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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)

TITLE: What's In a Name?
By c clemons
11/12/05


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What’s In a Name?


“Momma, why did you name me Esther?”

“Why do you ask?” Esther’s mother replied.

“Because I hate it, it’s so old fashioned, all my friends have cute or interesting names.”

“What if I told you your name was fit for a queen?”

“Yeah, right, a queen.” Esther said smirkingly.

“You see honey, when you were born I took one look at you and saw you were a child created for destiny. You were absolutely beautiful even as a baby. The doctors and the nurses would come into my room just to coo over you and they would comment “what a beautiful baby.” At first I thought as all mothers do that I had the world’s most beautiful child, but I soon found out other’s thought so too. I realized I was given a gift and God would be charging me with putting into you – ”

“Charging you?” Esther asked.

“Okay, holding me responsible for making the inside as beautiful as the outside. I had recently read the story of Esther in the Bible and she was lovely and beautiful and very strong to boot.”

“But Mom, I am ten, and I don’t see any kingdoms around here. I know we don’t have enough money for some things and you work too much, I would help if I could but you won’t let me get a paper route.”

“No paper route.”

“Well, I still don’t like my name. I mean, why not Brittany, Mariah, Hillary, Ashley or something fun like Dakota, these people are famous stars!”

“Yes dear they may be, but did you know your name means, “star”? I know that one day you will walk into your destiny and be all that the name and God has called you to be.”

“It does? My name means star? Wow, well that’s pretty cool. I guess I can live with it, I mean what choice do I have? Maybe one day when I am famous for something I will change it.”

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News Release……August 30, 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana……HURRICANE VICTIMS LED TO SAFETY BY LITTLE GIRL….In the 16th Ward when the flood waters came several people were trapped in an attic when little Esther James heard their cries for help. She ran for help but could not find anyone that would stop for her, so she took matters into her own hands. She spotted a boat that was drifting by and grabbed it. She then found a board and threw it into the boat and pushed it back to the house where six people were trapped. They then lowered their selves down by rags and sheets that they found in the attic. Esther paddled the boat with the help of those that she had rescued to safety. Esther is being hailed as a heroine. Later that day she was united with her mother. When asked what did think of her daughter’s heroics, Mary James said, “I am very proud of her and so very thankful I was chosen to be her mother.”


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Marilyn Schnepp 11/18/05
So beautiful! A wonderful and endearing story...I wept. When THAT happens, I know something has touched my soul. Thanks for sharing.