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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Pastor (11/30/06)

TITLE: Super Heroes?
By Norma OGrady


Living in sunny Florida during the winter is like paradise.
The humidity is moderate to low and the temperature is in the 70's most of the time.
Once in a while we get a cold snap but there usually short lived.
This is why people like to spend their winter months here.
We call them snow birds.
Our church usually gets pretty packed this time of year.
We have people from just about everywhere.
We have this one couple I'll call them Charity and Larry, so as not to reveal their true identity. Today there's this big thing called identity theft, anyway it best to protect the innocent. Right?
This couple comes down every year. Larry is a big help around the church.
He is a jack of all trades so to speak, and a master.
He and Charity are always bragging on their pastor.
This year they brought a DVD of this special event that was held at their church.
A big name Gospel singer and song writer was there. And they wanted to share the
occasion with all of us. You know the best way to pack a church is with food or a
big name gospel singer. Don't take me wrong I enjoy gospel music and being a Pentecostal we folks know how to eat well and sing. If you have never been to a Pentecostal church your in for a real treat. We take the word of God serious and feel that if the apostles had it and the early disciples received it then it's for everyone.
We believe in healing and accept the Bible as truth cover to cover.
It was on our Wednesday night bible study pastor decided to let us all view the DVD.
Both Charity and Larry said we were in for a real treat.
The program open's with their pastor singing songs of tribute to this special lady.
She being up in years and frail was helped to the platform. She was then seated in a big beautiful red chair, fit for a king or queen.
Oh my, could this pastor sing! He and his family were all gifted with the anointing to sing!
As I watched I started to think about my own pastor. I thought it must be difficult sometimes for pastors to watch others that are so talented. Do they feel like their missing the mark because they are not entertainer's. I bet somewhere along the line old slew foot and his little imps whispers to them something like "well," "if you could sing and write like this," your church would be packed out too.
Your a failure, your church will never grow.
At this point I thought, What attacks pastors must go through.
I then felt compassion for my pastor. I became more aware that we really do need to
pray for all pastors. They are under constant attack from the enemy.
We must remember that while some may seem like super heroes they are just like us.
Except much more is demanded of them. So remember when you pray always ask God to give them the grace they need to get through.

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Norma OGrady12/08/06
Your review, critique, and comment's on this writing is welcome! Just tell me why you "did" or "did not" like it! I need the critique and comments!
Thank you
and God bless!
Ryan Tribble12/08/06
Very good title – it stood out amongst the others. You had a lot of thoughts in this piece, probably too many for one story.:) To make this piece more powerful, maybe you should have expanded on this sentence:

We must remember that while some may seem like super heroes they are just like us.” Remember to “show not tell.” I enjoyed your descriptions of Florida’s climate and people in your opening. Keep writing, I hope to see more of you!:)
Donna Powers 12/10/06
I like your informal "voice" in this story. I like the way you expressed your opinion.
Keep writing!