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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)

TITLE: The Heavenly Lifeguard
By Aylin Smith


The Heavenly Lifeguard

Ninety-three year old Elizabeth Morrow stood looking out the big, bay window of the spacious living room. Sunlight swathed her fragile features, while the warmth seeped into her flesh. It was a beautiful day for God to reveal his love.

Stepping from the window, Elizabeth smiled brightly as a knock sounded against the front door. “I am coming.” Moving towards the foyer, she wondered who could be visiting so early in the morning. Why, it wasn’t even 7:30 A.M. yet!

Opening the door, Elizabeth gasped at who stood at her door. It was her beautiful granddaughter Amy, who had left home after loosing her parents a year ago. Tears filled Elizabeth’s eyes. Oh, how she had prayed that God would lead her back home.

Amy stood speechless for a moment before seeking the shelter of her grandmother’s arms and then she began weep. “I am so scared and ashamed.”

Elizabeth wrapped her granddaughter into a loving embrace. Gently she guided Amy into the living room towards the sofa. “My sweet baby, what a joy to have you home again. I have missed you so very much!” The joy she felt at this moment was indescribable.

“I have gotten into so much trouble, Grammy. I don’t know what else to do,” Amy whispered, as she laid her head upon Elizabeth’s shoulder.

Knowing the opportunity was at hand, Elizabeth hugged her close. “Amy, I was where you are at one point in my life. Satan lured me into the seas of sin with tempting words and illusions of material things that I craved. Giving in, I found myself not wading into sin’s murky waters, but sinking and fast. I thought all hope was lost and any form of a rescue was futile. I heard a voice calling to me. It was the sweetest voice and it spoke to my heart and soul,” She said, as her features changed into that of pure love and adoration.

Amy looked up at her grandmother.

“He said if I believe in him and accept him as my Lord, then he would save me from the vile sea of sin. I accepted him, Amy. From then on my life was filled with a joy I couldn’t believe possible. His name is Jesus and he is my Heavenly lifeguard.” Tears trickled down Elizabeth’s face as she looked back at her granddaughter.

“I want him to save me, Grams. I am not sinking, I am drowning!” Amy wailed.

“Oh yes, sweet baby girl. He will save you, but first you must do three things. Admit you have sinned. Believe he died on the cross for your sins. Confess that he is your Lord and Savior, your Heavenly lifeguard.”

Together Elizabeth and Amy prayed. Elizabeth praised God that her granddaughter had returned home and had found salvation. Amy thanked God for dying on the cross for her and becoming her lifeguard.

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Donna Powers 11/18/06
Very nice! She is truly a Prodigal Daughter. This is a touching story. Nice job.
Joanne Sher 11/18/06
What a wonderful tale of a prodigal brought home! I love that you didn't tell what she'd been doing - makes this applicable to anyone! Keep writing.
Jan Ackerson 11/18/06
I love stories that tap into the wisdom of the elderly.

Some of your dialog seemed a bit stilted, perhaps, but that's easy to edit.

Great characters, and a lovely story.
Jen Davis11/22/06
Your intro paragraph set the lovely mood of this story. I always love a prodigal story. This one is unique in that it is of a granddaughter returning to her grandmother. This story is nicely written but could perhaps be tightened up a bit. I enjoyed this story and hope that it will reach others who need to hear its message. Great job!
Allison Egley 11/22/06
Oh, this was wonderful. It seemed so genuine and real. Great job at capturing the emotions of the situation.
Marie Fieldman11/22/06
Amy? Good Job. I think a lot of people waiting for someone to 'come home' could identify with the grandma.