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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Canada (01/29/09)

TITLE: The Summer Miracle
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02/04/09


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The summer of my thirteenth year started out like any other summer. Mom and Dad were making plans for our trek to Montreal, Canada to visit the World’s Fair. My sister and I were excited about the prospect of visiting another country. Donna had been studying French in school that year and went around the house trying to educate us in the language much to everyone’s annoyance.

Mom and Dad made arrangements for us to stay with a host family in Quebec after we visited the fair. The people had two daughters the same age as my sister and I and the thought of meeting French kids thrilled me.

The night before our departure my mother’s brother stopped by the house to wish us a safe trip, however he brought more than well wishes. As we sat around the kitchen table listening to my uncle’s tale of a supernatural kind, I suddenly wished we were not going to Canada. The thought of running into an apparition frightened me. Uncle went on to tell us that friends of his just returned from the World’s Fair. While on route they encountered a nun walking on the road they were traveling down. They stopped to ask if they could give her a ride somewhere and she graciously accepted directing them to a local convent a few miles away. While traveling she asked if they were headed for the fair and they acknowledged that they were. Then her countenance changed from cheerful to sorrowful. She told the family to get back on the main road or disaster would strike. It took a minute for the family to digest this information, but when they turned toward the back sit of the van where she was sitting to confront her, they discovered she had disappeared.

Not knowing what happened they drove to the convent and inquired about the Sister. As they told their story the Mother Superior’s face turned pale. She explained that Sister had been dead for several years and they were the fourth family to see her. Each time she brought a message of warning and each time she had been right. The Mother Superior then asked if they would document their experience as the church was seeking to have her declared a ‘saint’. She continued to explain that Sister had helped many ill people when she was alive and was continuing to do so now that she was in eternity.

My uncle then suggested we take the same road so we could be blest. My parents said nothing, but nodded as if agreeing with him. As we traveled to Canada that summer I had more on my mind than meeting French children and the visiting the World’s Fair. I wondered if miracles still happened, if God still warned his people of danger and would I ever experience such a miracle in my life.

We didn’t meet the famous Sister on our journey, but years later I was saved from a serious car wreck. The car my friends and I were traveling in got hit broadside. It spun around until it finally stopped right before a railroad crossing that was carrying a train headed in our direction. The officer was amazed that the car stopped at precisely the right time, another quarter inch forward and we all would have died. As he estimated the damage he remarked that I must have a powerful guardian angel because it truly was a miracle the car stopped when it did.

So you ask, do I believe God sends warnings, help and angels to guide and protect us? The answer is a resounding YES!


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Sara Harricharan 02/05/09
Loved that summer miracle. Great title and an interesting story that sticks with the reader. Nice job. ^_^
Karlene Jacobsen 02/06/09
This was a well told, engaging story. Thank you.
Karlene