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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Exhale (08/15/13)

TITLE: Sunshine and Thunder
By darlene thompson
08/20/13


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It was a quiet day on Chesapeake Beach. The warm air off the water drew the smell of the bay through my open window. I was busy with house chores and hadn't noticed the weather had changed. Dark clouds moved in and the daylight faded from the rooms in the house. The wind kicked up and I closed my window. The bay storm moved in quickly.

I turned the lights on settled down with a book. Thunder claps jolted the house and flashes of lightning split the sky. Several pages into my book, a lightning bolt struck the house. I looked up just in time to see the bolt zigzag through the kitchen window, leap over the sink and slam into the stove and shoot out the other kitchen window.

Sparks dazzled throughout the kitchen. The bolt was followed by another bone-jarring thunder clap. I dropped my book and hit the floor. My heart raced. I gathered myself and fled into the kitchen to see the damage. Just as I started to look around, the lights went out. Fumbling around in the kitchen cabinet, I found a flashlight. As I turned on the flashlight, the lights came on. I checked the kitchen sink and stove. I couldn't believe the electric stove worked and the sink had no burns or scars. Miraculously, everything was fine.

As I looked out the window, the storm fled across the bay just as quickly as it had come. The Lord had truly protected me and the house. As I sat down, I realized I could exhale. What a relief!

The clouds turned to sunshine and a beautiful rainbow enveloped the beach. I thought of Genesis 9:16 when He promised His everlasting covenant between Himself and every living creature upon the earth. He mercy and faithfulness is forever.


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CD Swanson 08/22/13
Loved it. And, I love rainbows. I just saw three outstanding ones last week within a matter of hours.

Good job, I jumped out of my seat. God bless~
Brenda Rice 08/22/13
Short, but oh, so sweet. I enjoyed this. Your message of God's protection is a good one and your handled the topic well.

Thanks.
Jan Ackerson 08/23/13
A lovely word picture that appeals to several senses without resorting to purple prose.

I found this perhaps a bit light on topic; 'exhale' wasn't really essential to the story.

You're a talented writer--I'd love to see more from you, using more of your allotted words. When the writing is good, we want more!
Mike Newman 08/23/13
Great short. Thank you for sharing it.