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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)

TITLE: Out of the Mouths of Babes
By Jennifer Crone
09/03/09


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“Becca..can I ask you a question?” Kayley’s voice shook with uncertainty.

The other young girl, brown braids swinging happily, came bounding over, landing in a heap at Kayley’s feet.

“Sure.” Becca replied, “What’s up?”

“Do you believe in God?” Kayley asked, her blues eyes glued to the ground below her chair.

“Of course I do.” Beca answered, as if it was the simplest question in the world, “Mama and daddy take me to Sunday school on the weekends. We learn about Jesus and God and how much he loves us. AND…” she added with emphasis, “My mama always says my prayers with me at night before she tucks me in and we talk to God. Why?”

Kayley twisted her hands together, obviously uneasy. It wasn’t everyday that a seven year old asked such important questions. Haltingly, she began again,

“Well last night, I overheard my daddy tell my uncle Jack that if there was a God, my mama would have never died,” her voice dropped to a whisper and she hesitantly glanced down at her friend, “I don’t think my daddy believes in God.”

Becca pulled herself up, and jumped up into the old armchair with her friend. Tucking Kayley’s short blond hair behind her ear the way Becca’s own mom did when she was upset, she began to talk,

“You know,” she told her, “I think your daddy is just mad. They told us in Sunday school that sometimes things happen and we don’t know why. Like with your mama. They told us to remember that Jesus was always with us even when were confused or mad or upset.”

Kayley thought about her friends advice for a moment and then asked,

“But how come I can’t see him?”

Becca smiled, hazel eyes crinkling, “That’s the BEST part of it all. Jesus lives in heaven with his father God, and he watches over us. One day we will be able to see him, but for now, it’s like a cool mystery.”

Kayley’s eyes got real big as she listened to her friend’s description,

“Wow. I never knew that,” she grew a little braver and asked the other question that had been burning on her heart, “Becca…if my daddy doesn’t believe all that, how can I help him?”

Becca grinned again, looped her arm around her friends shoulders, and replied,
“Just love him.”

For the first time since the night before Kayley smiled, real joy evident on her face.

“I can do that.”


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Chelsie May09/10/09
Wow. What a wonderful story. You captured the childlike faith so beautifully!
Nicole Van Der Merwe 09/11/09
This is exactly how I would imagine kids to speak. Its like you might have overheard them speak.
Lisa Barajas09/11/09
Very nice, I like the way it reads, very natural.
Nilda Fagundes09/12/09
Wow, gave me chills! It's amazing but this story seems like a true story...kids do speak this way and it's nice to see how friends with faith can rely on each other. Very nice job!
Elizabeth Owen09/14/09
Great story, it is amazing how you told how kids might realty death and faith to one another

Liz Owen
MaryAnn Haley09/14/09
Very picturesque! The writer sets the scene very vividly in our minds as to the surroundings and mood of the characters. Nice!
Aaron Haley09/14/09
Wow. What an awesome piece. It's really nice to see the you portrayed the little girls in midst of their conversation. It's nice to read stuff you can relate to in your own life.
Shilo Goodson09/16/09
This is a well-written story. I like how the answer comes from another child and not an adult. It makes children feel more independent when someone their own age helps them instead of an adult.
Lisa Johnson 09/17/09
Beautifully written story.There is a reason God tells us to come like children.