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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Blessed (10/11/12)

TITLE: All alone
By Millicent Njue


I see him every day on my way from work. He sits inside a little shack built off some land as the night creeps in. His job begins when the rest of us are retiring to bed. The little shack thatís his office has no door. It must be cold at night and he does not usually have much warm clothing. Sitting there all alone in that lone shack must be dangerous too. Yet he is answers my greeting with the most cheerful voice I know.

He makes my evenings and often times I find myself passing by the shack just to hear his voice. It doesnít matter that I would not recognize his face if I met him in daylight since he is almost always sitting there in the darkness alone. I am not even sure of his build. All I look forward to each day I pass by is to hear the wonderful cheer in his voice as he answers my greeting.

He blesses my heart, this stranger in the dark. I find myself taking that route home just to witness the blessing of his voice. He is ever so jolly, full of life and enthusiastic too. He is one who is blessed with good cheer despite his circumstances. And in his quiet little corner he spreads it to those who care to exchange greetings with him.

He makes me think how much we take stuff for granted. Like those among us blessed with good health yet who take it for granted. Then there are those that have most of what they require yet do not think of the less fortunate. Even those among us who wake up to go to beautiful offices, with all the basic requirements and still go on endlessly about the stress on the job. We forget that we are to be of good cheer in whatever little corner God has placed us in our lives.

I count him blessed. Even though he does not have much to his name and has to brave harsh circumstances at his job he spreads a blessing to anyone who is willing to hear the cheer in his voice. For in his own little corner he has chosen to be a blessing in his own quiet way. Anyone who spreads the good cheer despite the storms raging is indeed blessed in the Lord.

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lynn gipson 10/18/12
Oh My, I don't think you realize how much you have just blessed me and made me realize my troubles are few. This is wonderful and you told it with words that touch the heart. Great Job!
Brenda Rice 10/19/12
This is a very touching story. You did a good job of describing how ungrateful humans can be. Thanks for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/20/12
This is a lovely testament of someone who has made an incredible impact on your life with very little effort at all. It reminds me of a sermon I heard once. The minister asked the congregation how would they feel if God told them their purpose in life was to smile at the cashier. I could hear people grumble and shake their heads. But even though that may seem like an inconsequential purpose it has potential way beyond our understanding. Your story is a lot like that smile. Good job.
C D Swanson 10/24/12
Gripping, powerfully written, and memorable.

Thank you. God bless~
lynn gipson 10/25/12
I thought this was excellent, the best of the lot actually....so glad to know you wrote it!

God Bless, Lynn