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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sellout (05/26/11)

TITLE: Rescue
By Lois Farrow


It would be described as a sell out if tickets had been sold. I sit high in the stands and marvel at the crowded stadium on this warm clear evening and pray. As I do every evening of these crusades.

“Nell,” whispers my friend, “another evening to watch our great God at work.”

“Amen, Sylvie,” I answer. “What a privilege.”

Stirring hymns roll over the crowd as the choir lift their voices in praise and entreaty. At last the Preacher stands.

“Ladies and Gentlemen,” I smile at the hush as his deep voice rolls over the people. “As you know, entry tonight is free. I’m here to tell you about God’s great gift of salvation, which is also free. But as we have our donors to cover the cost of bringing you this message, I want to tell you about the person who paid the price of your salvation. He is here tonight to rescue you from Satan’s kingdom and bring you into the kingdom of light.”

I thank God as I listen to the familiar message. I know my daughter is somewhere backstage with her team of counsellors. Lord, fill the counsellors with your Spirit to bring your words to those in need.

The message is finished and as the choir sings there is movement as people stand and go forward for prayer. I know many will pray right where they are. Sylvie and I hold hands and pray, knowing God will draw many into his kingdom tonight.

As always my mind goes back forty years to the time when I felt smothered by the darkness of depression. I think of the day I decided to end it all, and take my two young children with me; they couldn’t cope if I left them behind, I reasoned. Mercifully God saved me from taking that step. Gradually he brought healing, and restored joy and peace to my life.

It is unbearable to think of what the world would have been deprived of if God hadn’t rescued me. Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace, and for preserving the lives of my children, and that now they are sold out for you. Thank you for working mightily through my daughter, the counsellor, and my son, the Preacher.

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LaToya Freeman06/02/11
I loved this story so much that I feel bad saying this comment but with the passion I see I want to see you going in completion within every aspect, so...

My only critique would be to extend your use of different punctuation marks. I'm not perfect at it either but a comma or semi-colon here or there would've helped the flow a bit. Some of your sentences seemed cut by the periods but, again, it was still an awesome read.
Kathleen Langridge06/03/11
Touching story. It was formed well especially with the ending. Keep sharing your heart as God gives you open doors.
Leola Ogle 06/04/11
Oh my, I really felt this story! Thanks for sharing. Good writing! God bless!
Nigel Byng06/06/11
The beauty of the Master's work in your life thus far is revealed in this compelling narrative. I think you should expand on this and continue to share your story. Lovely story. Keep up your work and God bless.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/06/11
I've suffered depression as well and am grateful that as much as I tried to take control God wouldn't let me. He had plans for me. I liked how you slipped in different definitions of sellout and wove them together in one beautiful piece!