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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)

TITLE: Starting Over
By Ron Hale


Starting Over

With the reverberation of ten freight trains and the agitated power a monster tornado ripping and roaring through their university grounds, 1,800 students scurried into bathrooms, hallways, and under mattresses. With heads bowed in prayer and protection, hundreds of people had their eyes on God and their ears on the unforgettable sound of impending doom. In a matter of seconds the twisting finger of death left its cruel mark on Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

With tears streaming down his frightened face, Elijah gently shook Melanie. “Melanie, Honey, are you O.K.?” He felt the bump on her forehead and saw the blood streaming. “Oh Dear God please help my wife – Dear Jesus help her!”

Elijah and Melanie had only lived in married student housing two weeks into the spring semester when the EF-4 tornado hit their campus. In fact, they had only been married less than a month. Packing all their worldly goods into their small car, they said “good-bye” to family and friends in West Frankfort, Illinois and ramped up the speed of change in their young lives by marrying, moving, and enrolling in an out of state college.

Just then Melanie moved her hand and made a whimper. She slowly opened her eyes to the sight of darkness and hearing ghastly cries for help. Elijah held her tightly. His face bathed her cheeks with tears. He knew she was alive. Inwardly and strangely so, he sensed an overwhelming assurance that everything was going to be alright and God was going to see them through.

From the corner of their bedroom, Elijah could see open sky as dark menacing clouds chased the rampaging storm. Two broads protruded over them where the roof once stood firm. Those boards were in the shape of a cross. Beyond the cross, the young couple could see two stars in between the passing clouds. Elijah said to Melanie, “It’s almost like the eyes of God are watching over us right now, Melanie I’m so happy you are alive. I love you so very much.”

The next day the young newlyweds looked over their demolished apartment. Everything was gone or ruined, even their one and only car. Elijah pulled Melanie into his arms and said, “Honey, you’re alive, that’s all that matters to me. We will start over.”

Melanie looked up into the deep blue eyes of her tall young husband and said, “Well, we didn’t have much anyway, we had just gotten started, starting over will be easy for us.” Standing in the middle of what looked like a war zone, Elijah and Melanie started giggling. The young couple just realized how few belongings they processed, but they had the most important things: each other, faith for the future, and loving family and friends on their way to help.

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LauraLee Shaw02/14/08
What an incredibly moving story. Thank you for sharing it.
Two broads protruded over them where the roof once stood firm. Those boards were in the shape of a cross. Beyond the cross, the young couple could see two stars in between the passing clouds. Beautiful picture here.
Mary Hackett02/14/08
Way to bring a current event into the topic! A little closer proofreading would benefit this piece. Keep writing :):):)
c clemons02/15/08
A little fleshing out perhaps, but the sentiment is very good and on topic. Overall good job.
Tim Pickl02/19/08
Excellent story -- I can hear/see/feel the tension of the impending disaster...and the reaction during and after! God smiles as you write.