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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: Unhappy
By Katherine Hussmann Klemp
05/20/06


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“What can we do about mom?” Carol’s worried question echoed Anna’s concerned thoughts.

“Maybe if we take her out to eat tomorrow it’ll cheer her up a little. I hate it when she just sits at the kitchen table and broods.” was Anna’s hopeful reply.

The two sisters were beside themselves. Their father had died unexpectedly four months earlier, and their mother was definitely depressed. It was so unlike her. Always a happy, positive person, Mom had been the girls’ cheerleader for as long as they could remember.

“The worst part,” Carol admitted reluctantly, “is that I’m afraid that Mom’s faith has let her down, just when she needed it most.”

“Are you suggesting that God has let Mom down?” was Anna’s shocked reply.

“It’s not that, exactly. It’s just that I thought she’d have snapped out of it by now. I mean, if all things work together for good, as she always says, then why isn’t God there for her now?” Carol hated to bring this up, as though it showed the weakness of her own faith, but it had been worrying her. Where was God when it counted?

“I haven’t told you this, but yesterday I asked mom that same question” Anna confessed. "She gave me this shocked look and asked what I meant by such a question. I think she was disappointed in me.”

“Surely you are not implying that I have been living on my own strength these past four months. How do you think I get through each day? It’s only by God’s grace that I get up in the morning. Of course His will is to be done in my life.” She chided me. “What made you even ask the question?”

Carol was a little taken aback her mother’s reaction. “What did she mean, why ask the question? Has she looked in the mirror lately? I haven’t seen her smile since Dad died. She doesn’t look happy to me.”

That’s the thing. She got a little huffy with me and said in that voice of hers, you know, the lecture one, “There’s a world of difference between happiness and joy, Anna. Happy, I’m not, but there is a joy in my heart that sustains me and will see me through this, and anything else my Lord chooses for my life.”

“Oh,” said Carol.


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Lynda Schultz 05/25/06
Yes, we are allowed to be sad and to grieve, but that shouldn't rob us of our joy in the Lord. You found a good way to express that truth. Nicely done.
Michelle Burkhardt05/27/06
Nice dialoge between the sisters. I think you could have given more detail. Many people who have lost loved ones, lose their happiness and their joy. You pointed out that joy comes from trusting the Lord. Nice job.
Helen Paynter05/27/06
Good piece. It took a turn I didn;t expect, and I think the starkness of the last sentence was great.