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

TITLE: Dawn Breaks the Darkness
By Donna Haug
11/13/05


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Never?! Never again? Oh, my God, never again to see the light of day? This darkness is closing in on me! Lord, have mercy! It was only for a few minutes. I just had that one little bit of welding to do. It didn’t take long. I knew those dark goggles were extremely important. But I had to find out if my idea would work, and the goggles were broken. How could I have been so stupid?

This burning in my eyes is terrifying. I can’t open my eyelids anymore! Oh God! Help me! I can’t even move my eyes at all! I wish my wife would wake up. I’m scared. I don’t want to be alone. Lord, what if I can never see her smile again? My kids?!

Eesh! I’ve got my alarm set for 4:30 a.m. to go to work. I can’t go like this! What if it is “never”? How will I support my family? What good is a blind construction worker? Oh, Lord, it can’t be! Have mercy!

God, if I’ve ever needed you before, I need you now. Please, touch my eyes and give me peace. Please, Lord… Please …

Darkness …

Silence …

Merciful sleep …

Beep! Beep! Beep!

What? It’s morning?

Yes! I can see! I can see! Praise God! Just look at that sunbeam! How gorgeous!

“Honey! Honey, wake up. Have I ever told you how beautiful you are? Let me look at you! Thank you, God!”


Psalm 139:11,12 (MSG) “Then I said to myself, ‘Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I'm immersed in the light!’ It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you.”

Psalm 71:8 (MSG) “Just as each day brims with your beauty, my mouth brims with praise.”


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Jeffrey Snell11/15/05
Good job capturing the intense panic at realizing how blessed we are, and what it would be like if that were gone.
Linda Watson Owen11/16/05
I think we've all had this type of experience in one form or another. You've really captured it well! I was with you all the way!
Anita Neuman11/17/05
Great job on instilling the same panic in the reader. And such relief and blessing to wake up and be able to see! Wonderful work!
Marilyn Schnepp 11/18/05
I picked this article to read due to the beautiful title,"Dawn Breaks The Darkness"..but it wife and alarm clock; wanted to see the sunrise in spectacular words...but it was moving and emotional. Very Good.
Garnet Miller 11/18/05
Isn't it funny how we do stupid things sometimes! But God in His infinite kindness, protects up even when we use less than good judgment!
Val Clark11/20/05
How little we value some things until it looks like we willl lose them! thanks for the reminder that: 'At night I'm immersed in the light! Yeggy