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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Escape (01/02/06)

TITLE: No Need to Run
By Rebecca Livermore
01/02/06


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I glanced furtively around, looking for an easy way out. There must be a way to slip out unnoticed. I might even be able to find an accomplice. Surely I wasn’t the only one about to panic from the wild and dangerous place I found myself.

I looked across the room and saw Phyllis. With unkempt hair and a wild-eyed expression, she appeared to be just as desperate to escape as me.

I approached her, and pulled her aside. “Hey, Phyllis,” I whispered. “Whaddya say about slipping out of here without telling anyone? I’ve had about as much as I can take!”

Her eyes got big, she gulped, and then sputtered, “But, they’re just about to start the puppet show! It’s always the best part of children’s ministry, and besides, right after that there is snack time and then the parents will be here to pick everyone up. Don’t worry,” she continued, “The first Sunday after Christmas is always like this. By next week everyone will settle down and things will go much more smoothly.”

As the puppet show began, I sat down, embarrassed by my display of weakness. I looked through the room at what now appeared to be angelic faces and reflected on my tendency to run from the place in life God has me. Surely He is with me, wherever I go – even when I’m surrounded by rambunctious children. When I feel overwhelmed, I just need to remind myself that there is no need to escape when the God who will never leave me or forsake me is by my side.


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Alexandra Wilkin01/09/06
This had a really strong start - and then it was over! I would really liked to have known why you were so keen to 'escape' from this situation, what was causing the doubts - or perhaps self-doubt. Keep writing, God bless.
Brandi Roberts01/11/06
This was too short and didn't give me enough information to understand the situation. You have a real knack for writing, I would just like to see a piece like this developed further.
David Story01/13/06
My wife is the head of our Children's Ministry, so I can relate to the need to 'escape' from time to time on Sunday mornings (for me it's usually to the church kitchen for a cup of coffee...shhh, don't tell anyone).
Isn't if great that our Lord will never leave us or forsake us? Keep planting the seeds.
Good piece.
Lucile McKenzie01/13/06
I liked this piece very much. It flows smoothly and you seemed to have a definite destination in mind. However, like the other commentators, I think it needs to be fleshed out. This is a good start for a strong story. It deserves further development. Go for it! Lucile