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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: The Question
By Carla Procida


I have often heard the question asked, ďBesides Jesus, who would be the first person youíd look for upon entering the pearl studded gates?Ē I would answer that by saying right off, it would not be a family member since whomever I ran to first, it might cause the others to feel slighted. But come to think of it, is that even possible in Heaven?
Moving past family, quickly I might add, there comes the friend decision. No, I canít do it for the same reason as my family, although most of them are already family!

Maybe Iíll run into the embrace of an Old Testament prophet. Minor, major, it makes no difference. And where they will all be hanging out , there I will find my dear husband. Finally heíll be with those who really understand him! That way I can kill two birds with one stone. Oh I forgot, stoning is banned up there, how silly of me!

You know a patriarch might be exciting to run into first. But when I think of Moses, all I imagine is a long line of Red Sea groupies waiting for their reunion with him. Although I donít think there will be any complaining from them no matter how long the wait! Even if some at the end of the line may miss the Marriage feast appetizer, though Iím sure Jesus will wait, Heís not rude like we are sometimes! Abraham may be even a longer wait considering his relatives are as the grains of sand and the stars to boot. Why some of them may miss desert! Oops I forgot again, Jesus is a lot more patient then we are!

It might be interesting to look first for old Methuselah. Talk about a Social Security nightmare! I would of loved to see him as a guest on Dr. Oz and get his tips for longevity and all. Oh again I forget, eternity is already included in the package, I read about it in the brochure.

Well I still havenít answered the question. I canít seem to make up my mind. Oh, how about one of the twelve, I mean eleven apostles? I suppose one of Jesusís closest followers during His earthly ministry would be a good choice. But again like my family and friends mentioned earlier, they too might be competitive that way. Oh, silly me, I just remembered Jesus made that clear to them already. Settled that problem!

Speaking of making it clear, I now have my answer to ďThe QuestionĒ. Iíve decided once I hug Jesus forever, I choose to run into the arms of the youngest child that was ever carried over Heavenís golden threshold. Maybe by Hannah or Sarah or perhaps Elizabeth had he or she in their motherly arms. Or perhaps a saint who was childless in life had the great honor.

I canít wait to tell that child how much he or she is worth. And even though some foolish, misguided women saw no value in them or just made a horrible mistake, my own arms ached for years, desiring to hold them instead of the almost unbearable weight of an unfulfilled dream. I would also tell them about the room I had planned for someone just like them, pinks or blues waiting to cover colorless walls. And the toys I imagined wrapped and waiting for them to tear the Christmas wrapping off of and the clothes to hang in the empty closet. I would share with them of their tears I never got to dry and their joys I never got to share.

But as I am writing this I again have had a lapse in memory. You see I forgot that Jesus already wiped away their tears and they found a love in Him that is forever theirs. A love that shouts out across the Universe, though a mother may have forgotten them , He never will. And for me there will be a day when Iíll no longer feel this ache of barrenness and Heíll answer my questions. Maybe. But for now His grace is sufficient and His mercies are new each and everyday!

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C D Swanson 05/31/12
I loved how you summed up this powerful entry. With your touching testimony and heart loving comment. Great job. Thanks! God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/05/12
I like the spin on this oft asked question. I felt like I was in your mind as it raced from topic to topic. It was sweet and innocent, almost child-like and since we must have the faith of a child it was quite appropriate and clever.

I did stop a bit at the foolish misguided women part. Though I would never choose abortion for myself I also wouldn't judge someone harshly for their mistakes. I will never know what kind of a horrible place a person must be in to make such a drastic decision.

I did enjoy your vision of what heaven would be like. I giggled about worrying about hurting someone's feelings. It's a great way to show how hard it is to visualize a place without hurt, jealousy or pain. You captured all of that in a clever way. Nicely done.
Mildred Sheldon06/07/12
I thoroughly enjoyed this more then I can say. It truly touched my heart. Thank you for sharing and God bless.
Norma-Anne Hough06/07/12
Entertaining read. I've often wondered that same question Who would I first talk too. Have loads of questions so will just have to abide my time here until I get there:)
Good read
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/08/12
Congratulations for ranking 6th in level two!