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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: What Greater Good
By Janíce Rogers
01/14/09


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Manuel, a citizen of Mexico, dropped across the border into New Mexico following a vicious knife attack, became one of my patients. I remember Manuel as being one of the most serious, longest-staying indigent clients of the hospital where I worked. He fought hard as only one struggling to survive can do – one who spent his years endeavoring to provide for his split family. Marta, an American citizen brought to the United States by her mother – and Manuel’s daughter, visited her father daily, fervently praying for his life and salvation. After several months of intensive care, Manuel died, but not before he simply but humbly asked Jesus into his life during his final breaths.

Presently in the United States there is a conflict raging, configured in millions of immigrants improperly following the laws and sovereignty of this land. While I agree abiding by U.S. laws is imperative, I cannot imagine a more loving God Who placed Manuel into His hands, knowing the grief and strife to come, but also knowing that in the end, Manuel would become a greater citizen – that of heaven. While Jesus said to “give to Caesar what is Caesar's” (Luke 20: 25b, NIV), which, in effect, speaks to a country’s regulations, he was not remiss in offering compassion to those in need.

When we discourse on the matter of illegal immigration, let us not forget to stand for the poor, the neglected, the widowed, and most of all, the ones lacking Christ in their lives. May we give even our very country so that all may see the light in us, for the Lord has said that “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9b, NIV).


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Jan Ackerson 01/15/09
Very interesting and refreshing take on immigration...I liked it.

Be careful of run-on sentences. Some of your longer sentences would flow more smoothly if made into two shorter ones.

Very nice title, and I enjoyed reading about Manuel. I would love to have read more of his story.
Linda Germain 01/15/09
Short but well said! I agree with Jan about wanting to read more. Nicely done.
Karlene Jacobsen 01/15/09
Well said, although I too, agree that more information about Manuel would be beneficial.
Eliza Evans 01/24/09
Really great angle for the topic.

I agree with Jan about the run on sentences. I had a hard time with the first sentence. I think a better start would have been simply
~ Manuel, was one of my patients.~ Then tell a little of who he was, where he was from and what he had been through.

I love the ending. Very meaningful.