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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: LIFE HAPPENS
By Emily Blakely
09/12/07


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Two small words, life happens–yet they can describe big events. This story is of two people who became friends in one of those life-changing events. Sue and Ann both joined the Peace Corps and ended up being roommates in a distant land. Though they came from different backgrounds, catholic/protestant, city/country, and one was strongly competitive in nature while the other was not, they endured illnesses and hardships together. They got along really well.

When their time overseas ended and they returned to the homeland, the friendship continued as their lives broadened. Sue was there to stand up with Ann at her marriage when no other family could be present. Later, Sue herself pursued college, marriage and career.

Then life happened: divorce sent both friends spinning off, one to Alaska and the other to Oregon. Lives were splintered; many years passed. At times Ann would think, where is Sue; what is she doing; is she well? No answers came and no clue even of where to look.

When the internet world opened Ann would sometimes Google a family name and see hundreds of ancestry information links, most of which seemed unconnected to her. Then she followed an inclination (sometimes called a still small voice) to try searching for her friend, not even sure of what name Sue could be using. Sue W_ _ _ _ _, her last known name, was entered and search pressed.

The usual hundreds of search returns were listed, some with links to books written, some to institutions, and one of those actually looked promising. It was clicked. With slow modem speed the web-page began to load. A photo was appearing...the hair...the forehead....it was Sue and her beautiful face was smiling back as though no years had separated them! With hands shaking, fingers flew across the keyboard to send an e-mail message and the two friends were rejoined. God had intervened at precisely the right time.

Then life happened again as Sue told Ann of a second battle for life against cancer. Over the next year they shared many messages of joy, fear, pain, struggle and hope. There even was an opportunity for them to meet in person to see, to feel, to hear. God is so gracious and generous.

Sue’s life event continued to unfold until one day, the appointed day, she left to go to her eternity. Though some questions remained unanswered, Sue had expressed an important message for all, put in this poetic form:

things unsaid

things undone

feelings to be felt

time runs on

Assume it is urgent

The time is now

This minute

Right now

Today

Life.


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Jan Ackerson 09/14/07
How very lovely--especially that last little bit of free verse.

This may be a tad weak on the topic of "surprised"; nevertheless, it's a very pleasant read.
Joanne Sher 09/21/07
Congratulations Emily. Your entry has placed 12th in Level 1. With all the Level 1 entries, that is really quite an accomplishment. The Lists for the Top 15 in each Level and the Top 40 overall is available in the Weekly Results and Highest Rankings forum of our Faithwriters Message Boards.