The asymmetrical composition of the aura was anomalous. Darkness intertwined with brilliant colors. However, at the forefront, it was beautiful and bright.
Maybe Cam had a connection to God recently. Is he trying to turn his life around?
“Hello Pehr, I was going to call on you this afternoon.” He said. I countered, “I hope that doesn’t mean a butt whooping. ” Blushing, Cam said. ” Aw naw, Pehr. I was coming to apologize. I….uh, I can’t speak for my brother, but I’m a changed man. I want to apologize for all the horrible things we, well mostly I did to you.”
My teeth clenched in the recollection of all those years of emotional and physical torment. A flash of bitterness, followed by a calm only achieved through God. If Jesus forgave his crucifiers, I can forgive Cam.
“Cam, I forgive you,” I said as I reached out to shake his hand.
For the first time since I’ve known him, I saw him smile genuinely.
“What brought on your change of heart, Cam?” I asked.
He said, “Pehr. Would you let me buy you a cup of coffee? I can meet you at the bakery after my haircut.”
I nodded in affirmation. then walked across the street to the bakery. Using the few minutes alone to pray for guidance.
Cam approached, took the hat from his shorn head then slid into the booth. He blew his steaming coffee, took a sip, then began his testimony. “I had bought flowers for Aunt Bess’ grave. As I approached the plot I saw two cranes posted on opposite ends of the gravestone. They remained still as I placed the flowers atop the stone. I sat on the bench beside her grave for over an hour. They didn’t budge. My Aunt Bess truly loved me and Devin. Before she passed she sat us both down and prayed. She wanted us to grow up with a strong belief in God. Well, we both let her down.
The emotions I felt sitting by her graveside brought me to my knees. I knelt by that bench and prayed. I prayed for forgiveness. I prayed he’d make a path for me. A way out of the life of hate. As I prayed the pair of cranes came over and stood, one on each side. A calm moved through me. I was a new man. God’s forgiveness made me feel free. But I knew I should apologize to those I hurt so many times.”
As he talked, tears rolled down his face. He spoke of how the cranes brought comfort. He’d tried to tell Devin about his spiritual conversion. He only laughed and taunted him.
“Cam, thank you for sharing your story with me. I’ll continue praying for you, and Devin.” I said as I got up to leave.
“You know, Pehr, you make me feel calm and at peace. Kinda like those ole cranes.” I smiled and walked out.
Yep, Orion and Rigel.