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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Willingness (02/21/05)

TITLE: Living Water
By Shellie Power
02/24/05


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Cold. Hard. Ice. All these words described her heart. She worked hard keeping people out. It was an effort to feel nothing, something she strived towards everyday. Life was easy this way. She was not lonely. In fact, she was rarely alone. Many men had slept in her bed; some she had married and some she had not. None had she loved.

In a conscious effort to avoid the stares and looks of others, she waited until noon to fetch her water. It was a relief to know that she was unlikely to meet up with anyone as most people chose early morning or evening to visit the well.

As she approached she felt unsettled and uneasy. Pushing these feelings aside she walked past the stranger and began to draw water. When it became evident that He was speaking to her she felt compelled to answer His questions. "Why does he want water from me? How does he know so much about me?" she questioned herself. He knew of her men. He knew of her reputation. He was not repulsed. He offered her water in return. Did he not know that she kept people out? She did not need him.

As he spoke, she knew he was different. She could feel a change coming over her. The heart that was cold and hard began to melt. There was a sudden willingness within her to listen and accept what this man had to offer.

Warm. Soft. Living Water. All these words described her heart.


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Deborah Parker02/28/05
Enjoyed reading it.
donna robinson03/02/05
what a powerful description you paint her of the woman Jesus could forgive and give a new spirit. It may me stop and realize how even more powerful the story was, things I never thought about before. I mean, it wasn't just the miracle of forgiviness, it was the ability to touch her heart, to make her care that she was forgiven. You made her struggle real.
Dave Wagner03/02/05
Im a bit puzzled by the ending. It seems to me almost that you knew you had a really good submission going, became intimidated, or afraid, or something, and you lost your confidence and decided to quickly end it. I would have loved to see where this proceeded to. It has strength and a geniune flavor to it. It just doesn't feel complete.

A great read, thanks for posting.
Phyllis Inniss 03/04/05
A good rendition of this story. I never really paid much attention to the details about the woman's life only that Jesus knew all about her and effected a change in her.