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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Potluck (Meal or Gathering) Deadline 7-26-12 @ 10 AM NY Time (07/19/12)

TITLE: Potluck Exodus Style
By Janice Wappel
07/20/12


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POTLUCK- EXODUS STYLE


The Israelites were hungry and wanted to have a pot-luck
After all…………
They had been wandering in the desert for oh so long
They wanted fresh fish from the sea ( was that too much to ask?)
Melons, leeks and cucumbers sounded so good
They wanted all the onions and garlic a body could eat
They started to grumble in the hearing of The Lord
They didn’t like the food their God was providing for them
They were tired of their misfortunes
And the food God called manna
The manna made from coriander seeds
To spice- up their desert food
Their God was taking care of them
The manna fell from heaven….
And tasted like a little honey a wafer cake
But the people were tired of this excellent food from God
So, the Israelites wailed and cried
They grumbled about God’s chosen food for them
They said they were becoming weak from the very lack of meat
Then one day…. God had enough
“Here is I what I will do” He said
I am going to give you all meat you can eat
I’ll give you a pot-luck to remember
Sorry, you don’t like my kind of food
So, God sent a mighty wind and
Brought many quail to their camp
But,
While the meat was yet in their mouth
Between their teeth
Before they could swallow it whole
God’s anger came to a boiling point
And He struck them down with a very great plague
Now, here is the question of the day….
WHY did God do this thing?
Because they didn’t like God’s pot-luck in the sand
Because they were not thankful and complained out loud to Him
So, here is a little advice, something I highly recommend
The next time you are tempted to complain about the church potluck
Take a deep breath….. Say a little prayer
THANK YOU Lord for this food, I promise never to complain again
I am so happy to attend…… I even love the quail meat….
The cakes are tasty too
Thank You God for………
THIS POTLUCK FROM HIS HAND!


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Camille (C D) Swanson 07/26/12
An ingenious way to bring the topic forward...I enjoyed the entire piece,. Thanks. God Bless~
Mildred Sheldon07/27/12
AMEN! I loved your article. it was on point and told it like it was and is to this day. Thank and God bless.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/12
This was an entertaining and thought provoking tale. As it says in the Good Book in all things be thankful. How easy it is to forget that tiny three letter word--all. Your story showed that what we want isn't always what is best for us.

The one suggestion I might have is to not use the word so like in the cucumbers sounded so good. Can you think of a different word that might pack more of a punch like perhaps tempting, tasty, or even decadent would be an excellent tongue in cheek word that would be a perfect fit for the self-indulgent way the people acted and then a twist because it can also mean decaying or immoral. I did like the phrase in oh-so-long but you need hyphens to string the words together and create the right tempo.

Overall, I think you did a grand job with this amusing yet thoughtful entry. You covered the topic in a fresh way. Much like the manna if kept overnight can turn bad so can a story told the same way over and over but you provided a unique POV twist on the topic and provided the familiar Bible story a different way of looking at it. Nicely done.
Brenda Rice 08/02/12
Congrats! I know now how difficult it's going to be to place in this level. Thanks.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/02/12
Congratulations for your ribbon and for ranking 19th overall! You can find the top rankings for each level and the top 20 overall on the message boards some time on Thursday evening or Friday morning. Here's the url if interested in seeing the list.
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=35657