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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Handout (04/14/11)

TITLE: All I Can Do Is Pray
By LeRoy Dean


Picking up the pamphlet, I brushed off the mud and water and began to read it. A tear spilled from my eye as I put the pamphlet in my pocket and walked down the street to my house. How could anyone throw it into a mud puddle after reading it? Why would they?

Arriving at my house, I was soaked to the skin with all this rain. A warm bath will feel good. Emptying my pockets, I put the pamphlet on the bed to dry. I could not help thinking of the sad soul that threw it away.

My cup of tea tasted especially good this evening. A day’s work was over and a well-deserved rest would soon be mine. My thoughts about the pamphlet, now stained with puddle water, continued. What was so threatening about it that someone would throw it away?

Picking it up, I began to read. “What you are about to read can change your life.” Pausing, my thought is that anyone reading that line would surely be interested in reading more. Maybe, they did. I wonder what caused them to stop reading and to throw it away.

“God loves you and wants to change your life. He has a plan for you. He wants you to give Him your heart and allow Him to be the Lord of your life.” I do not find any problem with these words. Someone must have though, to feel the need to throw it away.

“At this place in your life, you may be separated from God because of sin. The Bible says that all of us have sinned in one way or another. Because of sin, fellowship with God is lost.” Again, I find no issues with these words.

“God loves you so much that He gave His son, Jesus, to die for your sins. If you tell Him you are sorry for your sins and ask Him into your heart, you will be saved.” I read a pamphlet like this a few years ago, but do not recall if someone gave it to me or if I had picked it up somewhere.

I wonder what my life would be like if I had not read a similar message and asked God to come into my life. I was in an abusive marriage, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not make it work. Life, as I knew it, was falling apart.

One day, somehow, I was reading a pamphlet telling me about God and forgiveness and it was as if someone threw me a life ring. My heart leaped with hope and I knew I needed this God. I invited Him into my heart and that has made all the difference.

It feels good, finally, to live with hope, having lived without it for so long. If it were possible to find the person who threw this pamphlet away, maybe, I could convince them; somehow, show them how God can make a difference in their life. Seems like, sometimes, all I can do is pray for them. That is something.

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diana kay04/22/11
i like this simple clear message in this story and woven around the soggy wet pamphlet. thank you for crafting it.
Phee Paradise 04/25/11
I like the way you wove together the narrator's story and that of the person who dropped the pamphlet. Your gradual revealation of the narrator's story was well done, but your movement from past to present tense was a little jarring.
Michael Throne04/27/11
I like this. The tension from wondering what the pamphlet said evolved into a tension of the narrator’s story as you gradually built our interest in the MC. Well written.