The Good Shepherd's Keeper: Vol. I
a story by B. Civyl
I read somewhere that if you want to be successful as a writer, you have to write about topics that make you uncomfortable. If true, then I guess I'm off to a good start, because faith and religion have always made me uneasy. It's like if you even mention God to people who aren't of like-minded belief, it's automatically assumed that you're trying to evangelize them. So I keep my mouth shut to all but my closest friends and family, because I don't want to be that person always trying to shove my beliefs down other peoples' throats.
But deep down I feel conflicted. I'm conflicted because I do believe in the importance of belief. Without belief, there can be no acceptance into the afterlife, but who has the right to say whose beliefs are right and true? Certainly not me. All I can do is share what I believe, and hope that I can give people a reason to believe.
I speak with my hands what I am too uncomfortable to speak with my mouth, adding flair and embellishment for the sake of fiction. Because that is what "The Good Shepherd's Keeper" is - a work of fiction. So before you go accusing me of blasphemy or heresy or even idolatry, remember that in all our beliefs we were taught not to judge and to love one another. Just because we don't agree doesn't mean we can't B. Civyl.