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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

TITLE: Eyesight
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08/07/06


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“Seeing is believing,” Cindy retorted to her Christian friend, not wanting to have another argument about religion. She had no religion, and that was fine by her.

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. Besides,” Lila commented after quoting John 20:29, “you can’t see the wind, and yet you believe in it. What’s up with that?”

“You’re right. I can’t see the wind, but I can see the leaves rustling in the trees, I see papers swept away by the breeze. That’s how I know there’s wind.”

“And I can see miracles, and I can see the Holy Spirit moving through people. That’s how I know there’s God.”

“That’s not the same,” Cindy scoffed. “That’s spiritual stuff. Everyone sees leaves moved by wind, not everyone has seen a miracle.”

“Oh, yes they have,” Lila corrected, “they just don’t realize that it’s a miracle. Did you think scientists way back when knew what wind was until they researched it? There are miracles happening all around you, and you don’t even recognize them for what they are. Why do you think you’re still alive after that car crash?”

The question resounded against the walls of the hospital. Within the room, a blind teen sat with a scowl on her face, cotton patches on her eyes, and an empty feeling in her heart. She knew her friend was right, but she didn’t want her pride to get hurt, so she remained silent.



“I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121: 1-2)


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Jan Ackerson 08/11/06
I really, really wanted to know more about the accident, and about this prideful teen, and the relationship between the two friends. The frist several paragraphs are familiar territory--but the girls' story would be compelling! Consider sharing it with us some time.
Steve Uppendahl08/12/06
I think Jan is right. You have a great concept here that could really have an impact.

An angry blind young woman. Especially if told in first person, I think you could write a very powerful and important piece. Think of describing her emotion, adjusting to her new life, her newly heightened senses. Does she blame someone? God? Herself? There is lots of good stuff here to write about.

Go for it.
Kaylee Blake 08/12/06
What you've got here is great, but like the others said, more would make it even better. But I really liked the dialog between the two friends. Good job!
Rhonda Clark 08/17/06
I think the article is great, and makes a great point.