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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: birthday (05/23/05)

TITLE: Angel Celebrations: Birthday Division
By Jan Ackerson


Dorcas was the third assistant to the Vice President in charge of Angel Celebrations: Birthday Division. Her duties kept her happily busy; every time a new believer was born again, Dorcas selected the appropriate praise music and notified those members of the heavenly host whose names had moved to the top of the rotation. She would instantaneously transmit a Heavengram—Birthday celebration: Report immediately!—and the gala would begin.

Dorcas’s favorite part of every birthday celebration came at the end, when a grand “Alleluia!” would summon the King, who wrote the new believer’s name in shining gold script in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Dorcas had other duties, too. When not organizing birthday festivities, she checked often with the Department of Guardian Angels, to monitor potential birthday celebrants: those who were close to coming to faith. This is where she sat today, talking with Nathaniel, the fifth assistant to the Overseer of Guardian Angels: United States Division.

“I’ve got a great possibility in Michigan,” reported Nathaniel. “Sarah Jefferson of Lansing has been doing some real soul-searching. Her guardian angel, Shoshanna, tells me that Sarah’s asking herself all the right questions. Yesterday, she even dug out the Bible she got from her church when she graduated from 6th grade.”

“Great!” exclaimed Dorcas. “I’ll be planning Sarah’s birthday celebration soon, then!”

After a brief discussion of several other promising candidates, Dorcas hurried off. She’d been paged to organize a rare birthday celebration for a new Vietnamese believer. This one would be spectacular!

It wasn’t until several days later that Dorcas met up again with Nathaniel. “Whatever became of Sarah Jefferson?” she asked. “I thought we’d have had her celebration by now!”

“I know,” replied Nathaniel sorrowfully. “She was so close. Shoshanna was watching her intently—just praying for the right person to come into her life and introduce her to the King. She even consulted with the guardian angel of one of Sarah’s neighbors…” Nathaniel consulted his Heavenly Data Assistant—“a Nicole Travers. Nicole’s a believer, so Shoshanna and Lydia teamed up to nudge her toward Sarah.”

“What happened?”

“Nicole felt their encouragement, that’s for sure. But she resisted it, telling herself that Sarah would be offended if she got ‘too pushy.’ Nicole’s keeping herself very busy with church projects now—she doesn’t have any time left for befriending Sarah.”

“What a shame! What has become of Sarah, then?”

“For now, she’s still searching for answers. But Shoshanna reports that she has started to investigate Eastern religions, and that her Bible is now buried under a pile of self-help books.”

Dorcas and Nathaniel paused for a moment, thinking about what might have been: Sarah Jefferson’s name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and the King’s radiant smile as He wrote it there. “I hope it’s not too late for Sarah,” Dorcas said wistfully. “I would have loved to plan her birthday party.”

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Debra Bowers06/01/05
"Brilliant!" The most original piece I've ever read. People will surely identify with Sarah and Nicole. "Very refreshing"
dub W06/03/05
Very creative and well done, I expect to see you on the EXPERT level next time, skip over Advanced.
Shari Armstrong 06/03/05
Very enjoyable to read but also a friendly wake up call for those of us who need to share our faith more (ie all of us :)
Pat Guy 06/03/05
Wow - this has got to be a contender! Enjoyed every sentence! Good job!
Amy Michelle Wiley 06/04/05
I enjoyed this story. Well written and point well made!
Amy Verlennich06/06/05
This is SO awesome! I love it... what an awesome reminder too, as christians , what happens when we let unbelievers "fall" because we're worried what they might think of us... Thank you!
Sally Hanan06/08/05
I guess you had too much competition this week, but it is a winner for sure anyway! Great flow, writing and originality.
Jacquelyn Horne11/01/07
This is certainly different, but an enjoyable read. Point well taken!