Chapter Twenty Four:
“Mom this isn’t going to be easy, but I know I need to do this. I am going to have to leave soon for the academy, but I worry about you guys too. I don’t know if any of us will ever feel at peace until he is caught. I can’t not believe the hatred this man has in his heart. Hatred for the very people he should love.”
“I know Vania, but we are going to be okay. I hate to see you go and we are going to miss you, and yes we will worry about you, but if this is what God is calling you to do Vania we will accept that.”
“I know Mom and I know this is hard on you, but I appreciate your support. It’s hard on me too, because I feel like I am leaving my family behind.”
“Vania please don’t feel that way, it’s your time to shine, and you are going to make a great officer the force is going to be better for having you.”
“I hope so.”
“I know so Vania, and don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t do something because you are a woman or because of any differences you may have. God makes us all different, it’s our job to let ourselves shine as we try to do our best to live the best for the Lord.”
“Vania your Mother is right, and we are always going to love you. We are always going to be your Mom and Dad so now doubt we will worry about you, but we are going to love you and do our best to support you in what you decide to do. And we are proud that you are following in our footsteps, sometimes we wish you would have been called to an easier career in life, but there is a reason the Lord is calling you to follow in our footsteps and we are going to do our best to help you okay Vania?”
“Thank you Daddy.”
“You’re welcome sweetheart. We have reason to be proud of all of our children, you all have seen so much hurt in your lives, but none of you have let it turn you bitter. That shows what strong children we have.”
“You and Mom have taught us well.”
It did hurt that Vania would be spreading her wings to fly, but it was her time. She was no longer the scared little girl, but a growing woman who was about to embark on a life of her own.
I turned to the Bible for comfort and guidance after our talk with Vania. I knew in just a short time my daughter would be gone, facing the world on her own. I was a bit frightened especially considering all our family was being put through, but I knew my daughter could not put off living her life forever. Vania was determined and if it was her time to spread her wings I understood that she must do that. I could not hold her back, because I knew at that age I had not wanted to be held back. But that was also around the age I was shot, the age my world turned upside down. But I had managed to turn it around, to turn a negative into something positive, that was by the grace of God, the same grace that was going to see Vania through the academy.
My Bible reading turned me to 1Chronicles 29
Gifts for Building the Temple
1 Then King David said to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the LORD God. 2 With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise,[a] stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities. 3 Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: 4 three thousand talents[b] of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents[c] of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, 5 for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the LORD today?”
6 Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave willingly. 7 They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents[d] and ten thousand darics[e] of gold, ten thousand talents[f] of silver, eighteen thousand talents[g] of bronze and a hundred thousand talents[h] of iron. 8 Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the LORD in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9 The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
10 David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, LORD,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15 We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 16 LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 LORD, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.”
20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the LORD your God.” So they all praised the LORD, the God of their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before the LORD and the king.
Solomon Acknowledged as King
21 The next day they made sacrifices to the LORD and presented burnt offerings to him: a thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs, together with their drink offerings, and other sacrifices in abundance for all Israel. 22 They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the LORD that day.
Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the LORD to be ruler and Zadok to be priest. 23 So Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him. 24 All the officers and warriors, as well as all of King David’s sons, pledged their submission to King Solomon.
25 The LORD highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor such as no king over Israel ever had before.
The Death of David
26 David son of Jesse was king over all Israel. 27 He ruled over Israel forty years—seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 28 He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.
29 As for the events of King David’s reign, from beginning to end, they are written in the records of Samuel the seer, the records of Nathan the prophet and the records of Gad the seer, 30 together with the details of his reign and power, and the circumstances that surrounded him and Israel and the kingdoms of all the other lands.
“Vania do not lose faith when you face trials that you may face in life, because the moments when you feel God is farthest away, is when you need to be reaching out to him most.”
“Thank you Mom, I will remember that, and I have seen that truth throughout my life. I am going to continue to lean on him. I am not going to be turned bitter by the things of the world.”
“I am glad to hear that Vania, because you will face temptations.”
“I know and I am going to do everything in my power to resist.”
“I know you will Vania, I am proud of the decisions you have made.”
“Thank you Mom.”