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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: Hope for Tanya
By Doreen Hammond


Hope for Tanya

Hurriedly, Susan rushed into the group. “Listen, you are not going to believe this one!” The group of friends held an emergency prayer meeting. They understood that prayer was the only way to reach God’s heart. After meeting for weeks and months on Tuesday afternoon, they waited each day for a sign of some kind of progress.

Tanya had been in a terrible car accident several months ago. She was five months pregnant at the time. After hitting her head on the steering wheel and side window, she was currently suffering from a head injury and was in a coma. Her broken collarbone had healed and there was no injury to the baby. The drunk that hit her was behind bars and awaiting trial sitting on bated breathe for the baby to be born. She didn’t want to be tried for the death of the unborn child.

So, Tanya was on the forefront of everyone’s mind and they covered her and her family in prayer. Together, the prayer group had already seen many miracles from healings to salvations. In Tanya’s case they were praying for a miracle. Tanya was only seventeen and got mixed up with the wrong crowd. She fell prey to an older boy who drugged her pop at a party and raped her. She became pregnant. Thankful that her mom was a praying woman, Tanya trusted her judgment and decided to keep the baby and place it for adoption. Tanya repented from her ways and began to serve the Lord, knowing in her heart that her baby would have a good future and a hope.

Much discussion took place on choosing the parents and they decided on Susan, one of her mom’s close friends in the prayer group. Susan and her husband had been through three miscarriages and wanted a baby in the worst way. Tanya loved Susan and knew that her baby would have the best of everything.

The group huddled close waiting for Susan to share her news. “What’s going on?” They asked.

“I just came from the hospital. The baby is positioning for delivery. With the contractions, and our prayers, Tanya is stirring! She opened her eyes and looked at me, she smiled and then she went back to sleep. She hasn’t fully awakened yet, but she will, I just know she will. They are going to take the baby C-section tomorrow, so I have to get ready to receive my son!”

“That is really great! We will keep praying…she is so close. Lord, please help her and let this be a witness to all who see what is going on with her. You know the diagnosis has been bleak, but you have been faithful to show us your hope that we can believe in what we ask for. God we have been faithful to you and we ask for your completion for Tanya’s healing. Thank you for your mercy and your grace, but most of all thank you for being able to hope in your word.” With bowed heads and tissues, each joined in the prayer. Some on their knees, some on their face, some sat in the chairs, but all had one heart and one purpose, to touch the throne of God.

Tanya’s mom called and interrupted the prayer group. She exclaimed, “Tanya’s awake and is asking for Susan! I want to thank you girls, for your faithfulness and your friendships.” She began to cry tears of joy and gratitude. “I don’t know what I would ever do without you.”

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Virginia Gorg05/11/06
Do you mean Grandson? "so I have to get ready to receive my son" I rather like the way you tell this. Good job.
angela belock05/11/06
A beautiful story!! A story of hope, compassion, and love!! God bless the power of prayer!!
Helen Paynter05/13/06
A nice story about healing in more senses than one. I wonder if it is true? Susan did mean son, didn't she? - becasue she was going to adopt him. Thank you for sharing
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/14/06
This is a good story. And yes, she did mean son. She was looking forward to adopt him.
Val Clark05/18/06
Wow, you can certainly tell a story, had this hard hearted, reader tearing up. Your writing has an energy and an immediacy that is exciting and compelling. I especially loved: ‘With bowed heads and tissues.’ it says so much! Now hunker down, shhhh, here are some ways to make it really shine!
‘Hurriedly, Susan rushed into the group.’ You don’t need both hurriedly and rushed. I’d delete hurriedly.
‘Tanya had been in a terrible car accident several months ago. She was five months pregnant at the time’ Contract to ‘Several months ago, and five months into her pregnancy Tanya was…’ Keep your sentences short. This will add to the tension of the piece, driving it forward. Write from one persons point of view, you have Sandra, the group, the driver. ‘The drunk that hit her was behind bars and awaiting trial sitting on bated breathe for the baby to be born.’ OK, think about the logic of this sentence. (sitting on bated breath) Break it down. The drunk driver was behind bars awaiting trial; murder if the baby died. Keep writing, this is good stuff!