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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Appointment (02/09/12)

TITLE: The Rendezvous
By Mildred Sheldon
02/15/12


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I was rushing around trying to get everything done, but it seemed as if I was going nowhere fast. I put out one fire and another popped up somewhere else. I was totally and completely frazzled. The guests were starting to arrive, and I still had so many things to do before the meeting could begin. I was almost in tears when this man came to my rescue.

He was soft spoken, gentle, kind and understanding. He put his hand on my shoulder and when I looked into his eyes I saw a peace which seemed to surround me, and I knew all would be well. Everything seemed to fall into place after that, and before I knew it everything was done without further ado.

The hostess stepped to the microphone, and called the meeting to order. Everybody found their seats and the guest of honor was introduced to all those in attendance simply as Brother John.

I sat there gaping at the guest of honor. He was none other then my rescuer. When he spoke everyone grew silent. We sat mesmerized and the message he delivered was so empowering, and filled with such hope. He spoke with authority and the message was one I had heard before, but this time it was different.

He opened his Bible to the Book of Romans. He read all of Chapter 8 and when he read : ‘No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us for the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ I was in tears.

I now understood what it meant to truly believe. I felt the weight of the world being lifted off my shoulders, and I knew what it felt like to mount up with the wings of eagles.

As the meeting drew to a close he chose Ephesians 1:5. “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.”

John lifted his eyes and swept the room with eyes filled with love, and quietly said that he had a very important appointment that was made for him before he was born. One that had been ordained by none other then God the Father. I knew in my heart that the appointment he was talking about those in attendance would be there as well as myself.

John bowed his head, and we did as well. He gave the blessing from Philippians 4:7 and the meeting came to a close. John stepped away from the microphone, and you could have heard a pin drop in that place. Not one person moved, because all were praying and praising God for sending this quiet, gentle man into our lives at this time. A time when the world is in such turmoil and full of corruption, and great evil.

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CD Swanson 02/16/12
This was so interesting. Nicely done - well written. I enjoyed it. Thank you.
God Bless you~
Rosamund Bunney02/18/12
A beautifully-drawn picture. You have used a couple of cliches - "weight of the world lifted from my shoulders" and "you could have heard a pin drop". Sometimes it's good to use cliches in a first draft because they help you set down your mental picture in words that are clear to you. However, when you redraft, it's a good idea to go through and replace them with a more original phrase of your own. Nonetheless, in this piece, you still managed to create a clear overall impression of the scenario. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/19/12
This is a powerful and touching piece.
Darlene Casino 02/22/12
This was a good entry. I have to admit, for awhile I expected that this man of peace was actually the Lord Himself. Thank you for sharing...