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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)

TITLE: My Ultimate Destination
By Diana Davis
03/18/09


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Easter Sunday was here, the first one since “it” happened. The “it” being the day my mother passed away. With a heavy heart I got ready for church, memories of Easter dinner at my parent’s house filling my mind. Never again would I see my mother’s smiling face as I walked in their house. Never again would I taste her homemade noodles. Yet I knew I had to go on, one day at a time, in spite of the pain I felt inside. Memories needed to be made for my own children.

Sitting near the front of the church I had a clear view of the screen they used to show a short video on at the end of the service. The video depicted the life of Christ and it ended with the cross standing against a clear blue sky and a white dove flying through the air. It hit then, the deep understanding that finally comes with the knowledge of what God’s grace meant to me personally. For the first time, I understood what that grace meant to me and I understood hope. “If all we have is life on this earth, “ I thought, “what is the point”?

I experience hope at that moment, true gut wrenching hope…knowledge that Jesus is my savior as He was for my mother, and that through our faith in Him, I would see her again. She was not gone forever – I would just miss her for a short time. In a way that I had never before truly experienced it, the Kingdom of God became my ultimate destination!


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Virgil Youngblood 03/21/09
This evokes memories of my dear mother and the anticipation of a reunion. Thanks for sharing your story.
Allison Egley 03/23/09
I love this ideas presented here.

I would have loved more "showing" instead of telling. Perhaps try talking about what she was thinking as she walked in the church. She probably talked to someone as she walked in. Maybe they asked about how she was doing? What did she say?

Again, a good concept, and great message. Keep writing!