Day 24: Everyman’s Shame (Part 2)

The sin that shame thrives on is in the past, so no one can see it.

But people can see the effect shame has on us.

This is part 2 of a story. See part 1 here

In silence, he heard footsteps approaching, so he straightened, and stood. It would not do to let them see he had a burden.

He knew the burden was invisibile to all but himself, but he was afraid they would see his stoop.

So he steadied himself with a tree, and looked up to see who approached.

Ahoy, Everyman!” his friend called out.

Hello” Everyman replied, nearly losing his balance but catching himself.

What is wrong, my friend? You look pale and a bit unsteady. You’re not falling sick I hope?”

Pale? No, I’m not pale,” Everyman continued with a brief hint of panic in his voice. I must have just stood up too fast.”

Very well,” said his friend (whose name was Faithful), but his eyebrows were laced with concern.

Now what is this new construction?” Faithful asked as he moved toward the open mouth of the cavern.

Please, no!” cried out Everman. I will explain it…later. But now I must…go to my evening prayers.”

With these words, he sent his friend away.

His heart felt as though it were filled with rocks. He ached to tell someone of his shame, but feared their response.

Each day he told himself that he was strong enough, that this time would be the last.

And each day he failed and had to tell himself the same thing over again.

Something had to change.

What was it?

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About Me

I’m a high school student who seeks understanding. There are so many things in life that I would like to understand, but it’s hard.

  • How can I live a good life?
  • How can I make people like me?
  • How can I draw close to God?
  • What should I do after high school?

I call myself “Surrendered,” but to be surrendered is more of a process than a destination. I’m not perfect by any means, and I struggle a lot. Nevertheless, I place my hope in God, and trust that he will give me the answers.