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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: Fifteen On One
By Ken Ebright


Miss Pera sat down at the piano. "Okay, men, tomorrow at the eight o'clock service we're going to sing the song 'Jesus Oh What An Amazing Savior.' I would like to practice the tenor part first. I'll play the intro, then you'll start when I nod my head."

The men's eyes followed across the music as they sang, Jesus, Oh What An Amazing Savior."

Miss Pera raised her hands and motioned the men to stop. "Let's take measure 15 on page one again, please."

Miss Pera played as the guys sang. "What an Amazing--"

She stopped again and looked up. "Charles, you can't sing low A; on 15 you need to sing a high A."

"Miss Pera, I just can't do it."

Miss Pera rolled her eyes. "Oh, come on Charles, if Bill and Bob can, then you can."

Charles shook his head. "It's an octave higher. I can't do it."

"Charles, the Lord gave you a beautiful voice. Let's pray and ask him for help."

"Miss Pera, it won't help. "

She folded her hands and bowed her head. "Lord, you gave Charles a great singing voice; please help him sing a high A. Show him that you're Lord and that he can trust you. In Jesus' name, Amen."

Miss Pera started playing again as the men sang, "Jesus, Oh What An Amazing Savior. He was born on to save our sin..."

After page three, she stopped. "Charles, I knew you could do it!"

Charles' hands trembled as he lowered the music sheet. "But what if I couldn't do it tomorrow?"

"Charles, what did I say? Pray and trust the Lord."

Charles was driving to church and tried the song. "Jesus, Oh What An Amazing Savior."

He pulled the car over on the side of the road. "Lord, I just tried the song again, I canít do it. Miss Pera is going to be so disappointed; please help me."

Charles ran upstairs to the choir loft. Miss Pera was chatting with some of the other men. "Miss Pera, I just tried to sing the song. I can't do it."

Miss Pera turned toward Charles. "Did you pray?"


She patted Charles on the back. "Then don't worry."

After the Old Testament reading, Miss Pera started to play the song and nodded her head. The men sang. "Jesus, Oh What An Amazing Savior. He was born to save our sins..."

After the service Charles sprinted up to Miss Pera. "Miss Pera, I did it, I did it! I trusted the Lord and he came through for me."

Miss Pera hugged Charles. "Charles, the Lord can meet your needs. All you need to do is trust him."

"Yeah, you're so right Miss Pera."

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Janice Wappel01/17/13
Nicely written with interesting storyline,a good reminder for us to pray before and during events. The only part I might change would be the word "men" to "young men" or even boys? The story seemed suited for younger people than men, at least to me. Just a thought.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/13
You did a nice job of showing how prayer and faith can make a huge difference. You nailed the topic, all while delivering an important message.
Camille (C D) Swanson 01/22/13
You've managed to incorporate a vitally important message while nailing the topic. Nicely done. God bless~