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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Thanksgiving (04/18/05)

TITLE: Planning Session
By Jan Ackerson


(With a nod to C. S. Lewis)

Lucifer and his minions were having one of their frequent strategy meetings. A fawning, eager demon prostrated himself at the cloven feet of his lord and croaked out his newest idea.

“What we need, sire,” the demon said, “is a way to usurp one of their holidays. Too many holidays are dedicated to the worship of…well, of You-Know-Who.”

“Interesting idea, Mudgroveler,” growled the Prince of Darkness. “Tell me more!”

“Well,” stammered Mudgroveler, “I was thinking about…about…” He could barely utter the word. “About Thanksgiving, sire.”

Lucifer shrieked. “Thanksgiving! I hate that word! All of the pitiful followers of You-Know-Who being thankful to Him on one day! And do you realize that some of those idiots are actually thankful to Him for adversity? They should be cursing Him, but instead they’re actually thankful!” Lucifer calmed himself, and with a sizzle, sank deeper into his seat. “All right, Mudgroveler, I’m listening. What can we do to take over…that day?”

“I’ve got a list here, sire. Shall I read it to you?”

“Be quick about it!” spat Lucifer.

Mudgroveler clutched his parchment and continued with his sniveling. “First of all, let’s take advantage of the fact that…that Day…is usually celebrated with a meal. We could shift the focus away from You-Know-Who and onto the meal itself. People will want to make the meal bigger and more elaborate. It could become a veritable orgy of gluttony!”

Lucifer sneered. “Very good…and we could even get people to start calling it Turkey Day instead of…that other word. I like it! What else do you have?”

Mudgroveler, encouraged by the enthusiasm of His Royal Sulfurousness, continued with his list. “We probably won’t be able to entirely do away with the element of…” He gagged for a moment. “Pardon me, sire, of thankfulness. But if we just make it easier for people to be…thankful…to other PEOPLE, or to luck, or even to thank themSELVES, it’ll take the focus off of…You-Know-Who.”

“Brilliant! I have lots of entertainment industry people in my service. I’ll get them to really push that SELF angle. Keep going, Mudgroveler.”

“Finally, sire, I think we should do whatever we can to discourage family unity on that day. Let’s really play up the football angle, and also take advantage of hunting season. If we can drive a wedge between husbands and wives, they won’t have so much to be…(cough)…thankful for.”

Lucifer rubber his clawed hands in glee. “Yessssss! I love it when there are resentful people in a house, working hard, when others are passed out from their own gluttony and slothfulness. Mudgroveler, you’ve outdone yourself. I believe there’s a fresh soul out in the portal. You’ve earned a bonus—go gnaw on it for a while.”

As Mudgroveler rushed out to claim his prize, Lucifer sat in thought. “It just might work…it COULD work…the only defense against this plan is if HIS followers go out of their way to take the holiday back and claim it as their own. But will they do it? Nah…”

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Ebony Broussard04/25/05
You did capture the feel of "The ScrewTape Letters" very well...I enjoyed it very much! If you are a beginner, look out advanced group!! *smile*
Carol Dee Meeks04/26/05
A nice write on an adverse subject...sad thing is, its so true to life. I will try harder to stay away from this attitude...we all need to so it won't take over. I believe your BEGINNER status just went to advance.
Michelle Sabrosky04/26/05
You captured the Enemy's desire to devour anyday dedicated to the praise and worship of our Lord. As Christians I think we forget that everyday should be full of Thanksgiving, if we all lived that way how much harder would it be for the Enemy to get his rotten hands on the Lord's day!
donna robinson04/27/05
The dialog was sharp, witty and the satire keep me reading. You managed to preach the message and yet made it taste like....well, like turkey? Great job
Tammy Bryant04/28/05
With your permission I would like to print this story and hand it out to everyone who caomes to my house for Thanksgiving Dinner this year....great write....gave me chills.
Dixie Phillips04/29/05
Looks like a winner to me!
c clemons04/29/05
Very good it made me laugh but it had all the truths in it
Val Clark04/29/05
Hey, and your a beginner! I'd better move back some notches! A really enjoyable story. No wastage and a great end. Loved 'Mudgroveler' and 'His Royal Sulfurousness'. I don't celebrate Thanksgiving but your picture made it very clear. Well done.
Teresa Marshall04/29/05
Enjoyed the play on words. But sadly realized the truth as well. Keep on writing.

Linda Germain 05/01/05
Excellent! In fact, so well done I would not be suprised if you get a little note of encouragement from Deb Porter suggesting a little posting-relocation. :0) Keep up the good work.~LG~
Debbie OConnor05/02/05
Excellent work. I loved this piece. Beautifully done!
kazza walton05/02/05
eek, i could almost smell the sulphur, you use your craft well. i love all the imagery and you put a new slant on an old subject. keep up the good work. blessings kazza...
Kathy Warren05/03/05
Wonderful story. Easy to see how this relates to what is really happening in this country.
Deborah Porter 05/03/05
Congratulations Jan - and yes, Linda Germain was right. It's time for you to move on up to at least Level 2. You are definitely ready for it. I gave our Editors' Choice 2nd Place winner (Amy - another Level 1 entrant) the option of moving up to Level 3 or just to Level 2. Basically, the same goes for you. Amy has chosen to move up in stages, but I'll leave that decision up to you. One thing's for sure, you don't belong in Level 1 any more. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Jacquelyn Horne07/14/07
I'm not one to much like stories on what might be going on in the spirit world. But I'll have to honestly say I enjoyed this one. You made it believable, interesting and unique.