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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Family Reunion (06/05/08)

TITLE: Heaven in My Dreams
By Janet Hessert
06/11/08


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“Why… there’s Debbie – and Aunt Margie – and Gram – and Dad!” I exclaimed loudly and with zest I had never, ever felt. “It’s so wonderful to see you – I mean, really SEE you!

“Debbie – your hair is so… long and blond and thick – like it was before you had those awful chemotherapy treatments. Did you know Derek graduated from college this year and got a job in DC? Oh… of course you knew. Silly me!

“And Gram – you’ve put on some weight – you’re not the thin, fragile woman I last saw that cold February evening, and …WOW! Your legs – well… they’re… they’re…they’re there… and you’re walking on your own! You have your smile back – that is so great to see! I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed you all these years…

“And Dad – you’ve got your hair back, too. Where’s the oxygen tank and tubing? … What? You don’t need it anymore? No cancer?!

“Grammy Burd – you look like you’ve grown back few inches of height. Oh, I see your back is no longer hunched, curved, and painful for you. As I would have imagined, you still hold your Bible close to your heart. Thank you for sharing your faith with me and with so many others.”

I had studied the Bible for most of my life and – foolishly – thought I had a pretty good handle on eternity. Boy… was I mistaken. This ‘place’ called heaven was so much more - it's difficult to put into words. There is a sense of total peace and wholeness that is foreign to me. Everything around me is filled with absolute joy – it’s indescribable.

As I begin looking out around myself, I see the kindest face upon which I’ve ever laid my eyes – it’s my Heavenly Father – the true patriarch of this family. He is holding out His hand toward me, saying “Welcome home, child… welcome home.”


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Edmond Ng 06/12/08
Interesting story, given the angle you are writing from. The ending doesn't sound like it is a dream. The writer is home. I like the part when the main character says 'Thank you for sharing your faith with me ...', it speaks so much within those few words how the author make it to home.
Sara Harricharan 06/12/08
Wonderful writing! The way you described each family memeber, I was glad too, that they were in heaven and way from the disease and pain. I love this-it is amazing! The ending was my favorite, well done! ^_^