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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: Resurrected
By clarissa aguilera


Good morning Richard how’s my little handsome guy doing this morning? Said the caregiver, Helen, to her little 87 year old elderly man she cares for.

Sitting at the table every morning drinking his favorite coffee “Folgers in a cup”, thinking about how his life was, when once a Chief in the Military, and how family visits are on various occasions, one phone call by a particular member every couple of months. How his mobility is limited, and wants nothing more than to be happy once again.

“Honey, what can I do for you today said Helen? But Richard had no response.

Baby, would you like a bear claw with your coffee, Richard quietly mumbles “uh, Hu”. Cheer up, sugar your day does get brighter as you strive to be happy, think positive thoughts sweetie… said Helen.

Do you know that every day when you sit at the table drinking your “Folgers in a cup” your busy thinking about the past, focus on the future (PHIIPPIANS 3:13-14) NIV Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Baby I understand you’re revisiting your most beautiful memories, but if it’s bringing your spirits down, “sweetie, I would encourage you to think of all the other things in life that make you happy.

Gosh, It breaks my heart day after day to see him in such misery, Helen stated; I try to encourage my little guy to stay strong. But with such distress and agony, there not too much I could do, but pray.

• Distress: mental suffering, e.g. that caused by grief, anxiety, or unhappiness.

• Agony: great pain or anguish: intense physical pain or mental anguish.

• Anguish: extreme anxiety: extreme anxiety or emotional torment.

• Torment: inflict pain on somebody or something: to inflict torture, pain, or anguish on person.

“How about I’ll challenge you to a game of poker”, you’re favorite game, said Helen, “no”, not now sweetie, replied Richard.

Day’s passed and Richard’s condition got better then, worse? When one day he whispered under his breath, “Oh, I’ll be gone shortly, then… “Oh, I’ll be dead soon”. I knew at that very moment, this is critical.

I prayed to my God, in the name of Jesus,

“God help me, so that I can help Richard, help himself, from a life of torment, have mercies upon Richard’s life here on earth, his final days… “Thank you, my Lord, for an answered prayer in advance”.

“And, the God that I serve said Helen always answers my prayers that very moment, “I heard, GRANTED”.

With that said: I needed to act fast, what can I do to distract his mind from negative thinking in thoughts, to a positive perspective? Church twice a week, was not enough, there’s got to be another solution. Next, I bought every game there was to buy, checkers, puzzles, arts & crafts, paints, videos, crayons, color books, Walt Disney movies, and crossword puzzles.

My last resort was: a lap top, and with all the games his little tender heart desires, will keep his mind busy, a Disney PIXAR Finding NEMO: NEMOS underwater world of fun. (Ages 4+ years), my little handsome guy is finally, psychologically at rest (ROMANS 8:6-7) NIV The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not summit to Gods law, nor can it do so.

Today Richard is now reaching his potential to a happier life, with Christ by his side, and NEMO’S: underwater world of fun.

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Richard Hicks01/24/13
Very sweet story and very nicely written. It is tough when you are in a rut with your thoughts. Im glad God used you to bring Richard some peace and helping him to change his gloomy thoughts. Praise God!
C D Swanson 01/26/13
Amen and Amen! Loved this.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/27/13
This is an interesting story. You intrigued me with this moving banter between the characters. There are some errors, missing quotation marks, and using your instead of you're. A good proofreader will help you with all of that. You did a nice job of writing on topic while still educating the reader about this devastating disorder. Good job.