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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: "Your son is dead"
By Wendell Owens
03/02/08


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It was a cold crisp February morning in 1989 when the call came."Mr. Owens?" yes I said, "Your 8yr old son Jonathan was killed in a car accident and try as we may, we couldn't get his heart started again, I am sorry sir, but your son is dead."

I will never forget the rush of adrenaline, the shock and terror that gripped my heart that day, I was completely paralyized, and the sorrow was more than any human should be asked to bear.
My son Jonathan was the apple of my eye as were all my sons but Jonathan loved being with his dad. We were kindred spirits and I loved how he wanted to be near me.
My ex-wife and I made all the usual arrangements and final preparations for the funeral and layed our son to rest.

It was during this time that God was closer to me than ever before. I saw many miracles from the passing of my son but the most miraculous of all would have to be the one that happened at my sister's house.
She held the wake after the burial for me and my side of he family. My oldest brother Jimmy and my youngest brother Norman had been at odds and not on speaking terms for almost ten years. We gathered in the living room and tears of sorrow and grief flowed from my eyes. My brothers saw this and came to comfort me. They were both at my side at the same time when my youngest brother looked at my oldest and walked around my chair, stuck out his arms in love and was recieved by the other with compassion. As they embraced I knew that all the conflict that had caused them to be separate was eternally gone and for the first time in 10 years, we were all brothers again like when we were kids.
Praise the everliving God for His mercy and forgiveness.
I could go on and tell you a hundred different miracles that happened that month but seeing God make things right for my brothers made my sorrow and grief lift from me.
If there was ever a silver linning to a seemingly dark cloud, that was it.


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Esther Phillips03/07/08
I have lost people in my life, too, but never a child. I have watched others who have lost a child and I know it is a heart-wrenching experience. You did a good job of explaining what was going on with you. One misspell was linning instead of lining. You might have created an ending that would have described the silver lining behind the cloud other than using the actual words. I am glad I read your article. Keep writing.
c clemons03/08/08
I am glad that your heart was comforted at such a heart wrenching time. God is good and His mercy endures forever. Keep writing.
Joanne Sher 03/08/08
I can't imagine going through what you went through, and it is a testimony to your faith, and to God's faith, that you can see it how you do. This tore at my heart.

A bit of work on spelling and punctuation would polish this piece up.

Keep writing - you have a wonderful message to share.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/08/08
Although the title wasn't exactly a lure, I stopped by to read what I knew would be a heartbreaking story. But it wasn't the black cloud that made me weep - it was the part about reconciliation between brothers - the "Silver Lining" aspect -that brought me to tears. A brief, but wonderful story that just a little editing would improve. I loved it...great story & a terrific message in this sad story. God Bless.