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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: Valley Miracle
By Lisa Cox


It was a simple ornament that had been carved upon the steeple that day in the valley. A plain lamb void of all fancy. It had been set there not to draw attention to itself mind you, but instead to bestow a great honor. The church was Chantey Baptist nestled safe in the hollow of the Massanutten Mountains and the man who carved it was Wil Thomas, better known as “Rabbit”.

I know that for a fact because I’m that man, and a stubborn one too I might add. I aint never been the church going type and I wasn’t about to be turned into one either. So they called me Rabbit cause I could hop away so fast I vowed never to be caught! I knew the people in the town talked. “There goes that heathen Rabbit Thomas. He aint never gonna be caught dead in our new church” they would say. How they ever talked me into helping build that thing I’ll never know!

It was blazing hot on the Valley Pike that day and the usual cool breeze was absent but the minister worked us like there weren’t no tomorrow. We hammered hard and long atop that roof and the others sang hymns to pass the time. Me…I tried to block out that blasted noise with my hammer, but I could still hear em’ plain as day, “A- n-d…. thank Him… for the La- m- b of God.”

That was when I noticed the stack of shingles right behind me, but by then it was too late. Almost like slow motion I saw myself trip and lose my footing…. and down I went like a rock off a mountain ridge straight into the valley below. After that everything went black!

When I finally came to I was for sure I was dead! The Sun shone so bright in my eyes that at first I didn’t see everyone standing around me. And instead of feeling the hard hot ground beneath me I felt as though I had landed on a cloud. It was then I realized what had happened. I had fallen, but I was alive…I was alive!!!!

I sat up and looked past the amazed faces of my friends. There I saw it! A flock of sheep had just passed by when I fell and the youngest little lamb…. well, he was my cloud. That little fella had broken my fall and it had cost him his life. I didn’t have the first broken bone, by my fall had crushed him to death.

In the valley at that moment, with that hymn still ringing in my ears, my heart was changed forever. I had met that Lamb of God and he saved me! So you see, I carved that little lamb myself; right there in the place I had fallen. I carved it on the steeple to honor the One who died for me. Saved by the lamb. How bout’ you?

“Worthy is the lamb who was slain!” Revelation 5

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Chrissi Dunn08/18/06
You really brought this character to life. I enjoyed his narrative of the story, and the dialect used.
Jan Ackerson 08/19/06
Lynda Schultz 08/19/06
Excellent. What a great story with a super twist.
A. E. Cuthbert08/21/06
Wow, being an animal lover it is sad, but at the same time helps me understand His sacrifice. Loved the character.
Lisa Vest08/24/06
Congrats on placing for the 3rd week in a row!!! Awesome writer you are! I do believe there is a seat waiting for you in Masters! You know this means you must go to advanced now (with only you 3rd entry!) Great job! You have a God-given talent for this!
william price08/24/06
Lisa, Lisa, Lisa, another outstanding story. I love great character development and reading a story that flows soooo well. Congrats on your first place. It is very well deserved. God Bless.
Joanne Sher 08/24/06
Lisa - what an amazing talent you have!! You just keep placing and placing and placing!! Wonderful story well-told, and a VERY well-deserved win!
Edy T Johnson 08/24/06
What a precious story! Your parable illustrates the Gospel better than many a sermon. Congratulations on your win---so well deserved!
Sharlyn Guthrie08/24/06
Your story is a vivid picture of salvation. Congratulations on your win!