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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)

TITLE: Praising God Through the Sneezes
By Victoria Catron


Brayn's boss started sneezing something fierce, "Achoo, achoo, achoo, ...!" Bryan thought to be polite no matter how much conflict had come in between his boss and him at times, "Bless you." The boss' allergic reaction in the spring air passed and both went back to work. Unbeknownst to Bryan his other co-worker had a reprimand stewing in his mind. "Bryan, it's 'God bless you,' not just 'bless you.'" Bryan grinned and agreed as they returned to their work.

If I didn't know the story behind this story it would be easy to dismiss it and go on with my day, but in reality it's only a small opportunity to share the praise of God when prayers are answered. Bryan is a believer in Jesus Christ and he has been employed by this boss for several years. His boss is not a believer and has made it explicitly understood not only in his words but also in his actions. Bryan's co-worker has been on the job for a short while and has made it clear that though he may have attended church at one time he isn't inclined to believe what Bryan believes though he has some interest. Yet this same co-worker has made a declaration to the boss that when Bryan prays over the specific job that they are completing it gets done. Even more, he loudly and boldly praises God for it in front of the boss and customers.

Until recently Brayn's boss was against anything that Bryan said or did concerning God. What could possibly have led to the boss allowing talk of God now? His nephew fought against cancer since the day he was born until the day of his death. Little Dexter went home to be with God just last month, not too long before his first birthday. The boss knew that Bryan's church prayed for this little baby and the whole family. It was God's work through all of this and Bryan's co-worker that brought the boss to the place where God could at least be mentioned on the job.

Then on a work appointment last week Bryan's boss and co-worker both received a Bible from a customer. Surprisingly the boss took it home and dropped it on the coffee table. (Bryan has given Bibles to his boss before and not one ended up at his house.) His young daughter picked it up and started reading it. She couldn't understand everything and so began to ask questions of her parents. The boss remembered some answers from when his grandmother made him go to church as a child. This led them to actually go buy a children's Bible for her at the local Christian store. Bryan's church continues to pray and is excited to see how God continues to work!

This story is passed on to you as a blessing from God. Don't be discouraged though there are plenty of issues to be saddened about, but hope in a God who can use one little word, "Achoo," as a reminder of God's blessings! All too often Christians underestimate the power and reach of God even when we have the privelege of reading the miraculous Word he gave us!

".... The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16 KJV

"Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD." Psalm 150:6 KJV

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Judith Gayle Smith04/19/13
This is sweet.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/20/13
This is a great testimony. It is amazing how one little word can make such a huge difference.

The only suggestion I might offer is to name the coworker and the Boss as it was a tad confusing who was who to me in the middle.

I think you did a nice job of incorporating the topic and still delivering an important message. Good job.