by David Sitzes
(Part One of Two)
There was something strange about that morning as the sun started to peek out on the eastern horizon. John started out of the farmhouse heading toward the barn as he was getting ready to take care of the animals, like he did every morning. But he noticed something strange about that morning.
Everything seem to be awfully quiet, even the air seemed strange and the animals were not their usual selves. They were all sitting quietly just looking toward the sky not making a sound, as though they were frozen or hypnotized in time. John looked to the sky but could not see anything out of the ordinary, but he did sense there was something very strange about that morning, something eerie.
In a small town nearby, people were starting to stir, getting ready for another day of usual activities of work, walking, jogging or just yard work. But everyone seemed to feel that there was something strange about this particular morning. The air was so still and there seemed to be much less noise then usual. What was it?
A couple of neighbors came out of their houses to say good morning as they always do, and they noticed that there was something strange about this morning. Betty asked Mary if she felt there was something wrong about the calmness of the air and the usual quietness that was present all around them. What’s going on?
Then Mary replied, “The animals, they’re all quite.”
They looked around them and saw all the dogs in the neighborhood were quiet. Not one of them was barking. They were sitting still and looking up toward the sky. Then they notice that all the other animals were all doing the same. The cats and the squirrels were quiet and looking toward the sky. Even the birds in the trees and on power lines or sitting on the ground were all quiet and looking toward the sky. Not one of them was flying. What’s going on?
The ladies looked toward the sky but could not see anything out of the ordinary. It was a mostly cloudy sky as the sun was just beginning to rise up in the east, but they couldn’t help be sense that there was something strange about this particular morning.
In the big city not far away, the morning rush hour was just beginning to start up. Dave and Terry were car pooling to work in one of the skyscrapers that they worked in. As they were heading toward their destination, Dave turned to Terry and said, “I can’t explain it, but do you feel like there is something weird happening this morning?”
“Yes,” replied Terry. “I wasn’t going to say anything about it, because I thought it was just me. But now that you mentioned it, there is something strange going on that I have never felt before. It feels kind of like uneasiness all around me, and it is making me very nervous. I have never felt this really weird feeling before.”
As they moved a little further down the street, they observed a blind man on the sidewalk with his seeing eye dog just standing there and both looking up toward the sky. Red light — traffic stopped.
Just then they heard a low humming sound that sounded like a plane that was still a long way off but was getting closer. They looked up but saw nothing. Just then the sky, the clouds themselves, started moving in all directions at the same time. Then the clouds started evaporating. Something bright, very bright, was coming from a long way off in space toward the earth. The humming was growing louder as what ever it was, was getting closer. All traffic had stopped and everyone by now had gotten out of their vehicles and were looking toward the sound in the sky. There was really something strange about the sky.
Around on the other side of the world it was night time and the stars were shinning brightly over Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey, Israel, and all the other nations over there. Again everyone there seemed to feel uneasy. Their animals, the dogs, sheep, goats, camels and all the other animals were all very quiet, too, and looking up toward the sky. ‘”What is going on” seemed to be on everyone’s lips. Then everyone begin to hear a low humming sound coming from the sky. All of a sudden the stars begin to disappear as the sound got louder, and a eerie bright light begin to appear through all the outer space above them. The light continued to grow brighter as the humming sound keep growing louder and louder.
Everyone around the world were now seeing and hearing the same thing. Reporters and TV crews were setting up their cameras and started recording the sky. People from all over had their phones out, live streaming the sky as everyone was trying to understand what was going on. Then within a few seconds everyone around the world saw at the same time what was making the now loud humming sound and causing a very bright light.
End of part One. Part Two - Something Strange “It’s Too Late” in next Friday’s paper. ‘Maranatha’