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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: Strength to move on
By Jillian Hill
04/26/06


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It is interesting that the topic this week is inner strength when due to recent circumstances I have wondered about my own. On Thursday April 20th my boss’s 18-year-old son was found in his vehicle shot to death. I have known this family for almost ten years, and this news made me heartsick. This news also made me question, how do you keep going? Is my faith and trust in God strong enough to rely on him through a tragic loss?

A memorial service was held for him Tuesday April 25 and there was standing room only. People poured in to remember this young man and to show support for the parents and brother that he left behind. These people, just like me, will continue on with their lives. When we are reminded of what has happened we will all experience a moment of grief but will easily shake it off. This family will day after day face an empty place at the table, an empty bedroom, and an empty spot in their lives.

Where does that inner strength come from that allows you to get out of bed each morning? What type of inner strength does it take not to seek justice on your own? God provides that strength if we let him. Each one of us has to trust God daily because our world is deteriorating at a rapid pace.

As a parent you love, worry, hug, kiss, laugh, and cry over your child and the thought that someone could take that away in a matter of moments is heart breaking. Could I bear that? Could you? Hug your family close and remind them often that you love them. Teach your children daily to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ because according to Romans 13:8-10 by following that commandment all other commandments will be fulfilled.


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Helen Paynter04/27/06
important reminder of what is important. thank you
Jan Ackerson 04/29/06
Very touching, and spoken with great truth. Two small things: avoid referencing the "challenge" or the topic, especially if you want to be considered for the quarterly anthology, which is published for readers who may be non-FW. And I think you might consider leaving off your last sentence; it's very true, but the impact is in the sentence before. This one will stay with me for a while; good job.