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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: Joy's Catastrophe
By Virginia Gorg


“I made a horrible mistake at work Friday and I don’t know whom to tell,” Joy confided to her friend, Alice, at church Sunday morning.

“Can’t you tell your boss?” Alice asked.

“I’m afraid I’ll get fired. Since Fred died, I have to work to support our four children.”

Alice said, “I know. Let’s pray that God will lead you to the right person.”

During worship, Joy and Alice prayed, but no answer came.

The pastor gave a passionate message about being truthful. “How can we be an effective witness if we aren’t truthful? How can we be Christ-like if we lie and cheat? Our message today is from Second Corinthians Chapter 6, verses 3 through 10. Specifically, we will focus on verse 7: in truthful speech and in the power of God.”

Pastor Paul’s speech tore at Joy’s heart. The more he spoke, the more convicted she became. Today’s message was completely for her. She decided that, no matter the consequences, she would march into work in the morning and confess her error.

Monday morning arrived with a drizzling rain, which fit Joy’s mood exactly. She prayed during breakfast. Scared and apprehensive, she dressed and prepared for work. For the first time in months, Joy arrived with a heavy heart, ready to pack up her belongings and head for home.

Joy walked into a room filled with commotion. Mr. Wisenhaur, the boss, stood at the finishing rack, red-faced and waving his arms wildly. Oh, boy, this is it, I’m doomed now, thought Joy.

“I want an answer and I want it now,” roared Mr. Wisenhaur. “Who did this? Who dumped the almonds into the chocolate?”

Joy took a deep breath, and stepped forward. “I did it.”

Mr. Wisenhaur took her hand and raised it high in the air. “I want everyone to know what Joy did.” Joy was on the verge of tears.

The boss said: “This is incredible. These are delicious.” He reached onto the finishing rack and picked up a candy bar. “How did this happen?”

Joy stuttered in shock, “I .. I .. I couldn’t stop it. It was an accident. I opened the almond basket by mistake, and then it was too late. ”

Joy was astonished that the boss wasn’t furious. He said: “This is the best candy I’ve tasted in years. We need to market this. I know it will become a best seller. Now all we need is a name.”

“We could call it almond cluster”, declared Mr. Dryfus, the foreman.

“No, that’s too plain. I know, let’s call it Almond Joy,” said Mr. Wisenhaur. “We’ll put one almond on each bar to remind us that it took one person, Joy, to come up with this idea, even though by accident.”

“Well done, good and faithful employee,” Mr. Wisenhaur exclaimed to Joy. All the employees cheered enthusiastically.

Joy was stunned, but remembered to thank Jesus for His faithfulness and sense of humor. He always provides,” she sighed happily to herself. "A truthful word, packed with God’s power, is the only truth we need."

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Lynda Schultz 05/25/06
This is truly creative. Great job.
Amy Puckett05/25/06
Great story!
Helen Murray05/26/06
The Truth sets us free indeed! Well drawn fear parameter.
Anita Neuman05/27/06
Ha ha! A humourous take on the topic - with a great message!

Watch for little sentences that "tell" too much (ie. "Since Fred died, I have to work to support our four children." - would someone really say that to a close friend? Wouldn't the friend know those details already?) - now that's a nitpicky thing, so don't stress about it. Just one way to keep honing that skill - and there is definitely skill here. Good job!
Valerie Routhieaux05/31/06
Very good. Good use of dialog. You have lots of great potential. Don't stop writing
Cassie Memmer06/02/06
This is so cute and very believable. Post-it notes and the floating of Dove soap bars were both mistakes. You've gone a good job here, a very pleasant, fun read.