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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)

TITLE: Still Hour
By Charlotte Maccallum


Although bangers and mash mixed with peas is usually a favourite of Lucy’s, tonight she can hardly finish one mouthful. Her nausea is not altered by anything she doses or doses not eat. How could she eat anything just hours after her dad had almost been killed in the most horrific car cash?

Once she has finished just half of her plate she begs, “Please mom may I be excused?”

“Alright love, it’s been a long day” her mom replies. “Why don’t you go have a nice warm bath and I’ll bring you some tea once I’m done with the dishes.”

“Ok” Lucy replies in her little worn out voice. She stumbles upstairs and enters her bedroom, which seems cold and dark, not the yellow sunny room which she has come to know. As she turns her light on she brushes her hand over her Bible. She remembers Psalms 46; 10 “Be still and know that I am God.”•

“Hum”, Lucy thinks, “I wonder what the rest of that Psalm says.” In just a few moments she has found the Psalm and begins to read it. As she reads the passage, a peace comes over her unlike any she had felt before. Each word sinks deep into her soul.

“God is our refuge and our strength an ever presence help in trouble” • Is confuses Lucy, she can not feel God’s presence, how could God be present in this chaos? Still she reads on.

The next few versus discuss natural deserters, • how could this solve her problem? Her dad was in a coma, the earth was not collapsing. How could this chapter help her? Still Lucy reads on, there must be some words written for her today. “God is within her; she will not fail; God will help her at the break of day.” •

“Could the ‘her’ in that story be me” Lucy begins to think a little deeper. “Could God help me where I find myself? Well all I can do is prayer.” As Lucy begins to prayer the most awesome peace comes upon her. Just as if Jesus was there in person wrapping His arms around her.

Lucy stops praying and just sits peacefully in God’s arms feeling His perfect love fill her up and ease her pain. She remembers how Elijah heard the small voice of God after the wind, the earthquake and the fire.•

“There’s your tea love”, Lucy’s mom interrupts her, “May I sit with you for a while?”

“Sure, just thinking about Elijah in the cave.” • Lucy replies.

“Good story that, fitting too.” Her mom sighs as she puts her arm around Lucy. “God will bring us though this, just hold on to Him.”

• Psalms 46 taken from the NIV Bible
• Psalms 46 taken from the NIV Bible
• Psalms 46 taken from the NIV Bible
• Psalms 46 taken from the NIV Bible

• Story of Elijah in the Cave found in 1 Kings 19:9-21

• Story of Elijah in the Cave found in 1 Kings 19:9-21

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AnneRene' Capp04/22/10
Important message, and like how you used a young girl to point out how only God's word can truly comfort us when we are heavy and face uncertainty.
Laura Manley04/24/10
I enjoyed this story very much. It had an excellent message. Whenever you submit anything, be sure to check your spelling. Also, in one or two spots in the story, you seemed to change tenses. Other than that, your story was very well received. Blessings, Laura
Phee Paradise 04/25/10
I liked how Lucy turned to scripture and received comfort. Her search for comfort was very realistic. I was a little confused about her age, though. Maybe you could have made that clear in the first few sentences.