TITLE: Magazine Covers 3-5-15
By Lois Lewis
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Elin Soelberg shuddered at the unkempt look of the old woman who was dumpster diving. As she strode past a homeless man, lying on the sidewalk in his vomit covered clothing, Elin whispered, “riffraff.”
“But for the grace of God, go I,” was not a thought that had ever flickered across the screen of Elin’s mind. You can’t withdraw from your memory bank, what hasn’t been deposited. At twenty-six, Elin had never opened a Bible. She thought it was for the naïve, and simple-minded. She’d only been inside a church building one time, to attend the wedding of a co-worker.
At the age of seven months, Elin had been awarded first place in a pageant search for baby models. All of her life, she’d been told how beautiful she was. Always, ‘dressed to the nines,’ anyone in the world of high fashion could tell you, Elin Soelberg wouldn’t be caught dead without makeup.
Throughout her childhood, Elin’s parents had entered her in all the upscale beauty contests. Along the way, she earned money as a model, to help support the family’s opulent lifestyle. In return, they catered to her. She’d been given everything money could buy.
Elin knew, most of what there was to know, about runways and catwalks, designer clothing and sunglasses, shoes and handbags, jewelry, perfumes, manicures and pedicures. But she knew nothing of the God who created her lithe body, creamy looking skin, silky blonde hair, blue eyes, bright-white teeth, and lush lips.
From a rolled-down taxi window, a member of the paparazzi clicked photos of Elin as she walked along the sidewalk. At one point, he stopped shooting to yell, “Miss Soelberg, do you believe in the Trinity?” Sticking her nose in the air, she thought, “Of course: me, myself, and I.”
“Good morning, Miss Soelberg,” the doorman said, as Elin entered the twenty-two story building. As was her usual practice, she ignored the doorman. Alone in the elevator, Elin suffered a massive stroke, and her, “spirit returned to God who gave it.” That’s a quote from Ecclesiastes, a book in the Bible, Elin thought she was too sophisticated to read.
Suddenly, Elin found herself in unfamiliar territory. She had no idea what she was supposed to do, minus her physical body, lipstick, and mascara. She heard a nearby voice say, “Elin, if you had read the Bible, you would know those things are unimportant. God looks at the heart, not the outward appearance.”
“You’ve spent the days ordained for you on earth, pursuing things that have no eternal value. There are no photo shoots, or magazine covers here. It saddens me to say, you have no treasures laid up, and there is no mansion prepared for you.”
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