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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: Is it about the celebrities?
By Genstacia Bull
05/18/06


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“Dad what do you think p-r-o-s-p-e-r-i-t-y means?” Samantha looked expectantly from her books to her dad for an answer.

“You mean pros-pe-ri-tee. Why do you ask, dear?” Dave answered

“Well, my Sunday school teacher wants me to write an essay on what prosperity means to me” Samantha chirped

“So what do you think it means Sam?” Dave took off his glasses and folded his newspaper to give his eight year old his full attention.

“I figure it means having good friends in school who do not call you names, it means having all the toys you want, and maybe it means having mom back.”

Dave felt a twinge in his stomach at the latter statement. Sue has stormed out of the house and maybe even his life; he was yet to find out. She had scrawled a note that she needs time to think about their marriage and he should take care of Samantha.

“Dad?” Samantha jolted him out of his thoughts.

“Yes honey, you are right in a way. Prosperity covers a lot of areas in your life. It is about your friendship with God, your money, your health, your school work everything that matters to you.”

“Oh that means you are successful and rich and everyone likes you, just like the people on TV.” Samantha nodded her curly blonde locks.

“Sam, it’s more than that it also means, even when people don’t like you like the mean girls in school you keep telling me about, or the fact that your mom is not around right now. It means that you have Someone that will always like you and one that takes care of you even if you are not as rich like the people in TV.”

“You mean Jesus right?”

“Correct.”

“Okay so could we ask Jesus to bring mommy back and you guys could be happy again.”

Dave sighed, “I think that is a good idea Sam.”


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Delores Baber05/18/06
Liked the idea of trying to explain such a concept as prosperity to a child.Glad the father encouraged Sam to give her child's understanding and then filled in with more details on her level.
Jan Ackerson 05/19/06
I really like the relationship between Samantha and her dad. There are a few problems here with tense and with comma usage--and do Sunday School teachers really require essays? But I think you really "nailed it" with the dad's responses--and thanks for not feeling like you had to provide a neat, happy ending.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/21/06
This is a good concept. Watch your punctuation. Good article.