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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Ohhh…. (02/04/10)

TITLE: God is Truly Great
By Yvonne Hood


I have lived a long time, long enough to know for certain that God is great. In my simpler days I learned that God is great just by getting up in the morning and feeling the dew on my bare feet as I padded out to the outhouse. I saw it as the sun grew warmer and finally, it was just a small ball in the western sky. The day was done
making room for twilight hours when the neighborhood kids played games like “Hide and Seek” or “Steal sticks” until it got too dark. Then we’d go indoors, listened to a Bible Story, and wound up the “Victrola” so we could listen to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony one more time. After we prayed our nighttime prayers, we’d go to sleep knowing the big ball would be up in the sky again tomorrow. I knew God was great.

Electricity was nearly unknown in our little midwestern town. So was running water. Although when we went to Grandma’s house in the city I got scolded for pulling the chain way up high above the toilet too many times or when I pushed the button making the whole room light up. I knew then a little about electricity and running water. It was fun to go to the town pump for a pail of water. There, I met my friends. We set our pails down and played a game or two of tag, making our Moms scold us for taking too long.

I didn’t care too much for Saturday night baths though. Mom heated the water on top of the wood stove and poured it into one of the wash tubs. We kids bathed, the cleanest one first and so on, down the line. I was always glad there were only three of us and I was always second.

Oh, stove and poured it into the washing machine. When it was time, the clothes were put th I shouldn’t forget wash day. Again, Mom heated the water on the rough the wringer twice into two tubs of water. I often helped by making sure the clothes went through the wringer. One time my arm went into the wringer too. It took quite a few of the men in our neighborhood to get my arm out. Nothing was broken though.

Today is different, awfully different! I get frustrated with my computer, my cell phone or even the remotes for my tivo..And yes, I grow very frustrated with putting letters on everything, like dvd, dvr, tivo, or, well, you get the idea! Why can’t people say the words that go with those letters? My nine year old granddaughter makes the computer look as easy as a kitten playing with a ball. I find things are just too complicated today, If I want to listen to music, I can find thousands of songs stored in a tiny mp3, whatever that is!

God is still great, whether I am frustrated or not. He still makes the sun to shine all day and the moon to romance by at night; but He also makes the human mind which conjures up the thousands of modern day inventions, So, even though me and many other older folks remain frustrated, we know that God is a very great God who not only created the beauty around us, He cares for us too. Yes, God is a very great God!

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Mildred Sheldon02/11/10
I truly enjoyed your story about computers and all the other facinating gizmos of today. Times have changed but God is unchangeable of which I'm thankful. Thank you for the trip down memory lane. Keep writing and God bless.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/10
My grandma had a wringer washer. It was such fun. Your story takes me back to simpler days.
I am a little confused with paragraph 4. It seems like some words are missing.
The rest of the story is delightful.
Judy Wood02/11/10
God is great and He certainly gave men great minds to think of all these new contraptions. My Mom had a wringer washer when I was a kid. I enjoyed your look back at life and how it used to be and how it is now. God is great. Thanks for sharing.
Dana McReynolds02/15/10
Loved the glimpse of a time when life was a little less complicated.
Jan Ackerson 02/17/10
I know what you mean--sometimes I feel like I'll never catch up to technology.

I wonder if something went awry in your editing process in an early paragraph (3 or 4, I think)?

Great conclusion--and hang in there!