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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the SCIENCE FICTION genre (05/10/07)

TITLE: The Seekers' Den
By Katie Morey
05/16/07


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The forces of Evil, the army of the Enemy, had conquered the world when Mary was just a child. Still she, along with many others, remembered the way things had been. After the Enemy’s victory the world was drained of all color and much of its beauty. Plants were no longer vivacious, and flowers no longer bloomed. Everything was cold, hard, and dark. The people of the world had been categorized into three groups. The classification happened in less than a minute. It was a sudden change in every person. Those who were followers of the Enemy had been instantly cloaked in black, the Christians were dressed in white, and the final group, the Seekers were clothed in gray. Years after the segregation, Mary felt that God was calling her to minister to the Seekers. Their very name identified them: they were unsure of what to believe. The Seekers questioned everything, but Mary was convinced that God had called her to present them with the answers only He could offer.
It was a day she would always remember, her stark white gown served as a conspicuous reminder to the crowd of Seekers around her that Mary was not like them. She was different, because she was a Christian. The darkness of the room enveloped the gray-clad figures present, but Mary was undaunted. She knew that this moment had been orchestrated by God, it was His Will for her to be there…in the Seekers’ Den. Her knees wobbled slightly as she tiptoed to the dimly lit platform, but the knowledge that God had sent her steadied her trembling steps. Mary radiated with a gentle resolve and her presence captivated the minds of the Seekers. Translating their silence as interest, Mary began to speak. She had been right; they were listening. The Spirit of the Lord calmed her nerves as she spoke openly of the veracity of the Bible.
Mary reminded her audience of the beauty and liveliness of their world before it was conquered by the Enemy. Some of the Seekers left, afraid to accept the facts presented. But others stayed, having already known for themselves that the Enemy was to blame for the darkness and agony of their world. Mary spoke of Psalm 37, which compared the fates of those who did evil and those who did good. She shared with the Seekers the story of Jesus Christ, how only He could deliver them from an eternity of evil. She told them that He could rescue them from their own sin and give them an eternal life free from pain or suffering or darkness. Mary closed by quoting Psalm 37:39-40, “But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”
After quoting those verses Mary quietly walked off the platform and sat on a low bench in the back of the room. She prayed for several moments for the Seekers in the room and trusted that God’s Words would not return void. When she finally lifted her head she was stunned to see dozens of Seekers staring at her, eyes filled with questions. Her heart leaped as she felt the assurance that God had truly opened their hearts. She answered their questions, prayed with them, and quoted yet more Scripture. Just like at the moment of the segregation, changes were instant. The gray forms were completely replaced by white figures. The blank faces became transformed into intent gazes and satisfied smiles. Peace replaced the hopeless confusion that had once held the Seekers. The love of Christ shone on the faces in the room.
When the Seekers accepted God as Lord He instantly dwelt among them and the presence of Deity transformed the dark Seekers’ Den into a garden of beauty. Life was restored and flowers bloomed again. People in white robes filled the fresh garden of life to celebrate the transformation of so many. Evil had been conquered. God had used Mary to renew hope. The sight of the garden captured Mary again as she absorbed the colors and loveliness of the place God had created. However the most beautiful sight Mary knew was pasted in her thoughts forever. It was the memory of dozens of Seekers becoming Christians and accepting the Truth of the God she knew.


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Joanne Sher 05/19/07
Perfect title for this intriguing piece. Sometimes I wish it were that easy to tell believers from non-believers. Nice job.
Jacquelyn Horne05/20/07
Well written. Interesting story.