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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: The Paperwork's In Order
By E.J. Swanson


“Honey, please find that document for me on that 1949 Ford Tractor.”

My husband’s voice calls to me from another room where he is relaxing; but his mind is contemplating “pressing matters”. Pressing matters for my husband can include some document that is probably found in an “obsolete” file, stained with age and of absolutely no value. The Ford Tractor has been gone for years.

However, there are times when some documents do have an urgency attached to them.

“Honey”, he wants to know, “ where is that warranty on the washing machine we just bought 6 months ago. We’re going to have to call the company.”

The search begins. It seems that I have spent years of my life searching for a “piece of paper”. How can filing be so tricky? I have piles of papers, copies, documents, receipts. I save everything. Yet the very piece of paper I am searching for always seems to be illusive.

Searching though papers can also be a rewarding experience. Each search usually reveals some other lost memento that can cause a quick stroll down memory lane. I have found newspaper articles from events that occurred when I was a child in school. I found the receipt for our wedding rings that were bought on time when we got married over 50 years ago. There was a payment book for the trailer we bought at the same time. Birth notices for my children really brought back a flood of memories.

Documents are important. Much history can be traced through the paperwork we keep in our files. Occasionally I clean out the files. That is a dangerous undertaking for I always throw out the “wrong thing”. As surely as I remove the records, a need will arise. My husband’s voice will ring out sooner or later asking, “Honey, whatever happened to that....?” Now I am not sure if this is the voice of urgency or contemplation.

All this paperwork and documents cause me to reflect. I am so glad that my heavenly Father has control of the Book of Life. My name’s written there and the Father will not delete His records. They will not be misfiled nor lost. I do not think they will be stained with age. They will not be obsolete. When I get Home the Heavenly Manuscript will be maintained in perfect condition. The Holy Spirit will have His Seal of Approval on me. (Ephesians 4:30) All the paperwork will be in order.

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PamFord Davis 05/06/10
I share in the frustration of lost papers and share in rejoicing that we are recorded in the Book of Life!

Mildred Sheldon05/06/10
Thank heaven for people who are organizers. I use to throw all papers in a folder that I kept in my closet. That was a trip into futility. I'm so thankful that God is organized. His records are impeccable. Thank you for an interesting take on this weeks challange.
AnneRene' Capp05/07/10
I so related to this and you gave me some great chuckles. You did a good job of describing what most of us probably go through with that burdensome chore of filing.
Jan Ackerson 05/07/10
I loved the beginning of this--I really felt as if I were getting to know you and your husband.

I'm not sure that 'document' is close enough in meaning to 'manuscript' to be entirely on topic.

Nevertheless, your writing was pleasant to read, and I enjoyed this entry.
Joanne Sher 05/07/10
Really like how you end this piece - great reminder.

I'm also unsure how on topic this might be, but I definitely enjoyed it.