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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: A Child's Faith
By Arlene Showalter
02/23/08


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Nebraska 1901

Parson Edwards looked over the heads of his worry-warn parish to the sun-blistered fields surrounding their quaint country church. Not even the tiniest breeze offered relief through windows thrown open in futile hope. Only the gentle nickering of horses broke the oppressive silence.



Are they praying for rain too? he wondered to himself. "My dear people, I can say nothing to ease your troubles. We all know God promises to meet our every need; yet the reality of stunted crops surrounds us with no relief in sight. I propose we meet at Mr. O'Malley's farm today to collectively pray for rain. I have no other ideas."



At the appointed time, Parson Edwards rode into Mr. O'Malley's farmyard, noting many families had already arrived. Flicking Betsy's reins over an empty post, he joined his friends gathering at the edge of the field. With one accord they moved into the cornfield, stepping gingerly over the broken, famished stalks. Subdued words pointed out the obvious as the company progressed.



"Let's stop now to pray." Parson Edwards' voice halted their progress. Gathering in a circle, people began beseeching God to relieve their plight. Some opened Bibles, reading various promises. Parson Edwards kept his eyes downcast, mutely crying to God on behalf of the hapless farmers. The cloudless blue sky seemed to mock their efforts.



Suddenly a slight rustle shattered the oppressive atmosphere. Stifled gasps rippled through the crowd followed by quiet murmurings that increased until applause broke out. A six-year-old girl stood resolutely in their midst, opened umbrella lifted for certain rain.



…a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)


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Dee Yoder 02/28/08
Oh marvelous! So beautifully simple, yet the message is absolutely spot on for this topic. Love the image of the little girl with her umbrella, and yet, you didn't supply the rain-yet! What a wonderful way to keep the reading wanting to know more. I love these kinds of stories!
Lynda Schultz 02/28/08
Wonderful—I love the surprise at the end, and the great example of faith in action. Good work.
Chely Roach02/28/08
Very cool. I saw the shriveled stalks, and the girl with the umbrella. Wonderful illustration.
Celeste Ammirata02/29/08
Great story about a child's faith. Oh, that we were all so openly bold in our faith.
Wonderfully written. Great job!
Lynn Jacky03/02/08
Good story, like the ending. Keep writing.
Seema Bagai 03/02/08
Simple and powerful at the same time. Great story. Keep writing.
Marlene Austin03/04/08
How precious. Great descriptive writing. :)
Joshua Janoski03/04/08
The title for this one is very appropriate. The story was short but very effective. We all need to go back to that child-like faith that doesn't question God but stands still and waits for him to move. Thank you for sharing!
Lyn Churchyard03/05/08
This was great! You have to love the faith of little children. Great example of the topic. Well done!