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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: Prayer Connection
By Laury Hubrich
02/06/08


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Erin blankly stared at the monitor. Health issues created chaos and upheaval in her life. She recently quit her job and had to let her church ministries go to more able hands. She found the only thing left that she could do well was write, so that was what she set out to do. She searched the internet for writing sites and what she found was destined to give her a brand new life.

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In another land, a whole different continent, time zone, and season away, Candy worked at her laptop. Confined to bed, she corresponded with friends; she encouraged and uplifted. A year before she had become a part of a large, committed online community of Christians, known as Faithwriters. She became well known as being a prayer warrior.
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“I can’t believe it.” Erin sat at the edge of her seat. She was drawn to one particular spot on the Faithwriters message board. She read page after page from and about a woman named Candy. She, too, was suffering from a chronic illness. Like a magnetic pull, Erin wrote a long e-mail to this stranger, baring her soul to someone who just might understand.

“…Candy, I see on the boards that you are in chronic pain. I am, too… How can you stay so upbeat?...”

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Candy checked the board one last time before turning in for the night.

“…Some days I don’t think I can continue on…”

Oh Lord, what are You thinking? Someone in the USA wants my help. I’ve been there, for certain, but I’m not qualified to answer her questions. Candy felt the usual anticipation rise up in her soul as she felt she was being challenged by the Lord once again. With a resigned but determined look, she quit arguing with the Lord and began to write:

“Hi, Erin. I know just how you feel….”

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A few weeks later, the two were able to connect using an instant messaging system. They became sisters joined together through pain and held together through their belief in God.

“Candy?”

“Yes, Erin.”

“How can I have faith like you?” Erin held her breath in anticipation.

Candy hesitated, “You pray and ask for it.”

“Teach me to pray, Candy, I mean, like you do, like a prayer warrior.”

Candy started the prayer, hesitant at first. Then from her fingers to the keyboard, the words sailed from satellite to satellite and then across the ocean, where it displayed on the monitor and was consumed by Erin’s hungry soul. Soon, Erin joined into the spirit of prayer. Their words sailed back and forth to each other and upwards – right to the King Himself. The two hearts were drawn together at this time, in a new space called cyber, created by God Himself, for this very reason.

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Erin, startled by the ring of the phone, leaned across the desk and answered. “Hello?”

“Erin? This is Ann. I don’t think you know me. I go to First Christian, too.”

“Yes, I’ve seen you there. You sound upset. Are you okay?”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to start crying. I know you live in constant pain.” She blew her nose. “I’ve just been diagnosed with Lupus. I didn’t know who else to talk to. I’m so scared.”

“Oh, Ann, I’m sorry. How can I help?”

“I heard you’re a prayer warrior. I need to pray my way through this but I don’t know how. As I thought about it, I decided the only logical thing to do is to surround myself with people who do. That’s why I called you.”

“Umm, I don’t know.” Erin fiddled with the phone cord. “I was exactly where you were only a couple of months ago. There are so many others better qualified. I’m so…so inadequate.”

“Please, Erin.”

Erin’s internal struggle lasted only a second more as she remembered a conversation she had with a total stranger that she met online, a conversation she initiated much like this one. Now she knew how Candy must have felt as she read that very first e-mail from the stranger in the USA.

She smiled knowing that God had brought her to this place. She began to pray, right then, on the phone. Spoken words zipped along the phone lines from one part of town to the other into the listening ear of a hungry Ann, and upwards to the throne room of God. Their hearts were bound together that day, two strangers that became sisters in Christ.


Editor’s note: Names have been changed and permission granted to use memorable moments from a wonderful relationship.


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Shirley McClay 02/07/08
I loved this story. I had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis from age 9 to 26. I totally understand and relate to this story! I especially love the last paragraph of the next to last section. I read it over and over! Nice job.
Patty Wysong02/07/08
Whatever happened to tissue warnings?! You really captured not only the connections made, but also the circle, no spiral, that is formed as we grow and do what God gives us to do. Excellent.
...now I've got to go find a tissue!
Amy Michelle Wiley 02/08/08
I know all so well how God uses our pain to bring others closer to Him, and uses them to bring us closer. Beautiful story!
Joanne Sher 02/09/08
Absolutely lovely and touching beyond words. Your descriptions are so crisp and clearly right from your heart.
Jan Ackerson 02/10/08
Beautiful, Laury. Many of us here at FW have very similar stories, and this was very touching and affirming.
Sharlyn Guthrie02/10/08
This is so encouraging and tender, not to mention beautifully written. Thanks for sharing this story.
Marita Thelander 02/10/08
Ah...and we continue to link together as one family in Him. Thanx for including me.
Dee Yoder 02/10/08
A testimony to God's word that we are one body, and when one part of the body hurts, we all suffer and share the pain. And we all rejoice with the one who has good news! Very touching.
Holly Westefeld02/11/08
A lovely testimony to positive connections, both in cyber space, and eternal space.
Loren T. Lowery02/11/08
What a wonderful testamony. Trusting ourselves and others is sometimes the hardest thing we can ever do. I really liked the phrase into the ears and up to the throne room of God. Great job.
Shelley Ledfors 02/11/08
Absolutely beautiful. I don't often get tears when reading an entry, but sure did this time. -God Bless!
Edy T Johnson 02/11/08
Dear Friend, your story did such a beautiful job of showing how the body of Christ works, and why we are here in this world. "Candy" has blessed both our lives, and here I was thinking she was just there for me in my time of need! (^&^)
Sara Harricharan 02/12/08
This is beautiful! My own word of 'Prayerdiva' comes to mind as I read this, it is beautiful and you have definitely captured the moments of a truly memorable friendship-and the prayer that is able to reach far and beyond, this is so encouraging. ^_^
Karen Wilber 02/13/08
"The two hearts were drawn together at this time, in a new space called cyber, created by God Himself, for this very reason. " -- There's so much bad on the Internet. Thank God for all those who type in the Light. Beautiful story.
Betty Castleberry02/13/08
I'm sitting here looking at this little blank box, and really don't know what to write. Ths piece is written well, but it affected me more than you will know. Nicely done.
Rita Garcia02/13/08
This is touching on sooo many levels! Master writing from start to finish!
Pam Carlson-Hetland02/13/08
Wow! Beautifully written and what a great testimony!
Maxx .02/13/08
good characters, good emotion, great message! Well done! I liked this!
Lyn Churchyard02/14/08
This is beautiful Laury. I am so glad FaithWriters has such a group of prayer warriors. Not just praying, but encouraging others to pray. Bless you for sharing.
Celeste Ammirata02/17/08
Wow, what a moving story! A wonderful passage on the power of prayer. Great writing. God Bless.
Kate Grey02/18/08
Laury, beautifully done. Thanks for capturing the priceless relationships so many of us share on FW. And thanks for praying with me. :)