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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Tie (02/28/13)

TITLE: ONCE WAS ENOUGH
By Linda Goergen
03/06/13
~1st Place


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I saw Him once—only once, when I was a child. It was enough. I will never forget the day.

My mother and I passed a group of men, and I heard my name softly called, like a whisper on the wind. I turned and looked, as He knelt down and said, “Come, Little One, let me tie your sandal.”

I glanced up at mother; she was staring at Him as she nodded okay. I timidly crept toward Him. He laughed gently and said, “Come, do not be afraid.”

I stared at His hands as He took the time to tie my sandal. I then dared to look into His face, and into His eyes—eyes like I have never seen before or since—eyes that stirred something unforgettable in my heart.

Countless times, was I bushed off, mocked and ignored, as I attempted to share this encounter. They said I was such a small child that I imagined my name being called, imagined the stir in my heart and the pools of love in His eyes. But I did not imagine it. Not even my mother’s love stirred me in such a way.

I later found out His name. Who they said He claimed to be, why He came. And I knew it was true. Having Him touch me once was enough.

I heard the tale of them driving long iron nails through His hands and feet, affixing Him to a cross. I heard how His blood dripped, and how He was in such agony, yet asked forgiveness for His persecutors. How could so many laugh as they told this? Never could I mock Him, for somehow I just knew He did it for me—and for any who would believe who He was. I believed. One look into His eyes was enough. I pushed out the image of His torture on the cross, as often as I could, by remembering His hands as they so gently tied my sandal.

Now I am old, and I have been chosen to be a human torch for Nero’s garden. They are getting ready to tie me to the post. But this day of torture I will endure. Never would I deny Him, because I saw Him once—only once. It was enough to tie me to Him forever.

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CD Swanson 03/08/13
Wow- This was amazing! It touched my heart. So well written, haunting and powerful.

Excellent account of the sadistic Nero who used Christians for human torches for illumination at night in his gardens, as well as many tortures and abominations against Christians!

You brought such a horrific image to life, yet managed to soften it with an even better image, eternity with Christ.

Brilliant and clever out of the box writing.

God bless~

Yvonne Blake 03/12/13
I love the mental image of Jesus tying the sandal of a child. Great thoughts - great writing!
Vince Martella03/12/13
Wow, you packed so much emotion into a small package. Very moving. I really loved the title and theme. Just one encounter with Jesus is enough to change any life. Nice tight writing.
Virgil Youngblood 03/12/13
Good things come in small packages, as you have so wonderfully demonstrated. There are no wasted words here.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/14/13
This is so beautiful. You took me right back to that time. Congratulations!
Christina Banks 03/14/13
This is a powerful piece, well deserving of the win. Nicely done!
Alicia Renkema03/14/13
Oh my gosh, what powerful writing about such a powerful moment in the life of your MC. The best gifts do come in small packages. I loved this so much. What a beautiful gift you gave to us by writing, I can tell the precious Holy Spirit was right by your side. Congratulations. Have a wonderful, joyful day.
CD Swanson 03/14/13
CONGRATULATIONS!

I knew this was a winner all the way!

Linda, I am so happy for you my friend, you are not only gifted by the Lord, but have a heart for Him as evidenced by all of your works.

God bless you!
CD Swanson 03/14/13
Congratulations!!!! WOW - first place and EC! Will you still speak to me now? LOL.

I am so happy that you have been recognized by your fine entry and your amazing writing skills.

God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 03/14/13
Congratulations on your well-deserved win. Such an economy of evocative language to convey so much shows real writing skill.
Excellent work.
Vince Martella03/14/13
Never a doubt this would place! Congrats!
Danielle King 03/14/13
Congratulations Linda. This is amazing writing.
Vicki J. Cypcar03/14/13
Congratulations Linda!
Cheryl Harrison 03/14/13
Congratulations on your 1st place EC! Well deserved.
Bea Edwards 03/15/13
Congratulations on your 1st place win. Your entry was succinctly superb!
Judith Gayle Smith03/15/13
Beautiful! Congratulations!
Yvonne Blake 03/18/13
YAY, Linda! I'm glad this won first place. It's a great story - very descriptive and touching!