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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: Magic Words
By Lisa Stephens
07/26/06


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“Kelsey, is there anything at all I can do? Anything?” I asked for what had to be the ten-millionth time.

Kelsey smiled sadly, “No, I don’t think so, Amy.” She replied.

I rubbed my eyes, trying very hard not to cry. Again. I had already cried for several hours. We were walking down the street next to my house, walking and talking.

Kelsey had called me at 2:00a.m. on Thursday, from the hospital. I was instantly worried. She had slowly explained that she’d had a miscarriage. And I threw up. On my kitchen floor. It’s Friday, and I haven’t been able to eat anything since, because I feel so sick.

I can’t understand why God would do this, it makes me so sick to think that he could have saved the baby’s life, but he didn’t. Kelsey and her husband, John, had been praying for children ever since they got married three years ago. And when Kelsey got pregnant everyone was so happy for her.

But now it seems like the world’s exploded in my face. There’s nothing to make it ok, no bandages and no magic words.

“Amy,” Kelsey said, “I want you to remember this, It isn’t punishment. There’s a reason in all things, even this.”

And Kelsey was so, so right. They weren’t magic words, they weren’t amazing. They just helped heal the sickness inside me.


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Kaylee Blake 07/27/06
Very nice. I kinda wanted more, but then, that's me! I also kinda wished you'd have used the topic a little more. But I loved your closing sentence. Good job.
Joanne Sher 07/28/06
I also was wanting more to this - but what you do have is quite good! I loved the pace of this - the paragraph about her reaction to her friend's miscarriage was wonderful, as was the last.
Sandra Petersen 07/29/06
This was beautiful; sad, but beautifully written!

The statement, '"I want you to remember this, It isn’t punishment. There’s a reason in all things, even this.”' exhibits the wisdom of one who has confronted deep sorrow and learned to trust the Lord in all and through all. Thanks for sharing that thought! The reaction of Kelsey's friend? relative? was well-written.

I thought your ending paragraph was excellent!
rehcelle cook07/31/06
MAGIC!!