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

TITLE: Back to Her Old Tricks
By Kathleen Tollifson


“I had lunch yesterday with a new friend. I met her at The Grace Ranch when I went to do a Bible study with their ladies.” Cindy stuffed more booklets into her bulging handbag and adjusted the silky scarf that draped her neck. “She’s doing a new group about healing the broken-hearted. The gals just love her group, and talked about her so much that I thought I should get to know her. We had the best time! It was one of those two hour God lunches. We laughed and cried – we have so much in common. I think we will be doing some workshops together soon, you know, helping women with their issues.” Her voice trailed off as she rummaged through her messenger bag. “I wonder if I’ll need my laptop today. Maybe I should bring it - better safe than sorry.”

“Where are you going now?” Lou asked. “I saw your car and thought I better come say Hi before you took off again.” Lou finished the last sip of her coffee. “I don’t see much of you these days. Since when did you get so busy?”

“Oh Lou, I’m sorry. I guess we don’t talk like we used to. I don’t know what happened with me. One thing led to another. But you are still my dearest friend, nothing will ever change that. Those months after Harry passed, you always knew just when I needed a word of encouragement.” Cindy sat down at the table and reached over to touch her friend’s hand. “I have neglected our friendship, and I’m sorry.”

Lou’s smile reassured her. “You don’t owe me an apology. I’m thrilled to see you back to your old tricks! I just miss you, that’s all. I hoped you would have time to come by for brunch this Saturday. Joe’s asking about you, and we’d love to see you.”

Cindy glanced at her watch. “Saturday it is. Can I bring something? Ooh, I know. I’ll be at the Womens Ministry Bake-Off early Saturday morning. I’ll bring something yummy from there.”

As Cindy headed for her first appointment she remembered the times that her friend had appeared just when her grief seemed too much to bear. “Lord, I owe Lou so much. Forgive me for neglecting her in my busyness. Forgive me for neglecting my time with you too.” She realized that after the long months of loneliness and adjustment to life without Harry, she had been surprised when people started to ask if she was ready to step back into ministry. She loved the way the Lord had used her and Harry to reach people whose lives needed a touch of grace. She had feared that it was over, that without Harry, there wouldn’t be anything for her to do.

A quiet voice inside Cindy quoted a familiar verse: “Fear not, for you shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood.” (Is 54: 4 paraphrased). She blinked back her tears. “I read your promise to me so many times Lord, but I didn’t notice when you brought it to pass in my life. You have been so good to me.” She knew that her time of grieving was over, and her new season had begun. “It is just as you said. I look ahead each day with wonder, because you are full of good plans for me. I can’t wait to see what we will do next.”

Cindy walked into the fellowship center with a new spring in her step, and a contagious smile on her face. “So ladies, what’s up for today?”

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AnneRene' Capp04/22/10
Very encouraging story for those of us who endure such pain with the loss of a spouse. At the time, you just don't feel you'll ever be the same, but as your story points out...your not and it gets better when God's in it.
Joanne Sher 04/25/10
Great job with her interior monologue especially. I love how God is woven through the piece.

I would love to hear what happens next - especially between the woman and man. Feels like a romance in the making to me!