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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)

By esther robinson


Terence touched Tirzah for the first time. A fresh fragrant feeling of oneness swept through both their mind, body and soul. That was exactly when in God’s presence these two lovely little sparrows exchanged their marriage vows to build a beautiful nest to house their family. The gold rings on each other’s hand smiled wishing them a ‘happy married life’ besides reminding them the covenant.

Tears of joy trickled and moistened Jemimah (called Jemmeey) face which now looked like an apple covered with dew of Hermon. At a very young age, a gruesome accident snatched her beloved husband - James leaving her cooing like a dove with five daughters named Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah to care for.

The wedding of her last daughter Tirzah took place in a royal manner. It was truly much more than what she had ever imagined or had asked of God. Echoes of happiness was heard everywhere surrounding them and joy filled the air like shouts from children when kites of various shapes, size, colours, texture and so on are flown near the seashore on a windy day.

Exactly a month later, it was a candle lit dinner arranged for the kith and kin of Jemmeey marking the death anniversary of her husband. Brightly buring candles cheered up the atmosphere that bore the memories of a man who had played many roles like son, husband and father but unfortunately never was permitted the character of a father-in-law because he had virtues only for those three best roles.

No one knew nor anticipated that that night would become a memorable one for all to cherish years later. The spark that set ablaze the attention of everyone was a casual comment from Malcom, Milcah’s husband to his sons. “Hereafter your grandma will spend all her time with us in Florida.” “Papa! Joseph and I will take grandma around the city in our car.” Joshua shouted elated over this idea and Joseph joined him with plans of his own.

“Oh no! How could you say so? We have already made arrangements for her stay in Houston.” Hoglah’s husband Henry immediately spurted his piece of mind. “Grandma must stay with us! She will be with us!” Ida and Irene jumped repeating these words.

Everyone forgot about having dinner. They got engrossed in a pep talk each wanting their mother-in-law, a precious pearl for their personal possession. Jemmeey an embodiment and incarnation of love moved about carrying the compassion of Christ. For anything and everything she trusted only in her Creator (Psalm 118:8,9).

In these days when generally women are in a hurry to get married if ever something untoward happens to their marital life Jemmeey dared to be different. This attitude arose as a result of her strong conviction that even death could not separate her from her husband and stood as a testimony all through her life.

Terence held Tirzah’s hands and spoke sofly. “Since we are the newly wed couple, it is our desire that mom should stay with us.” Silence ruled for sometime until Nathaniel spoke. “Newly wed couple can visit our house in Texas and be with mom there.” He offered an invitation to both.

“Well in that case, being the first son-in-law mom has to stay in my house forever.” Firmly spoke Mahlah’s husband Mike. Thus all the five had their own reasons in expecting Jemmeey’s presence with them in their respective home. From the fullness of one’s heart the mouth speaks and when one’s heart is full of unconditional love no doubt the fountain springing up as a result also tastes sweet.

Divine joy danced on the face of Jemmeey who sat at the table with folded hands surrounded by her sons, children, grandchildren, friends and other dear ones. She waited until everyone had finished their dinner. Her heart was so full that her mouth overflowed with ‘Thank you God’.

The face of her husband James flashed before her eyes. “James! Look God has given us five wonderful sons! Yes I am their mother. Indeed God has blessed my boundary” (Proverbs 15;25). Even without her volition between sobs she spoke to her husband as if he were physically next to her. Suddenly Jemmeey turned to her children. “Look there!” She pointed to the entrance. “James has come here. He is waiting for me with a golden chariot. Please take me there.” So saying, she fainted. The next moment she had started her journey to Jerusalem.

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Carol Sprock05/16/08
You have included excellent concrete, descriptive details. Some of the phrasing sounds a bit rough in minor ways, though they didn't affect my ability to enjoy Jemimah's story. (An example: both their mind, body and soul--both involves two things but you then listed three.) I would have liked to get to know Jemimah even better--her character is strong, particularly when you share her thoughts.
Dee Yoder 05/16/08
You've shared a creative story. Continued blessings on your writing!