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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the ROMANCE genre (04/19/07)

TITLE: Mary's Marriage
By Tim Pickl


For over 10 years, Mary put up with Tom and his alcoholic, abusive behavior. Oftentimes--when he did come home--he would stumble home drunk, demanding food and money before he passed out on the couch or the floor. Then he would leave Mary and Ross, their son, for months at a time. He'd rarely, if ever, call to let Mary know where he was, or if he was okay.

Mary struggled with this situation for many years. She got to the point where she was just sick of it all: she couldn't pray any more for Tom--nothing ever changed. In fact, he got worse. Tom lived with other women and committed adultery.

Finally one day as Mary prayed, she said, "Lord, You know I've prayed and prayed for this situation and this
impossible man. Your Word says that with God, all things are possible. I give this whole thing to You, and trust You are working in this situation."

Mary felt relief that day. Within just a few weeks, God gave her the strength and courage to proceed with a "pro se" (self representation) divorce. Tom had already severed
their marriage--Mary just needed to make it legal.

Then one sunnny Sunday after church service, Mary was chatting in the church entranceway with some friends, and she kept hearing some beautiful, passionately played piano music. The friends left the church and Mary walked back into the sanctuary.

Jim was so intensely playing the piano that he did not even notice Mary standing there. "Whoa! You scared me!" He said, and stopped playing.

"Hi," Mary said sheepishly, "What's your name?"

"Oh...my name is Jim. Aren't you the lady with the son named Ross?"

"Yes... I really like that song you were playing."

"Oh, really? I'm just playing around... I'm really a trumpet player."

"You're kidding! You are really good."

Instantly Mary and Jim were friends. After several weeks, they began dating. They talked on the phone for hours about everything....God, church, her son Ross, her family. It was
as if Mary had all these things trapped inside her emotions
and she finally had someone to listen to her!

Mary wasn't even thinking about getting married again, and she honestly didn't want to go through that pain again, either. One day, as Mary was praying, God gave her a vision of her wedding day with Jim. God showed her the details--even the dress she would wear. She started crying, and immediately called Jim.

Jim was crying, too...because God had given him the same vision, at the same time!

Well over a year after her divorce with Tom, Mary married Jim. They planned their wedding to be like a church service, as a witness to their unsaved friends and family. In the years that followed, Mary and Jim worked joyfully together for the kingdom of God, and laughed every time they hear an old piano playing.

With God, all things are possible!
(Matthew 19:26 KJV)

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Jacquelyn Horne04/26/07
Beautiful story of love and healed relationships.
Janice Cartwright04/26/07
Mary was wise to place her "impossible" situation in the hands of the One in whom all things are possible. You did an excellent job of keeping the tone just right, not too sad but not too pollyanna either.
Brenda Welc04/26/07
Nice story. I love the healing God offers to all of us if we just ask and then receive. Keep up the good writing.
Jennifer Wetter04/27/07
Reminds me a little of my own wedding and engagement period.
Pam Carlson-Hetland04/27/07
Nice story. Realistic. Is this a true story? It's good to see a hopeful, uplifting story about divorce which so very painful.
Heather Scott04/28/07
Very nice. It gives hope to those who are struggling with bad relationships.
Aylin Smith 04/29/07
Very well done!
Donna Powers 04/30/07
Lovely. I liked the way that the healing was gradual and so evidently of God. Nice work