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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: Best Friends
By Mary Kirk



We are one year and two weeks apart in age--and those two weeks are important. Sister always included them.
My sister, a year and two weeks younger than I, has been my best friend all my life. We grew up during the depression era. Because we moved around a lot, we relied on each other for all that friendship implies. Being the new kid in the class every year during the twelve years of school was more difficult for Sister, because she did not make other friends as easily as I did. By this, you can deduce that I was the more outgoing. We did not have separate bedrooms or beds until we left home, she to nursing school and me to marry.
Sister had nightmares every so often, and she would not quiet down until I turned and put my arms around her and soothed her. One time, she said, “I think I am dying.” I told her she wasn’t. She asked me how I knew with confidence that she wasn’t. I told her, “You are making too much noise, and people who are dying don’t make that kind of noise.” It satisfied her, and she went back to sleep. Our parents divorced when I was four, and I don’t know if there was an underlying fear and anxiety that caused her nightmares. Death seemed to be the main part of her fear.
One night, when we were in our teens, she asked me to stay awake while she went to the bathroom. I dozed off, and on her way back, Sister was frightened by a noise over our brother’s bed. She took a running leap and landed on top of me. Whoa—try that on for size. She told me Brother was having the death rattles. I listened and discovered his trumpet he had hung on the wall above his bed had moved with a breeze and made the noise. Sometimes we laughed before we went back to sleep, but her fears were real to her.
When I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, I talked to her. However, she had a religion and told Mother “Tell her to stop preaching at me.” So for 50 years, I could only pray for her. We still had a wonderful friendship. Eight years ago, when just she and I were on a vacation, our conversation turned to things spiritual. She received Jesus as her Savior.
Since then, Sister has taken a turn down the road of loss of memory and lacks recognition of even her children. However, I have confidence that we will meet in heaven, and as the Bible says—we shall know as we are known. I miss communication with her now, but we shall catch up one day. This is the confidence I have in Him.

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Jan Ackerson 07/12/07
A moving character study of your sister...what wonderful timing God has!

An extra space between paragraphs would make this easier on the eyes. And perhaps names for your sister and brother? You could give them made-up names if you want them to remain anonymous.

I ached for your sister and her fears, and rejoiced when you led her to victory.
Catrina Bradley 07/13/07
A very moving tribute to your love for your sister, and your confidence in God. I wanted to know more about her conversion story, but I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks!
Tesiri Moweta07/13/07
How true. We have confidence that we'll see our loved ones in heaven. I agree with Jan about the paragraphs. Apart from that, you have written a pretty good piece.
Joanne Sher 07/13/07
What a lovely testimony! I would love to hear more about you and your sister. You seemed to repeat yourself a bit more than needed here, but this was charming.
Dee Yoder 07/13/07
You wrote a wonderful tribute to your sister, and someday, in heaven, you'll be able to tell her all about it! What joy to know that when her mind is restored then, you'll have endless days to share, laugh, love, and worship together!
Joy Faire Stewart07/14/07
You can tell this was written from a heart of love. Thanks for sharing.
Kristen Hester07/18/07
Very sweet. I hope my girls are this close one day.
Marilyn Schnepp 07/18/07
Leave it to me, the Simon Cowell of the Writers Critique Group, to put a damper on a lovely story. The lack of paragraphing made it a difficult read for good eyes, much less for old eyes like mine. Thanks, however, for understanding. God Bless.