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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Lock (03/06/06)

TITLE: Locked in covenant
By Tonya Pope


“What? What was that?” still groggy from his nap, Sam startled, jumped from the couch with a vague memory of his girlfriend playing pranks on him the last three nights. “I’ll break free again and finish my nap,” he thought. But this time something was wrong. He seemed weak. What is the problem?

Finally, it dawned on him. This time he had made a grave mistake. He gave in to Dee’s persistent nagging and answered the question that would cost him his life.

Suddenly the enemy seized him, poked out his eyes, and locked him in shackles and chains. The beauty he had once beheld as he looked upon Dee would be forever robbed from him. Perhaps if he had suffered this blindness before meeting her, this would never have happened.

Memories from the past flooded his mind. Why did this curse of submitting to the enemy have to follow him from one relationship to the next? If he had just learned the first time or even the heeded the warning for the last three days. But arrogant pride got in the way. By being weak in his mind, he would now pay the ultimate price.

His intentions were good, when he took his first wife. It would give him the necessary door that he needed to fulfill his purpose and defeat the enemy once and for all. Of course, there were added benefits to this carefully laid plan. This woman was beautiful as well, and so she should be. Men like Sam deserved only the best. But this woman, who he loved, nagged him, till he finally gave in. Desperate measures had to be taken in order to recover from that ordeal, and in the end, he lost his wife to his best friend.

Now there are some secrets that a family has that make them strong. Sam held a secret like this. You see, Sam was anointed by the Lord with supernatural strength, and the enemy used his girlfriend, Dee to entice Sam to share the secret of his strength. Sam’s secret was his covenant with God that his mother had made with God before birth. As Sam sat in that prison with chains and shackles binding his every move, he thought about what had locked these chains on him. He was locked in bondage by a lock….of hair. When he lost his hair, he lost his anointing, he lost his joy and in losing his joy, he lost his strength.

How can a man called to deliver so many people from the hand of the oppressor, do anything sitting in a prison cell, grinding grain day in and day out. But God’s grace is sufficient.

In sorrowful repentance, Sam cried out to the Lord for his strength to return one last time. One last time the Lord heard him, and with one blow, he defeated the enemy and died having fulfilled the purpose that God had called him to.

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Jessica Schmit03/14/06
That story (Samson) always makes me want to shake some sense into him! Good job in writing this.
Jan Ackerson 03/15/06
Looks like you had some words left, but you didn't give your readers details of that slam-bam ending! Good job with getting into Sam's head.
Helen Paynter03/16/06
I enjoyed this, but I wonder if it would have benefitted from a litle more time on the 'action' bits, and a litle less on narrative comments (which can sound a touch 'preachy') - actions are louder than words, etc
An interesting read, nonetheless
Virginia Gorg03/16/06
Nice take on Sam and Dee, but I would have liked an ending that described the fall of the columns - from Sam's sheer strength. Nice read :)