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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)

TITLE: Redemption
By Dana McReynolds


She finally made it. Taking a deep breath, Leslie gripped the steering wheel and willed her hands to stop shaking. It was a snowy February morning, but the cold wind was not to blame. For all of the anxiety welled up inside of her, there was an equal amount of giddiness. Leslie had attempted this act before. Sometimes it progressed farther than others. At times it was just a mere thought before she turned off the alarm and settled back into bed. Today was different.

Leslie was under the veil of her hood and scarf as she reached the door. Warmly welcomed, her identity unknown, she trembled at the thought of showing her face. Surely they would reject her. She remembered a similar woman, some 2,000 years ago. A fallen woman, caught, most likely expecting a death sentence. Leslie knew she would not be stoned, literally. She was anticipating the sneers, the cold shoulders, and the rejection; the stones thrown at her heart. Perhaps she would even be asked to leave.

Leslie made her way inside and found a seat toward the back. Afraid to look around, she stared at the bulletin. She glanced over the usual class offerings and the expected social gatherings, knowing she would never fit in. Then something caught her eye, a group for recovery. Interesting, could there be more people like her? People who are hurting and looking for a way back to the Light? Leslie tucked the paper into her purse as the music started. Just maybe she would check into it if she made it through the morning.

It was time to leave. Leslie weaved her way through the crowd with more confidence than before. She was met with smile here, a handshake there, even a plea to come again. Was it possible that she escaped unscathed? Could it be that no one judged her? Relief washed over her as she remembered His words, “…Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin*.”

*John 8:11 NIV

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Judy Wood02/18/10
Sometimes people are so condemning.It's good to know Christ has forgiven us and we should also forgive others.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/18/10
It's wonderful to be forgiven. I was aching to learn more about your MC and her trials and struggles. This could be the start of a great devotion.
Mildred Sheldon02/19/10
Thank you for sharing this story. It is sad but a lot of people judge a book by its cover and never truly look within. I thank Christ for loving us so much that no matter the situation He forgives and forgets. To bad we can't do likewise. Keep writing.
Mark Bell02/20/10
providing hope is what we are supposed to be doing. nice view of "church' from the hopeless side. i hope it becomes more prevalent.
Connie Dixon02/20/10
This would be a great advertisement for a recovery group - so honest, so transparent. Glad your mc found a safe place. I enjoyed this a lot.
Author Unknown02/21/10
This was a great story. Like Shann, I think it could have been pulled out a little more to show us more of your MC. But overall, I think you really did a good job. I liked how it ended, too.
Amanda Brogan02/24/10
It warmed my heart to know that the church members in the story were genuine, loving followers of Christ. Just simple acceptance rather than judgement of those looking for a way to God may be all they need to encourage them to keep making their way towards the Way of Life. Good story.