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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Whine (05/23/13)

TITLE: The H
By Retha Groenewald
05/27/13


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Letters in the alphabet stringed together form new words. Depending which letters you use and in what order, different words with different meanings are formed.

Can you imagine what would happen if we added or removed a letter in a word? Take for example the letter “h”. Often it is a “silent” letter when pronounced, as in the word heir. So perhaps we can get rid of the letter “h”? Of course not, it is part of the alphabet.

Since it is often “silent”, perhaps we can add it to a word and nobody would be the wiser? Ludicrous!

If we should add the letter “h” to wine or wining, the meaning will change instantaneously. There is a great difference in saying to someone, “Stop wining and dining,” versus “Stop whining.” The first sentence refers to joyous occasions of celebrating, which, in excess, can be disastrous. The latter also portrays an attitude, the disaster being more to the recipient who is forced to listen to constant complaining.

Perhaps we can add or remove the letter “h” in a name? People will notice, but will probably not care, with exception, the person whose name we are misspelling. Really!

To God names are important. He gave Adam the task of naming all the animals and creatures on earth. God, Himself, named different people before they were born.

God also changed names. He changed Jacob’s name (which means deceiver) to Israel. Israel became the father of the twelve tribes of the nation Israel. God also changed Sarai and Abram’s names to Sarah and Abraham. There it is! The letter “h”, in English, was substituted in Sarai’s name and added to Abram’s name. By adding a simple letter, the meaning of their names changed. Abraham means “father of multitude”, a confirmation of the promise God had given Abram.

Perhaps we should take more care when we spell a word, for wine and whine are not the same, silent “h” or not.

Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding at Cana. When we believe, and Jesus becomes our Saviour, our hearts are changed. We don’t want to whine any more, we become happy; we are content, and we praise our Lord.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 05/31/13
Amen! Beautiful entry and beautiful close...God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/02/13
This is an awesome piece. Being a writer, words and letters fascinate me so I found myself intrigued immediately.

I did stumble over the first two lines, though. By adding a comma or the word to before form and on after depending would have helped the flow. Then I wondered if you did it on purpose to prove your point. If not one easy way to check for awkward sentences used to ask someone to read it aloud, if they stumble then you may want to consider rephrasing.

That is just a little thing though and overall you did a splendid job. I think your take on the topic was unique and creative. It is quite different than any other story I've read thus far. It is a message we can all relate to. I like stories that make me stop and think, and you certainly did that!