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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)

TITLE: My Son's Love Saved Me
By Pamela Calhoun


​'Can anything in life be more challenging than motherhood?'

​This was the question she pondered, sitting in the morning sunlight, at the little table he'd made for her years ago. Sipping from her favorite cup, she continued reflecting on those child rearing years.

​This morning she was swimming in memories of her oldest, her first born. He was such a special child, but then, what new mother doesn't think that?

​Smiling, she remembered the surprise news of his impending arrival. She hadn't even begun to think about children yet, she was too young and there seemed to be so many other priorities in her life at the time. But he was on his way, so no use worrying about all the reactions from her family and friends. This was meant to be, and she was determined to make the best of it.

​As the child grew in her womb her realization increased daily; what a great responsibility she was being given. She prayed throughout her pregnancy that God would give her wisdom as a mother, because even though her years were few, she already knew that without God's help she could do nothing.

​She hugged herself remembering the day of his birth. Thirty-five years ago today she had first looked into his precious eyes and marveled at how perfect he was. Closing her eyes, she imagined she was holding him again for the first time. What mother doesn't remember, to her dying day, that wonderful feeling?

​So many fond memories of his youth flooded her mind, making her smile. Then when he grew, as with all young adults, he began having ideas of his own and went in directions she would never have chosen for him. She was wise enough to know she couldn't stop him from following his heart, but it broke hers to watch it.

​He became a very influential man, respected, admired and loved by many. Eventually his life became so busy that he didn't even have time for her, his own mother. The people he surrounded himself with were very demanding, but she always knew he loved her, she never doubted that. He had a goal to achieve and she'd understood, he was a man with a purpose, but still it had been hard for her to watch him work so hard.

​As always, she sobbed when remembering the way he died. He was so young when he was taken from her, but she understood he had to go, it was his destiny. She'd heard him speak to the man beside him that was suffering his same fate; "I tell you the truth" He had said, "Today you will be with Me in paradise" and it had reminded her that He was not only her precious first-born child, but The long-awaited Savior.

​The Angel had told her from the beginning and He had confirmed it to her many times, so she knew He was her Savior and without Him she would be forever lost. But she also knew Him as her precious little boy that came running in with excitement to present her with a beautiful wildflower; "Look what I picked for you mommy!"

​Wiping the tears with her apron she told herself; "Alright! Enough of that!"

​The rest of her day was filled with memories, laughter, and tears. But Mary couldn't hold back the smiles each time she imagined the day she would see Him again, and how glorious their reunion would be!

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Laura Manley03/17/12
Interesting entry...I expected to be reading about an unwed teen mother. The transition into just exactly who she was speaking of was a smooth one. Well-told story!
Dolores Stohler03/18/12
Beautiful, simply beautiful! I love the way you told this story. This could have been any mother and to hve it turn out to be Mary made it really precious. And so timely, with Easter on the way.
PamFord Davis 03/20/12
Nice recollections of a mother. Yes, I believe Mary "pondered" many things in her heart.
C D Swanson 03/21/12
Wow - this was a wonderful story and as the others said, it can apply to "any mother." But what a beautiful ending, filled with faith, promises and love. Just like Jesus.

Good job!
God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/22/12
Congratulations for placing 9th in level one!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/22/12
Congratulations for placing 8th in level one! Oops sorry I goofed before yours and another one tied for 8th not 9th!