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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Selfishness (02/14/05)

TITLE: Good Morning Friend
By Kathy Bruins
~3rd Place


The first whiffs of coffee this early morning stir my senses to the truth that a new day is about to begin. I am drawn out of my warm cocoon by the brew and make my way downstairs.

Warm mug in hand, I head to the office and wake my computer to see what is new in the world. Images that both delight and trouble me from the news sites appear. I hear a knock.

ďYes, Iíll be right there.Ē I say.

I continue scanning important information that could enhance my business. It wonít take me long to read this article. Itís unbelievable the lawsuits going on in the country. I wonder who died yesterday. Itís important to keep up to date on the people I know in case they need help in some way.

Tap, tap.

ďJust a moment!Ē I call.

Looks like I need a refill of the French Roast. I love the hot, bold flavor this crisp morning. Sam, my golden, keeps my feet toasty by laying on them. I glance outside to the snow softly falling, sometimes intercepted by a breeze, which carries it further before landing. This is cozy.

I think I just heard, ďHello.Ē

I donít want to break from this serenity. My needs are all being met. Canít people just leave me alone?

I really need to get this story done. Perhaps people will be encouraged to accept Christ by reading this article I am writing. This is important!

I turn in my computer chair and see a large shadow cast on the wall of a cross from the light coming through the windowpanes. My heart stops at the stark image. I forgot my friend at the door. My friend gave everything just so we could meet each day and enjoy each otherís company. He took the lashes of the whip, the nails in the hands and feet, and sword in His side, that I might commune with Him. How rich our gatherings have been. My selfish apathy hangs over me like a stench. This is a feeling I have felt before, but apparently havenít learned from yet.

As my friend enters, I find it hard to look at Him for tears sting my eyes in shame. He rests His hand on my shoulder to assure me that He hasnít left. I turn the page and see that He still loves me and forgives me. Together, we begin again.

Accept Jesus as Your Savior Right Now and be Certain of Eternal Life.

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Dave Wagner02/22/05
Nice presentation, good word choices. An easy, enjoyable, effective read. What's effective about it (in my opinion) is that I can relate to it, as both a fellow-writer, and as a reader.

Thanks for posting.
Jamie Driggers02/22/05
oops! I think I'll quit reading the entries and go read my Bible. Thanks for the reminder.

Karen Deikun02/23/05
Yes, this is a very convicting article. I could just picture the coziness - I like my mornings alone, too. You write very discriptively.
Melanie Kerr 02/23/05
Very challenging. We tend to get lost in the business of the day - even good business and forget about fellowship with Jesus.
Judy Anderson02/24/05
Your entry gave me a jolt greater than a good cup of coffee! Thanks!
donna robinson02/24/05
As someone who can quickly get engrossed in her small writing/computer world, I could really relate to this.
Sally Hanan02/25/05
It's SO nice to be able to read an entry that has it all in one tense! :)
Amy Davis02/28/05
This was very good. I can relate, as I'm sure many can. This also gave me a good reminder this morning to get off the computer and go read my Bible! Congrats on 3rd place!
Debbie OConnor02/28/05
Great article, Kathy. Congratulations on a well deserved win!