedience had brought them to this particular place, alone together, on yet another trailhead, preparing to embark once again on a fresh new season.

“I remember a still small voice whispering,” he’d told Jill. “This is your path. Walk in it. This is my will for you and your wife.”

Often he recalled that quick-tempered younger man who’d begun the journey swaggering, full of himself, verbose, and with grandiose goals. Many days were wasted struggling with an endless & miniscule myriad of details he thought were important. But alas... So few memories of past accomplishments held him captive anymore. Time had humbled him. He had not become the man he’d wanted to, and he had not savored life the way he thought he would. Here, at another threshold, two hearts stood quietly humbled. Artistic adventurers gasping in wonderment at the end of another blessed victory. Alive and eager, another new season was beginning. Heart to heart, and hand in hand, they pushed their small safe vessel into the river and together embarked towards the distant mountains.

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Reviewed by Marvin Cox Flynn 11/4/2014
Wow, is all I can say. Nope, that's a lie, 'cause I always got something to say, babbler that I am. Cut to the chase? You have painted a living picture that your reader can easily step inside of to live this story alongside your characters. I like that in a story or a novel. This story (I suppose it categorizes as flash fiction which I am not good at in the least because I am simply too wordy)says a lot in very few words, and in my humble opinion you have written the introductory paragraphs to what could easily be continued as an adventure novel based upon the lives and adventures of these two people/characters whom you seem to know well enough to gather data in completing such an interesting project ...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/27/2014
A wonderful metaphor for starting over. I guess the lake was quite stormy. Perhaps the stream leading away will be more tranquil.

Ron
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/27/2014

enjoyed reading your interesting work.

Reviewed by Ann Marquette 6/26/2014
Great story Richard :-)

Blessings to you and yours,

ann

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