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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)

TITLE: Web of Love
By Patty Wysong


Kim wished the floor would open up and swallow her. She settled into the pew and studiously opened the bulletin, hoping no one would notice her. Jeff had been called to work as they were walking out the door to church, leaving her to face this first Sunday back on her own.

The hand on her shoulder made her jump. Taking a deep breath she pasted on a smile and looked up, dreading the pity and platitudes most people offered. What she found was Kyle's smile.

“Where's Jeff?”

“Some emergency at work came up just as we were walking out the door.”

Becky, Kyle's wife, squeezed past him and reached out with a hug for Kim. “I'm so glad you still came.” She sat down beside Kim just as Deb joined them.

“Kim! I wondered if you'd make it today.” After another hug Kim took a shaky breath and a swipe at her eyes. Becky and Deb caught each other's eye. “Virginia's knee is doing better, so she's teaching Sunday school this morning. It'll be so good to have her back—I've really missed her,” Deb said.

Becky followed Deb's lead. “She must have been able to get that steroid shot she was hoping for. She's been climbing the walls since she fell.”

Kim smiled thankfully at her friends; she recognized what they were doing. “She might have been cooped up at home, but she still managed to stay involved. She called me once or twice a day last week. She's an incredible lady, that's for sure.”

Someone sat down behind them and leaned forward to give Kim a squeeze. It was another one of her Sunday school classmates. “Did you just say that Virginia's back this week? That's wonderful! We'll all be back together again--it just isn't the same when some of us are gone.”

“I'm here! Did I miss something?” Two more couples sat down in the pew in front of Kim, and the ladies reached back to squeeze Kim's hand. She was completely surrounded by her Sunday school class members and their husbands.

Lord, I feel like You wrapped me in a web of love. These sisters You've given me are so precious. Thank you. I think I might be able to face the rest of the world now.

Mrs. Miller leaned over Kyle and Becky. “Kim, dear, I was so sorry to hear about the baby. There will be other babies...”

“Oh, Mrs. Miller, were those your pickles at the fellowship last month? They were simply delicious. Do you share your recipe or is it a family secret?” Becky stood up, blocking Kim's view of Mrs. Miller.

Deb leaned against Kim's shoulder and whispered, “You just keep smiling and let us handle the rest for a while.”

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Joy Faire Stewart11/01/07
Love the way the class embraced Kim...wonderful example of Christian love. Also, liked the way conflict was handled. Great story with a timely message.
Joanne Sher 11/02/07
I felt MYSELF being drawn into this web of love - great dialog and action.
terri tiffany11/02/07
Wonderful story - packed with emotions - it moved so well keeping me right there. Good writing!!
Betty Castleberry11/07/07
There is nothing like a church family to help us over the rough spots in life. You demonstrated this very well. Thanks for a good read.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/07/07
Thanks for demonstrating very well how love among the church's members makes a difference.
Brenda Welc11/07/07
You really showed how hard is to go back when something difficult happens in your life and you think you have lost some ground. I thought this was very good!
LauraLee Shaw11/07/07
What a precious story! Your title is a perfect description of the community we can find in a spiritually strong and mature Sunday School class.
Leigh MacKelvey11/07/07
Wonderful story, Peej! My daughter miscarried twice this year and it's been hard for her, but she has a "web of love" surrounding her with her S.S friends and church family. I really related to this!
Loren T. Lowery11/07/07
You made the setting, the dialogue all so, so realy. I felt like I was right there in church with them. And the message is absolutely right on as well as to how Sunday Schools can and should affect us all.
Sheri Gordon11/07/07
This is really good. It was very touching seeing the Sunday school class protect one of their own. Very nice writing, and good job with the topic.
Kristen Hester11/08/07
Oh, I have tears in my eyes. You story has touched me deeply. "Kim" is so blessed to have friends who know just what to do and say, and what NOT to say. It was especially precious to watch her friends protect her from the others who mean well, but just don't say the right things. Wonderful!!! Oh, and the writing was great, as well. Top Notch, and may I say MASTERful?
Sara Harricharan 11/08/07
What a beautifully woven web of love! I enjoyed this, not too long and with just enough detail and a bit of suspense over what was bothering Kim. You did great with this one! ^_^