WINNERS ARE HERE NOW!
Thank You all for entering. There were many awesome entries.
We had over sixty entries and three judges located in different parts of the USA. Each judged read all entries and narrowed it down to their top five with no discussions with the other judges. The first time the fifteen submissions were brought together, two judges had four of the same entries. All three judges had three of the same entries. The judges were quite surprised themselves and felt God must be involved. They thought they might need to go back and forth over those top fifteen to pick the top three. Since they did not, we were able to release the winners early.
Everyone is a winner in reality. Your articles will float around the internet for a long time. At the bottom of each one is a link where a person can accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. You just built some treasure in Heaven. Now keep at it.
Congratulations to all of you!First Place and $50 or a one year Gold Membership.
Holly or Holy?
by Kerry Nenn
This season, will I...
be surrounded by presents
or be surrounded by His presence?
have childlike wonder at the magic of Christmas
or wonder at the child - the meaning of Christmas?
watch a Christmas movie
or watch Christmas move me?
see snow fall
or His kingdom reign?
take my wishes to Father Christmas
or my prayers to the Heavenly Father?
sit by the crackling fire
or have a Holy Fire within me?
shop 'til I drop
or drop everything for Him?
enjoy a sleigh ride
or remember Jesus slain?
sing Christmas carols at people
or actually be caring for people?
have a piece of pie, good desserts
or know peace on earth, good will to men?
stand in line to see Claus
or put myself on the line for Christ?
sit in awe of the Christmas tree
or stand in awe of Calvary's tree?
wish all a Merry Christmas
or think of Mary's Christmas?
hang beautiful lights,
or see the light of the world?
manage my time
or spend time at the manger?
attach a bow
or bow my knee?
Such an amazing gift,
this season, this reason.
This Christmas, Lord,
may I be wrapped up in you.
Silver member #35709Second Place and $25
Jesus is Free
by Lynn Moses
Lacy handed Grace a few coins to drop in the Salvation Army donation bucket on their way into the mall. A single mom at a young age, Lacy didn't have much to spare, but she liked to help when she could. After all, people had helped her when she needed it.
They were on their way to see Santa. Lacy remembered her mother taking her to see Santa when she was a kid. She missed her parents and never should have left home. She still couldn't believe how stupid she’d been to trust that Trevor loved her. Now she hadn't talked to her parents in over 6 years and they didn't know about Grace.
“Mama, I can’t wait to see Santa! Do you think I've been good this year?”
“Yes I do.”
They waited in line for a long time. When it was their turn, Santa’s helper asked Lacy what picture package she wanted. Lacy told her she couldn't afford pictures, but asked if Grace could talk with Santa for just a minute. The elf huffed.
Lacy watched as Grace climbed up onto Santa’s lap. She was so innocent. Lacy didn’t want Grace to live with the kind of regret she did.
I know if I could ask Santa for one thing, it would be to forget my past.
Grace whispered in Santa’s ear. She had a smile on her face as she climbed down and ran back to Lacy.
“Well, what did you ask Santa for?” Lacy asked.
“You’ll see.” Grace replied.
Lacy felt a knot in her stomach. What if Grace had asked for a puppy or something else that Lacy couldn't give her?
As they left the mall, Grace noticed a beautiful glow coming from a building across the street.
“Can we go see the lights? Please, Mama?” Grace pleaded.
They crossed the street and walked toward the lights. The building, a church, was even more beautiful up close.
The sign in front read:
Stop in for your free Christmas gift. Jesus!
“Look Mama, a free gift! Can we go in?”
Lacy used to go to church with her parents, but she hadn't been in years. She was certain that Jesus wouldn't want someone like her at church.
“Uh, Grace, I think we should…” Lacy started to say, but a man opened the door.
“Hello,” said Grace. “I’m here for my free Christmas gift. So, where's the line to see Jesus?"
“Well, we don’t have a line, but you can still meet Him. He’s always available. Everyone’s welcome.”
“Sorry, we didn't mean to bother you.” Lacy said uncomfortably.
“No bother at all. In fact, I've been expecting you. I prayed that God would send someone special today."
“It’s you, Mama!”
“What?” Lacy asked.
“I asked Santa to make your heart glad. Then we found this place where Jesus is free, there are no lines and we can see him anytime. You should go get your free gift.”
