Letters ~ Vault of Tears
He lived only for them, in the deep dungeon they kept him in, for there was nothing else that could keep his will to fight on.
Long ago he had stopped counting days, then weeks, then months.
Then years, yes, he remembered the end of the first year, when he had decided, against all odds, that he would stay to read them.
At his core, his strength remained, unaltered, for he was deathless, as she knew, but still a prisoner.
Then, one night, he heard the sound of rock grinding on rock: and there she was , standing in front of him, the author of so many letters, his lover, his saviour.
Inspired by the character of Isa, who freed Siris from the Vault of Tears, in “Redemption” by Brendon Sanderson.
= Atonement, act of being delivered from sin
= “The restoration of man from the bondage of sin to the liberty of the children of God through the satisfactions and merits of Christ”
The words: restoration of man from the bondage of sin, have a powerful resonance in modern times. This Roman Catholic interpretation of atonement – or redemption – is also highly romantic for a slightly agnostic person. But can there be redemption without fight against evil?
The same slightly agnostic person must ask herself the question of the relation between creation (resulting in being a child of God) and redemption (restoration from the bondage of sin).
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV)”