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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: Advanced Engineer Loses Battle
By Noreen Ophoff
10/10/06


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Emerging from the blackness the silhouette was just barely visible. The creature's elongated arms flopped against his knees as he tramped along with a pronounced limp. Though hunched over, his gait was quick like staccato on the hard ground. I had met him before. I knew his name was Crayton. Chills ran through me.

The reflective stripes on the rubber coat were tattered. Black boots were still wet from the last attempt. Jaw muscles twitched with determination while steel gray eyes held the subjects in view. At first there was only a spark, but in seconds it might be a blaze. Crayton lifted water and held is suspended over the flame. Droplets fell and fizzled the fire, but it grew and rose again.

The group of people engaging the sparks drew closer to each other, held hands and began to pray aloud. Kira called on the Name of the Lord Jesus to draw their hearts closer to one another. Stan's prayer was for the Holy Spirit to envelope them with courage to invite new people to their church's activities. Eileen asked Jesus to push her to be friendlier and teach her how to talk with people she didn't know.

The flame of love rose stronger and brighter. Crayton's body twitched with disgust at the increasing volume of the flame. His old methods were failing him. He had pitted Kira and Eileen against each other, suggesting ideas of deception, but neither girl had given in. The embers blazed brighter. The friends fueled the fire with respect and sincerity. Crayton withdrew to the edge of the room. He would try another tack. There were always other ways he could tear people down, make them fight, let them hate each other. He knew how to twist thoughts and make people dwell on their fears. He'd spent eons doing this work.

The smell of smudge filled the air as it rubbed off on Crayton's arms and fingers. He'd gotten close to putting out the flame completely, but suddenly the sparks of generousity and honesty were everywhere. He was gasping for breath, being suffocated by the love and kindness in his space. The Christians prayed more fervently.

Eileen prayed for the Holy Spirit to descend upon her and draw her to other girls who needed a good friend. The flame rose above her head, only visible by the Holy Spirit and the Devil Crayton. Crayton cringed from the brightness and shrunk away, back into the shadows, into the fringing outer area away from the blaze.

The prayers of the faithful followers of Jesus lit up their hearts with an unextinguishable flame of love. Even the wiles of Crayton, an advanced engineer in the legions of Satan, could not diminish the fire, the flame, the intense heat of love of the people of God.


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Sharlyn Guthrie10/14/06
You described this spiritual b attle well, and I appreciated your approach to the topic. One minor question, though...was Crayton the devil or "an advanced engineer in the legions of the devil"? I was a little confused by that. Otherwise, great job!
Donna Emery10/15/06
A very well depicted spiritual war. I was drawn into the story and I enjoyed reading it. Well done!