Joy turned to Conscience. She sighed. "What are we going to do?"
Conscience gave Joy a pained look. "You know what you have to do."
Joy nodded. "Yes. I made a huge mistake. And I would like to issue a huge apology."
Conscience gestured for her to continue.
"And...and I feel like I did a horrible job of representing God..." Joy bit her lip. "I'm so ashamed."
"What are you going to do now?"
"I think...I think I need a little quiet time in myself to figure out why I thought it was OK to put that out there. I didn't mean to hurt anyone..."
"I don't know...maybe forever. I'm not gonna give up writing, but I'm too ashamed to continue here." Joy turned to Conscience, the pain in her eyes obvious. "I hope that I can learn from this mistake and be a better person. Maybe I'll come back some day...but not any time soon. And I hope those I have wrong will forgive me."
"Me too. Me too."
I unpublished a piece because I made a very idiotic mistake. I would like to apologize. I definitely don't want to disrespect anyone's culture, and once I re-read that piece, I am amazed that I published it. I don't know why I wrote it or phrased it like that and I truly am sorry. I hope you will forgive me.
Anyway, I'm going on a possibly permanent hiatus. All of those that pointed out my mistake were in the right, and I definitely am not playing the victim...I just need some time to reflect...I did a horrible job of representing God, and I hope everyone will forgive me.