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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: It’s Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)

TITLE: "Pray for..."
By DiAnna Steele
12/02/08


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My lengthy search for employment had not been fruitful. Four months had passed since my last paycheck and I faced the dawn of Christmas morning with almost nothing in my bank account. Gifts were out of the question. Or were they? As I considered the one thing I knew I could offer those close to my heart, I shot off a group text message just before sunrise.

“Dear friends, It’s Christmas morning & I’m broke. My gift to you is time in prayer for you. How may I be interceding today on your behalf? Love, d”

“D, you are up early! It’s my first holiday meal for the new hubby’s fam. Pray I don’t blow it! BTW, do you have a recipe for turkey? Love you too, Jen”

“Flight cancelled last night due to blizzard. Stranded at the airport w/5 kids & a dog. Snow showing no sign of letting up. Pray for my sanity! HoHoHo, Jim”

“Jim forgot to mention the airport stores are out of diapers! Pray for MY sanity! Caroline”

“Finished my finals at OU. Feels great to be home in Colorado. Going skiing tomorrow. Guess you could pray I don’t break my leg like last year! Deb ”

“Jen again, Mother-in-law hovering in the kitchen, muttering something about not enough celery in the dressing. Pray for kindness. Thx!”

“Our first Christmas with our son on the mission field in Ecuador. Pray for Steve & his family. Sure do miss them. Peace, Fran.”

“I’m singing solo at candlelight service tonight…O Holy Night…pray that the Lord is pleased…and that I can hit the high notes! Sarah”

“Car broke down, Bob still not working, kids are sick & I’ve got a house full of in-laws…pick one. XXO Angie”

“Hubby’s brother brought his dogs. Big ones. They ate the ornaments off the lower tree branches…pray for patience! PLEASE? Love, Jen again.”

“Dan & I got engaged last night! Driving to tell the parents…thx 4 praying. Sandy”

“Daddy didn’t make it through the night. Hospice was here to manage the cancer pain so he went peacefully. Praising God we all got here in time and Daddy will celebrate Jesus’ birthday with Him. Pray for Mom? Jeannie”

“Our foster baby is spending the day w/his birth mother. Cindy can’t quit crying. She wants a baby so badly…Pray for the Lord to comfort the mother’s heart that beats in her. Kyle”

“Jen here. Dogs are throwing up ornaments, mom-in-law chopping up more celery, still looking for a turkey recipe…are you praying for patience???”

One after the other, the replies poured in, prayer needs as varied as the friends God has blessed me with over many years. As early morning sunlight streamed into my silent room I opened my mouth and began to seek the Lord. “Hear me, oh Lord, hear me that this people may know that thou are the Lord God…” I Kings 18:37 {KJV}

On bended knee as my gift to these precious people I covered each request, some while smiling, others with tears streaming down my cheeks. I recalled the joys and blessings of sharing this past year with each of these friends and I gave thanks for them all. In what seemed like a heartbeat nearly 2 hours had passed. As I rose from my place of prayer, I heard the beep of yet another text message from, you guessed it, Jen…

“It’s crazy here! Decided to follow your example. How may I be praying for you? Oh yeah, Merry Christmas!”


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Jan Ackerson 12/04/08
This is the first one I've read today, and it just made me smile and smile. Clever, well-written, and just a feel-good entry all around. Poor Jen!
Sharlyn Guthrie12/11/08
What a delighful entry! I love it! Apparently the judges did, too. Congratulations on your EC! You'll now be moving up to imtermediate. With writing like this you won't stay there long, either!
Sheri Gordon12/11/08
Congratulations on your EC. This is very, very clever. One moment I was laughing, and the very next I had tears in my eyes. Guess that's how life and friends are, huh? Great job with the topic.
Marlene Austin12/11/08
What a wonderful entry and message filled with God's love. Great idea on this topic. Fantastic job making EC from the Beginners' level. :)
Sonya Leigh12/11/08
Congratulations, DiAnna, I really enjoyed this when I read it earlier this week. Well done, and very creative! Movin' on up for you!
Joy Faire Stewart12/11/08
What a message and written with delightful humor. Loved it. Congratulations on you EC!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge12/11/08
Congratulations on a wonderfully creative EC packed with wisdom and wit. Love it...Angel
Beth LaBuff 12/11/08
This is so creative. DiAnna, congrats on your EC!
Sandra DeHoogh12/11/08
So many comments but I must "back pat" you as well. I read from right through without trippin', without looking to see how long your peice was and eagerly. Big high five.
Deborah Porter 12/12/08
Congratulations on your excellent win, DiAnna. Not only 1st Place in Level 1, but also 2nd Place in the Editor's Choice. It's really an achievement for a Level 1 entry to make it into the EC, and to place 2nd is stunning.

Time to move up to Level 2 now.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Diana Dart 12/12/08
This was awesome. Creative, face paced, funny (that Jen totally cracked me up), heart wrenching and filled to the brim with a great message. Wonderful - thank you for writing it!
Martha Davis12/15/08
What a great Christmas gift! I'd rather have the prayers of loved ones than a wrapped present any day! Great job!