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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

By Jean Beier


Katy gathers her mother’s papers from her safety fireproof box. There is a lifetime of legal transactions stored in the container, including her mother’s birth certificate, social security card, various other legal documents, and Last Will and Testament. Katy realizes that the box holds the beginning and end of a life, all fitting into a box 8” by 12”.

It is the Will that Katy has sought. She feels the tears form in her eyes as her hands grasps the neatly folded packet of papers containing the last wishes of Lucille Smith. The instructions are clear, legal, and binding.

Laying down the Will, Katy lifts out a smaller white cardboard texture envelope. The years have not yellowed it or faded the words that are contained within it. Katy opens the envelope to find it to hold her mother’s certificate of marriage. It is legal yet written in fancy script. There are bell flowers imprinted in the center of the page. The blanks of the lines are filled in by the Minister who performed the ceremony.

At the bottom of the certificate, Katy reads these words, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder”. Katy runs those last words through her mind. They touch her heart bringing fresh tears to her eyes. She thinks on the beauty of the words, the instructiveness of the words, and the power they represent. They are certified words by the Minister. They are true and given.

Next, Katy grasps a larger white envelope from the box. The front of the envelope reads, “Legal Documents”, belonging to Lucille Smith.

Katy draws out the packet of papers. She reads the heading words, “IN THE MATTER OF THE DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE OF Lucille and Gregory Smith”. Katy doesn’t bother reading the rest of the pages. It is all history now, and of no account. Sadly Katy consumes the powerful affect of the words contained in the document.

Katy begins to mourn her mother’s life more than her death. But then as God would have it, her eyes land on a beautiful pink envelope. It is Lucille’s beautiful hand writing that appears on the envelope. It says, “To my daughter, Katy, to be read upon my death”. With trembling fingers, Katy opens the envelope and pulls out a pinkish sheet of stationery. On it Lucille has written:

My darling Katy,

You are reading this, so that means that I have went home to be with the Lord. I could not leave this earth without saying once again how much I love you. You have been the best daughter and my greatest blessing. I don’t want you to cry for me. Instead I want you to celebrate my life.

I realize when you take care of closing up my time here on earth, and you witness through written words in documents, some of the low points of my life, that you will shed some tears. I ask that you make the tears short lived.

If you look far enough into my safety box, you will find a very important document. It is my baptism certificate. It represents what my life and death has really been about. It was late in my life that I accepted Jesus as my Savior, but soon enough for me to become very close to Him, and to serve Him here on earth. When I was baptized, it was to show those who witnessed the baptism that I had died with Jesus to the world, and rose to forever walk with Him. The certificate is just a piece of paper that confirms the baptism. It contains powerful words, only because I chose to never turn back. It sometimes was a rocky road, but I stayed the course that God placed my feet upon.

Katy, it is my last true wish, that you accept Jesus into your life. As soon as you do that, get out my old Bible. It is worn, but the words are inspired words written by God. They are the most powerful written words you will ever read, and they never change. God never changes. Jesus will always be with you.

I love you Katy. I expect to be seeing you in Heaven.


Katy holds the letter over her heart, while she prays for Jesus to come into her heart. She thanks Him for making her mother’s written words full of power. She remembers where her mother kept her Bible, and hurries off to read it.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/15/10
Wow this is so powerful and beautiful. I enjoyed every word. Your message came through loud and clear without preaching. Fantastic.
Mildred Sheldon04/16/10
WOW! I loved this from beginning to end. It truly showed the pen is mightier than the sword. This story was so beatuiful. Thank you.