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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Spring (as in the season) (11/28/05)

TITLE: Rise and Shine
By Karen Frantz
12/02/05


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Give God the Glory


“Rise and shine, give God the glory, glory!”
“Rise and shine, give God the glory, glory!”
“Rise and shine, give God the glory, glory!”
“Children of the Lord!”

Maggie’s mom always woke her singing this chorus. She sat up in her bed, stretched and yawned. She was excited. It was the first day of spring. Winter seemed as though it would never give way to the warm winds of the season.

Maggie walked over to her window. The sky was a beautiful, clear blue. The sun was bright and warm, shining through the panes. She was so excited she had a hard time getting dressed. She practically ran into the kitchen.

“Whoa! Maggie, what’s the rush?” Her mom asked.

“It’s spring!” Maggie said, with a giggle.

“Yes, it is and not a day too soon.”

“Well, I want to hurry and go outside, it’s Saturday and I don’t want to waste a minute of spring.” Maggie said as she sat down to breakfast.

“We should thank God for this beautiful spring morning.” They bowed their heads and Maggie’s mom prayed: “Dear God, thank you for all your blessings. We especially thank you for this beautiful spring morning. Thank you for our food. Please, keep us safe this day. Amen!”

“Amen!’ Maggie ate hurriedly and then off she went. She felt the warmth of the sun, but there was still a slight chill to the air. That was why her mom made her wear a sweater.

Maggie walked around the house looking at the empty flower beds. They sure looked bare. Then, all of a sudden, she noticed in one of the beds, a small, green, shoot peaking through the cold, black dirt. Maggie stooped down to get a closer look. It was so small, she wondered if it would one day be a colorful, fragrant flower.

As she walked on she noticed a robin pulling on a worm. “Breakfast,” she thought.

The day was so beautiful and bright that Maggie’s mom fixed a picnic lunch, Maggie, her mom and dad ate outside in the sunshine. Her dad told them that one of the cows would be giving birth at anytime. What exciting news that was to Maggie.

Later in the evening, after supper, her dad came running into the house. “Quick, Sara! Call the vet. I think we’ll need help with this calf.” Maggie’s mom went quickly to the phone and began dialing the number.

Maggie grabbed her sweater and followed her dad to the big, red barn. There on the hay laid the enormous body of the brown spotted cow, heaving up and down with every breath.

Sara came running into the barn. “Matt, the vet is over in another county. We’re on our own.”

Maggie looked at her dad. He had a real worried look, and then he lifted his head and looked at the rafters above.c “Dear God, we sure could use your help.” He prayed.

An hour or so passed, when finally the time had come for the calf to be birthed. Maggie watched her parents work diligently over the poor cow. Before long Maggie saw the calf emerge, healthy and strong.

Sara smiled as she wiped the calf down. “Maggie, this is what spring is all about, “new birth.”

“Soon we’ll celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and that is what the resurrection of Christ is all about, new birth.” Maggie’s dad added.

“So rise and shine, give God the glory, glory.” Maggie sang.


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Jan Ackerson 12/07/05
Good job at creating tension for your readers. A few picky suggestions: Tell your reader how old Maggie is, work on punctuation of dialog, and
Jan Ackerson 12/07/05
(Oops, hit the button too soon.)

...and stick to one title.

I really like this faithful little family!
Marilyn Schnepp 12/09/05
Loved your story! You captured Spring, captured a happy family picnic, a new birth and what brought me to tears was the father's prayer...praying that "we need a little help down here", and their faith. Lovely story, very well written and touched this Readers inner soul. Kudos!