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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: Bitter Loss, Sweet Return
By Stacy Wells


The past three days have been the worst in my life, hands down. I gave up everything to follow him. I left my job, abandoned my father, spent countless hours away from my wife and kids, and for what? To watch it all be stripped from me, to have nothing to show for it.

The downfall started at dinner three nights ago. The twelve of us all gathered with the lord for Passover. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, he spoke to us, he taught us, and he gave us insight into what his kingdom would be. Then the bombshell, he said one of us would betray him. We immediately thought it would be Judas, and we were right. That snake in the grass! We welcomed him and accepted him and he would do this to us? I guess it worked out though, Jesus was not whom we thought he was. My stomach has been in knots, everything in me is bitter. Im as bitter as the vinegar offered to him on the cross. I cant believe we were deceived all this time. As he hung there I cried, I pray to Jehovah to deliver him, or that he would come down and show these Roman pagans and holier than though Pharisees that he was the Messiah. But he just died.

Hes gone! my wife burst through the door nearly giving me a heart attack. He isnt there anymore! Mary Magdalene and His mother went to the tomb, He isnt there, the soldiers are gone, and the stone was rolled away, He Lives! She hugged me tight, joy was all over her. I began to tremble.

Who stole him? I asked.

What do you mean? It is the prophecy you told me about. He raised up His temple in three days. She corrected me.

I fell to my knees and sobbed. I could not control myself. I need to see for myself.

She took me to the tomb and it was empty just like she said. Fear, joy, anger, anticipation, all of these emotions flooded me. I hurried along to find the others to see if they had heard. Could it be? Could he have risen? I needed to know. This could change everything, this could renew everything! I arrived and we were all in the house trying to figure out what had happened and where He could be.

Peace be with you. There He was, my Lord, my God! He was alive; He came back to us just as He had promised. He breathed on us. How sweet it was to have Him instruct us again, to impart His spirit to us. It was up to us to continue His teaching, to spread the Word of the His return.

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Melinda Wells06/04/09
I love your take on this! Very well written. <3
Sara Harricharan 06/08/09
Love the first paragraph here! I didn't see where you were going with it until I kept reading past that and then it all fell into place. This is very well done. Nice twist.
Colin Swann06/10/09
An interesting take on the topic. A lot of bitterness around the sweet Lord at the Cross - well done - Colin
diana kay06/10/09
good title and good story
Marijo Phelps06/10/09
GREAT application of "bitter/sweet" and showing how with the Lord "all things work together for good" Loved the MC - very real and believable.

Mona Purvis06/10/09
Just imagine the emotions they all went through during those days. You speak to it. Makes one think. Good job.
Sonya Leigh06/10/09
Oh, I loved the opening paragraph too! I wonder if you could have kept that going for a bit longer...to really zing us farther down on the page. I see some very good characterization in your writing, some great structure too. Good job! Keep Going.
Beth LaBuff 06/10/09
A well-written account of what the disciples must have felt at Jesus' death. Was this Thomas? This was excellent for the topic.
Jesus Puppy 12/03/09
Very well done.