The Orphan Keeper’s Assistant – Chapter 2

Once upon a time, the Enchanter decreed that all who had disease or defects that could not be cured would be cast outside the city and left to die. All the unwanted and all the odd were cast out and all those who belonged to no one, except orphans. Orphans were kept because they were useful to the Enchanter.

In the blazing sun, a young woman picked her way across the garbage dump outside the Enchanted City. She wore sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat to protect her pallid skin, and a large, round button that read: WE LOVE CHILDREN-—Orphan Keepers’ Association.

She kept slipping on the mounds of garbage. Even behind sunglasses, her eyes were bothered by light. “Whoops! Down again. Watch out! Light’s white,” she mumbled to herself. “Smats! Huffy-puffy. Garbage dumps are stuffy.”

Stained and healthy from her falls, she approached Stonegate Entrance to Great Park. She thought she would rather do anything than go on this wild orphan chase. “Miss a day’s sleep. Smudges!” How was she supposed to get these gates opened? She’d never been in this dreadful park before, but this was where the Burners said the orphans had gone.

She rattled the iron gate, noticed a curled potato skin caught on her sleeve, and swept it away. She rattled again. Nothing budged. She tried to crawl over the gate, but her legs kept slipping and her button caught between the thin rails. She finally stood back and hollered, “Does anybody h-e-a-r … m-e-e-e-e-e?” Her hat bobbed back and forth. She shifted her bulging basket of a purse and shouted again. “Does anybody h-e-a-r … me-e-e-e-e-e?”

No answer. She tried another idea. “I am The Orphan Keepers Assistant! In the name of the Orphan Keeper, open! I am hunting for orphans!”

The gates creaked open. She was impressed by the power of the name she had shouted, never suspecting for a moment that the gates always opened for hunters.

 

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The Orphan Keeper’s Assistant: The Kingdom is for Outcasts

The Orphan Keeper’s Assistant: The Kingdom is for OutcastsOnce upon a time, the Enchanter decreed that all who had disease or defects that could not be cured would be cast outside the city and left to die. All the unwanted and all the odd were cast out and all those who belonged to no one, except orphans. Orphans were kept because they were useful to the Enchanter. Thus begins Chapter two of the God Stories for Children, Tales of the Kingdom, by Dr. David and Karen Burton Mains.

The feeling of being rejected is overwhelming to most people. Becoming an outcast sometimes comes as a result of a bad decision, association with those who have a questionable reputation, and many other reasons which may cause blemishes to a person’s character.

The Orphan Keeper’s Assistant was one such outcast who was now following the commands of the Enchanter without question just to gain his favor. Her father had died in the Bellows works beneath the city and her mother had been an outcast. She had no friends and had become the Orphan Keeper’s Assistant because she served the Orphan Keeper and the Evil Enchanter without question, not because they cared for her. She wanted to belong somewhere.

To her surprise she learned that there was a place she could be and be accepted as someone who belongs. She met Mercie who introduced her to the King, the King who would break the bonds that had her bound by defeat. Now she belonged to the Kingdom along with those who were free, free from guilt and shame. Sometimes we have to lose everything to find everything. Things may not always be what they seem to be. In trying to find the faults of others, we may discover the very thing that has caused us to feel rejections, just as the Orphan Keeper’s Assistant had done.

Jeremiah 30:17 tells us, “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.”

And so the hunter stayed because she found the orphan she had been seeking ­herself. She discovered that the Kingdom was for outcasts, and one must be an outcast to follow the king.

Why Do You Serve the Enchanter?

Chapter 2: The Orphan Keeper’s Assistant – Why do You Serve the Enchanter?If you were to look up the expression “creature of habit” in a phrase book, I am pretty sure you would find a picture of me as the poster child.  Then again, I’m pretty sure that there would a multitude of others who would expect to see their picture there, too.  You see, there are a number of things that we do more out of habit than anything else.  And, that can be most destructive to us, and our lives.

Many years ago (it’s getting so that lots of things happened many years ago in my life!), when I was a teen, I said something rather silly and my older brother barked at me, “why do you always say such dumb things?”  It wasn’t a question, it was an accusation!  It was at that point that I knew what Jesus meant when He said, “If you will be a willing vessel I will put the words in your mouth to say.”

Without thinking, I said, “What, exactly, is your problem?” As I wondered where that came from I looked for a place to hide.  Surprisingly, my brother simply replied, “I don’t like my job.”  And, with the same inexplicable boldness, I said, “Well, then, why don’t you go find another one?

At that point the strangest thing happened.  A calm, a peace if you would, rolled over him, relaxing his facial muscles.  He replied, somewhat incredulously, “I never thought of that.”

You see, he was a slave to his job simply out of habit.  That whole concept is brought home as a God Lesson for Kids by Dave Mains in the first book of The Kingdom Trilogy  – Tales of the Kingdom.  In the second chapter, The Orphan Keeper’s Assistant, Mains points out that the Assistant did what she did out of habit – – not because she was gleaning the reward she really wanted – – to be loved.  That made me realize that we, too, need to evaluate why we do what we do.

There are many people who live unhappy, un-fulfilling lives simply out of habit.  They need to break the chains of bondage that “habit” has engulfed them in and be free.  And, as The Orphan Keeper’s Assistant found out, the best way of doing that is to make haste to serve the King!

The Orphan Keeper’s Assistant – Chapter 2

The Orphan Keeper's Assistant

Once upon a time, the Enchanter decreed that all who had disease or defects that could not be cured would be cast outside the city and left to die. All the unwanted and all the odd were cast out and all those who belonged to no one, except orphans. Orphans were kept because they were useful to the Enchanter.

Once upon a time, the Enchanter decreed that all who had disease or defects that could not be cured would be cast outside the city and left to die. All the unwanted and all the odd were cast out and all those who belonged to no one, except orphans. Orphans were kept because they were useful to the Enchanter.

In the blazing sun, a young woman picked her way across the garbage dump outside the Enchanted City. She wore sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat to protect her pallid skin, and a large, round button that read: WE LOVE CHILDREN-—Orphan Keepers’ Association.
She kept slipping on the mounds of garbage. Even behind sunglasses, her eyes were bothered by light. “Whoops! Down again. Watch out! Light’s white,” she mumbled to herself. “Smats! Huffy-puffy. Garbage dumps are stuffy.”

Stained and healthy from her falls, she approached Stonegate Entrance to Great Park. She thought she would rather do anything than go on this wild orphan chase. “Miss a day’s sleep. Smudges!” How was she supposed to get these gates opened? She’d never been in this dreadful park before, but this was where the Burners said the orphans had gone.

She rattled the iron gate, noticed a curled potato skin caught on her sleeve, and swept it away. She rattled again. Nothing budged. She tried to crawl over the gate, but her legs kept slipping and her button caught between the thin rails. She finally stood back and hollered, “Does anybody h-e-a-r … m-e-e-e-e-e?” Her hat bobbed back and forth. She shifted her bulging basket of a purse and shouted again. “Does anybody h-e-a-r … me-e-e-e-e-e?”

No answer. She tried another idea. “I am The Orphan Keepers Assistant! In the name of the Orphan Keeper, open! I am hunting for orphans!”

The gates creaked open. She was impressed by the power of the name she had shouted, never suspecting for a moment that the gates always opened for hunters.

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