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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)

TITLE: Blessed Expectations
By Esther Phillips


On a warm Saturday afternoon, my friend and I were sitting in her car outside the apartment complex where we lived. Her upholstery was torn and we were working to repair it. A car pulled in next to us and one guy that we knew jumped out and went inside the building. The other guy waited in the car. He looked at us fairly frequently. When we looked back, he quickly looked away and appeared to be embarrassed that he was caught.

A couple days later when I arrived home from work, my roommate said, “I have a surprise for you. We are going to double date on Saturday.” I immediately got irritated and asked, “Since when do you make dates for me?” She said, “Wait just a minute until you find out who it is.” She explained my date was the guy who was in the car next to us on Saturday. I said “OK, I’ll go.”

Saturday found my date and me having a wonderful time. Before he left, he asked if he could call again. That was the beginning of a wonderful courtship and eventually we married. My husband was serving in the U.S. Army so when he was discharged, we moved to his home town in Texas.

A few short months later, he was called back into the service during the Cuban Crisis. Wives couldn’t go along at first, because they didn’t have enough housing. We were both sad over that situation because we were expecting our first child. After a short time, my husband found a place and his brother helped me load up our things, and he drove me to Georgia to be with my husband.

The day finally came when our baby was born. When we were released from the hospital, we went to the trailer park where we lived. The lady in the office ran out to see the baby. She said “Oh, he is beautiful. You know babies don’t stay babies. They have to grow up. You wouldn’t be happy if they stayed this size.”

I responded, “Well, I hope he doesn’t grow up too quickly.” Nevertheless, it seemed that he was grown in no time. I don’t know where the time went, but we were loading his stuff in the car to take him to college. It was fast as a flash of lightning, I think.

At this point we were hoping and praying that our son would get a good education. Following that, we expected him to land a good job. Well, he was successful in getting a good education, and soon, he landed a good job, too. A couple years later, he brought his girl friend to our house, and asked us what we thought if they got married. We gave our blessing, and a few short months later, we learned we were going to be grandparents.

I think there is a reason when a lady is going to have a baby that we call it “expecting.” God comes along side us and prepares us for the blessing of a new baby coming into the world. He sent people to Mary to prepare her for her new blessing. The story is recorded in Luke 1:30-32 (NIV), “But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/01/11
Your title is a perfect fit. There's nothing more blessed than a baby.

Remember to start a new paragraph each time someone else starts speaking, even if it's only a word or two.

This is a beautifully written piece with a great message.
C D Swanson 09/03/11
Awww, so apropos, expectations and the arrival of a new baby. Loved it. God Bless you~