Day 2, Monday
Our story begins with Julia, wife of a minister in Wales. As Merideth and their six children leave for church she looks forward to some time alone. Those plans are interrupted when two strangers enter the picture. The end result is that Julia witnesses one of the men transforming from a man to a wolf and back again. The other man rapes her, but the wolf scratches her thigh, then gives her a warning. Basically she's to tell her husband to get out of Dodge. That's basically the prologue and I hope Sue doesn't butcher me for butchering her story so quickly. I just wanted to give you the setting. Of course, chapter one begins much later and there are new names. Julia and Merideth seem to have been forgotten. Our three main characters are Penelope, Richard and Ceese.
It is here that we see how painstakingly Ms. Dent has gone to be true to the traditional vampire, while still portraying them as victim as well as predator. The love Penelope and Richard share is so very real, and realistically portrayed. This relationship is very important as the foundation of the story. Richard, our favorite vampire, truly loves Penelope, and it is that single thing that helps him hold on to some forgotten memories. It's difficult for me to get into the story without spoiling it for you readers. There are a lot of really wonderful things in here. One I'll never forget is that when Penelope is dying, and realises it, she meets with Richard and has him quote John 3:16. This verse is known to almost every Christian. It's usually the first verse they ever learn by heart, “For God so love the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The problem is the curse. The curse that Richard has makes it painful to even think about things that are holy. The word holy alone causes anguish. Now to have him mention the name of God, to quote Scripture about God's great act of love, well, you'll have to read it to really feel it.
Isn't it the same in our society? How many people just can't mention the name of Jesus or God without scoffing at the name? Atheists are so incensed with hatred towards a God they claim doesn't exist that they spend a lot of time and effort trying to prove He doesn't exist. Now I don't believe Buddha was a god, or Baal, or Odin, or any of the pantheon of gods paraded before us from various societies and religions. I don't, however, spend time trying to disprove it. The fact that my God exists is enough. What does surprise me is the depth of the love of God. Just when I think I've glimpsed the vastness of it God reveals something new, and I realize just how small my view of God's love is. It is this love that is painful. For Jesus is the Light, and we all know that vampires have a difficult time with light.
So what was Penelope doing bringing Richard face to face with the one thing that caused him so much anguish? She loved him, remember. She had to touch that part of him that was not yet ruined by the curse. She had hopes for him, hopes that he would one day be free of his curse. That's the reason she called for Ceese, a young woman who just so happens to be a werewolf. Young here is a relative term. She's nearly as old as Richard, and she also is seeking to free herself of her curse. She has one thing that Richard doesn't, hope. She has a hope that there is a way, some way, to rid herself of this curse she has. It is that hope that Richard so desperately needs. At the end of 1st Corinthians 13 we are told that there are three things that are greater than everything else. They are faith, hope and love. He needs to be reminded of this love and introduced to the possibility of hope. Without the combination of the two there will never be an avenue for faith to take root in his heart.
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