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

TITLE: Hope Waits
By Jerry Berggren
05/08/06


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She gazed out the living room window, wishing the rain would stop. Her best friend Amy lived just two doors down, but she hadn't played with her in forever. The rain never seemed to stop. Mommy told her not to worry, the weather would get better soon. She couldn't stand the wait. Her little brother was too young to play games with because he would try to eat the game pieces. Mommy said that could hurt him. Mommy was always doing stuff around the house and couldn't play for very long. This was another boring day. She had nothing to do, but wait for the sun to come out so she could play with Amy.

Amy was older, she was five and a half. She didn't have a little brother. She had an older sister who knew all kinds of things. Her sister's name was Leah. Leah was in fourth grade and she was ten years old. Leah and Amy got to play games together, but Amy had more fun with Hope. Amy was bored, too.

Hope asked Mommy, “When will the rain stop?”

“I don't know, Honey. But it won't rain forever.”

But it had already been raining for what seemed like forever. “How do you know that, Mommy?”

“Because God made a promise to all the people.”

“Why?” Hope puzzled.

“A long time ago, God made a flood over the whole world. He told a man named Noah to build a boat for his family and all the animals. When the flood was over, God promised Noah He would never flood the world again. And He made a rainbow to remember His promise.”

“Oh. So when will God make the rain stop? When can I go play with Amy?” Hope stammered.

“I don't know. You could pray to God and ask Him to make the rain stop.”

“Okay.”

Hope went to her room and knelt beside her bed. She folded her hands and asked God to make the rain stop. “I want to play with Amy!”

When she was done, she ran back out to the living room and looked out the window.

Hoping for the rain to stop.


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Helen Paynter05/14/06
Interesting piece, nicely written. I felt it ended a little abruptly - I'd have liked more. But very readable and enjoyable.