DOZ Issue 36 October 2018 - Page 19

Emma continued, “Both of my eyes were swollen last month. I arrived late from the doctor’s office, and he accused me of having an affair. Then for the next two weeks, he told the congregation that I had contracted a foreign flu.” The group chuckled at the excuse used to hide the physical abuse. Martha pulled the well-worn paperback book from her oversized purse. She began to read. Hope jumped into their shattered souls for a few short hours. The darkness seem