Lacy knew Grace was right.
by Lynn Moses
Silver #48483Third Place and $15
The Christmas Letter
by Jan Christiansen
The following short story was inspired by this heart-stirring video by Becky Kelley.http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OE ... &vq=medium
The Christmas Letter
Sally curled her fingers around the thick crayon, her tongue slipped through her lips in abject concentration. The letters must be formed just right. All the words must be straight, for this was the most important letter she would ever write.
Carly dried the last of the dishes as she watched her little girl bent low over her paper.
"Jotting down the things you want for Christmas?"
Sally nodded, but didn’t look up from her task.
A key turned in the lock and Daddy stumbled through the door.
Sally wrote faster.
She wrote through the yelling, through the crying, through the slamming of the door as Daddy left again. When she had finished, she carefully folded the letter and put it into an envelope and addressed it…To Jesus.
"Mama?” she said, “Can we go to the mall tomorrow?"
Through red and swollen eyes, Mama said, “You want to see Santa? To give him your list?"
Sally shook her head, “No, Santa only brings toys. I want to see Jesus for Christmas this year. Since Christmas is Jesus' birthday, he'll be at the mall, too. Right?"
Carly looked at her little girl - her spirit so strong and her body so frail. If the doctors were right, Sally would indeed see Jesus for Christmas this year. “Let’s get you back to bed, Sweet Pea. I’ll hold your letter until morning."
When Jessie came back home that night, Carly was waiting for him, holding Sally’s letter “You have to read this,” she said." Jessie read through whiskey blurred eyes what his little girl had written.
Please make my mommy and daddy love each other again.
Husband and wife cried together that night and promised to work things out. Promised to allow God to mend their marriage and promised to seek Jesus for the answer to their little girl’s Christmas wish.
On Christmas morning, Sally looked up into St. Peter’s eyes. “Is this the line to see Jesus?” she asked.
"You don’t need to stand in line, Sally,” said St. Peter, “Jesus is waiting for you."
She turned to see the friend of children waiting to take her in. She ran into his arms and buried her face in his chest. “Did you get my letter?” she asked.
“Yes, child,” he said “and your wish has been granted“
Thank you, Jesus,” she reached her hand up and patted his face, “and Merry Christmas.”
Submitted by Jan Christiansen
Member# 36819 (Gold Member)
also posted onhttp://www.faithwriters.com/article-det
... etter.htmlHere are the fifteen initial picks from the judges.
Knenn 11 on page 2
JCinmyheart on page 2
Yackyjan on page 2
Vince on page 2
Lrmoses on page 4
Dinora pg 1
Knenn11 pg 2
Yackjan pg 2
Vince pg 2
Lrmoses page 4
Knenn11 - pg. 2 Holly or Holy? - Love this one. This would be my choice for #1 - it's wonderfully creative and gets right to the point.
JCinmyheart - pg. 2 Letter to Jesus - Creative and cute
Yackyjan - pg. 2 The Christmas Letter - Another creative entry - nice fictional piece
Lrmoses - pg. 4 Untitled - a sweet and heartwarming story
ECSmith - pg. 4 Merry Christmas One and All - very timely, with great thoughts
Thanks again to everyone for entering. We hope you enjoyed this contest as much as we did holding it. Keep your eyes open for Januarys contest for an International Ministry that passes 100% of all donations through to the work they support. There will be some very simple options for linking and reviewing the ministry. There will be paid writing assignments for the top two. First place valued at $150.00, second at $75, third at $25. Best Silver will receive a one year paid Gold membership. This contest will revert back to structured rules that you can find here http://faithwriters.com/christianwritingcontest.html
God Bless and Merry Christmas to All!
Mike, Bea and the Mystery JudgesOriginal Contest Rules Below Here
Everyone is invited to enter " Where is the line to see Jesus? " This contest is based on this music video http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=OExXItDyWEY&vq=medium
and what it brings to mind and remembrance as you watch it.
Deadline is 12-21-12 at 6 pm
Word Count is 500 words or less.
You must post the article here in this forum and in our regular articles.
The only link that you need to add is for the above video. You should be able to actually embed the video in your article in the regular articles if you wish.
First prize is $50.00
Second is $25.00
Third is $15.00
We will endeavor to have the winner posted on 100 Christian Blogs.
Merry Christmas to all of You! Mike & Bea and all the FaithWriters Staff