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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: Wildflowers
By CJ Raney
01/14/09


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Jessica skipped down the stone pathway in her grandparent’s backyard. She bent down to pick wildflowers that were planted beside a large stone along the wooden fence.

“Those are beautiful flowers you have picked.”

Jessica surprised to hear someone, looked over her shoulder.

“Thank you. I love the bright colors.” Jessica answered.

“Do you know what the red flower stands for?”

“No, what?” Jessica asked.

“Red stands for valor, bravery and freedom. The greatest bravery ever exhibited was when Jesus shed his precious blood for us, giving freedom for all who accept Him.”

“Look at the white ones. Do they have a meaning?” Jessica curiously asked.

“Yes, they do. White signifies purity. We must always remain pure in our daily lives so we can be a shining light for all to see Christ in us.”

“What about this pretty blue one?”

“Well, blue represents perseverance and vigilance. We should persevere in our walk with Christ and be very vigilant in doing God’s will.”

Jessica looked up to where the voice was coming from. At the top of the pole was a large flag waving in the warm, summer breeze.

“You have the same colors.” She said with wide eyes full of amazement.

“Yes, that’s why I know so much about their meaning. I stand for freedom and have the great job of representing my country with purity. Some of my most rewarding times have been when I’m used to bandage a wounded soldier, or flown half-mast to honor a fallen hero. An even prouder moment is when I’m placed in the unsteady arms of a grieving parent or spouse. Yet, I remain humble, standing vigilant, knowing that my prominence comes from God, and only His blessings make my country great.”

“Do you have a name?” Jessica asked.

“My name is Old Glory, I’m the flag of the U.S.A.”

“Jessica, lunch is ready.” Grandma called from the back porch.

Jessica smiled up at Old Glory and waved goodbye as she ran back up the pathway with the wildflowers in her tiny hands.

“Grandma, look at my red, white, and blue flowers I found. Do you want me to tell you about their special meanings?”

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“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord;…” Psalm 33:12 (KJV)


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Joy Faire Stewart01/15/09
Wow, what a comparison! The 6th paragraph from the bottom brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful message and great story.
Jan Ackerson 01/15/09
Cute children's story--I can just see the illustrations.
Valarie Sullivan01/17/09
My Dad taught me the meaning of the flags colors. He had a special place in his heart for the U.S. flag.
Well done.
cindy yarger01/18/09
I loved the dialog of the flag. Well done.
Charla Diehl 01/20/09
Right on topic, and using the flag for your MC was a great choice. I too, liked the paragraph where the flag spoke of proud times.