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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: A Mother's Choice
By sharron pete


My mother gave me away when I was just a baby. It was the best decision she ever made.
It took me years before I fully understood the sacrifice she made for me. Now as a young adult, I can truly appreciate everything she did for me with that one act.

Because of her choice I lived a life of privilege. At a very early age, I learned that world was mine for the taking. My older brother and I spent our days living life to the fullest. Although we were closer than any two people could be, our ways would soon part. Even as I write this now, I feel the pain of separation. Nothing can replace the love of a brother.

Growing up, I always knew that I was different, though no one treated me so. One day while taking a walk I noticed an argument between one of the work supervisors and the laborers. Though he and I led two different lives, we shared a common bond. The laborer looked like me. The supervisor did not. But it was more than just a surface connection that we shared. As I saw them standing, arguing, I knew that but for the grace of God there stood I. The injustice of the situation infuriated me. The laborer was in no position to defend himself. Doing so would mean terrible consequences. I felt it was up to me. When no one was looking I had words with the supervisor, telling him that his actions were wrong and inappropriate. Our discussion led to an argument, which led to a fight. At my hands he perished. A life was gone! What had I done! He was unkind, hurtful, but did he deserve to die? That was a decision I had taken out of God’s hands.

I felt remorse but tried to put the situation behind me. But truly things done in the dark always find their way to the light. And soon all knew my secret. So I fled, leaving behind everything I cared about.

And so here I sit now, having traded in the life of luxury for a life of shepherding. Now at this hour, I struggle against the very people I once considered family. God has given me the huge task of rescuing his people, my people from bondage. Who am I? What power do I have to do such a thing? I am Moses, son of Jochebed. It is only God who can sustain me through this incredulous task. As I sit here struggling with what God has commanded me to do I consider the incredible strength of my mother. This Hebrew woman, in her despair, gave me a chance at life by giving me away. Faced with the pressure of Pharaoh and terrified by the alternative she chose to trust God. If she could, shouldn’t I? Her courage and strength led me to become the person I am today. Because of her I wanted for nothing. I grew up Pharaoh’s courts. I held a position of influence. Perhaps it was all a part of God’s master plan to bring to the point where I am now. Her bravery then, means I can be brave now.

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Donna Powers 12/15/06
I didn't "get" who he was until half way through so kudos to you for your skillful storytelling. This was well done and I loved your spin on this. Keep writing!
Myrna Noyes12/15/06
It was very interesting to look at these events through Moses' eyes, and I agree that his mother was a very courageous woman. I love your last line, "Her bravery then means I can be brave now." You did a good job with this story! :)