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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: Small Fry Firefly
By Cristy Zinn
06/06/07


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Let me tell you about Phil. He was a small fry firefly who was very scared of the dark! Now for a firefly that’s kind of strange because fireflies spend most of their time in the dark. Not Phil. He was so scared of the dark that he would make sure he was home before the sun set so that he could hop into his bed and pull the covers over his head and wait till morning.

His mom often told him that if he just tried to go outside at night he would see lots more than just darkness. She told him that God had made the day and night and both were beautiful and full of amazing things but Phil didn’t believe her. He thought that scary things hid in the dark waiting to frighten fireflies like him. Of course that wasn’t true – no, Phil’s mom was right, night time was amazing.

Then one day Phil had simply had enough. He was tired of having all his firefly friends tease him and he was just plain tired of being scared! He decided to get on his knees and pray to Jesus.

“Dear Jesus,” he prayed, “Please make me bold so that I can face the darkness even though I’m scared.”

That afternoon he told his parents he needed their help. When the sun finally went down Phil’s mom and dad took hold of his hands and together they flew into the night. At first Phil kept his eyes tightly shut until his mom squeezed his hand and whispered,

“Look!”

He couldn’t believe his eyes. Hundreds of fireflies were buzzing around and all of them were glowing. Suddenly the night didn’t seem so dark, instead it looked beautiful.

“Can I do that?” Phil asked his mom when he saw that she was glowing too.

“Yes, of course you can. God knew that fireflies needed to be out at night so he gave us his amazing light to help us see in the darkness!”

“Wow, God really thought of everything.”

There were other lights that Phil discovered that night. He saw the moon for the first time, all round and bright and he also saw thousands of stars that twinkled from the sky. He couldn’t believe that he had missed out on all those beautiful things just because he was scared.
Before he went to bed that night, Phil got on his knees to pray again but this time he thanked God for bringing amazing light into the world!


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Lisa Holloway06/08/07
This is a nice, simple story. I like that it would be easy for a small child to follow the MC's example, and shows them not only how to overcome a fear, but how to approach God with needs and with gratitude.
Gregory Kane06/09/07
Lovely title. Simple, enjoyable story that any child can follow. Well done.
Rita Garcia06/11/07
I love the lesson,one to be embraced by children of ALL ages!