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

TITLE: A Fall In the Garden
By
10/31/07


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As we walked up the driveway I could see what looked to be a grandmother and grandchild sitting on a park bench in the memory garden near the sanctuary. Each looked very happy and content with one another and their surroundings. They were looking at a book of some sort, and when they heard our footsteps, the older woman stood up, introduced herself, and what turned out to be her student to us and asked my son if he's like to join them for Sunday School.

I'd never been to that church before, so I was a little bit nervous about leaving my son with this woman that I'd only just met, and she must have sensed that because she offered me a seat right beside her. The lesson she gave to those two kids that morning was one of the best I have seen and heard yet. Though it was adapted for the children, it was without a shadow of a doubt a lesson about Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) 2:3.

“As an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste (NRSV).”

Although there were no apple trees on the grounds of the church, or at its historic chapel across the street, I could sure feel God's presence in that garden that day - especially when I looked out and saw the view of the river, and then looked up and noticed the beautiful big old live oak tree that we were sitting under.

I got so lost in the beauty of it all that I became completely oblivious to the rest of the lesson being given to the children. That is until something came flying down out of that tree, nearly landing on top of me before it hit the ground with a thud. That startled all five of us - including that poor little squirrel.

Of course, it took a moment or two for the squirrel to get its bearings, so the kids were mortified. They were certain the squirrel had died. That gave the teacher even more fuel for the fodder. All in all, it was a wonderful lesson about life and it was taught by a woman who turned out to be our school district's Director of Elementary Education – no wonder I enjoyed it so much...


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terri tiffany11/02/07
Very nice - I bet you could make expand this with some dialogue. I like your style and good opening paragraph:))
Christine Dunn11/03/07
A very good start to this story. I really felt as if I was there. I would love to know more about what happened next. The ending was wrapped up quite quickly.