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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: Faithful Teddy
By Christine Gaudin


Justine is our youngest child, by far the youngest, the after thought, the precious accident. When she was young we doted on her, the whole family, even her big teenage brothers. She had long blonde hair and bright blue eyes and her constant companion was Teddy. They went everywhere together. Everything that happened to Justine also happened to Teddy. It was a bit like having twins, except one was non-responsive. Teddy took it all in his stride although it wasn't long before Teddy was looking a bit the worse for wear. From time to time Teddy had to have a real wash, not just a pretending bath or shower. When this happened Justine stayed close to the washing machine saying reassuring things like, 'Be brave Teddy. It won't be long now.'

The bond between them was special. To Justine Teddy was a real person with real feelings and a personality. She would talk to him and listen to him. Sometimes Teddy would tell Justine he loved her and sometimes he would ask her to do something for him. One day as I watched, Justine held Teddy up to her ear and then looked so sad I thought she would cry. 'What's the matter dear?' I asked.
Full of concern she replied, 'Teddy just said "Ow!"'
'Why did he say that?'
'He has a sore head because Amber bumped into him in the hallway. He'll have to have an icepack and a bandage.'

Over the next few weeks Teddy had his arm in a sling, plasters on various parts of his body, and ointment on his bottom. That last one required some time in the washing machine but the vapour rub on his chest was there to stay no matter what was used to try to get it off. I did wonder if this Teddy stuff was getting a bit beyond it, if it was quite normal or if it was doing any harm. When Justine tried to get the hurt out of Teddy's ear using a pair of scissors I was a bit perturbed to say the least. 'Stop,' I cried. 'You'll hurt Teddy even more doing things that way.'
'Well how do you get hurtful things out of your ears? You hear them when they go in but how do you get them out?'
'Oh dear, that's the thing with words. Once they are said they can never be unsaid. What did Teddy hear?'
'I got cross with him and said I didn't want to be his friend,' she replied in anguished tones.
'That was unkind Justine, but there is a way to make things better. You just have to say you're sorry and ask Teddy to forgive you. You are sorry aren't you?'
'Yes, I very sorry.' So Justine and Teddy were friends again because he was such a faithful companion and forgave so easily.

The years have flown by and Justine is a young lady now. Last night I happened by her room and overheard her in prayer. I was overcome by the love she poured out to her Lord and her plea for Him to forgive her for some unkind thing she'd done. It was just as if she were a little girl again talking to her faithful Teddy, and just as the bond between Justine and Teddy had been special so the bond between Justine and Jesus is special now.

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Carol Penhorwood 01/14/10
Absolutely loved this! Having ten grandchildren, I could easily visualize this! Great job!
Karen Macor01/15/10
This was great. An interesting story with a good lesson tied in. Something both kids and adults can identify with.
Karlene Jacobsen01/18/10
Excellent! I loved this and the way Justine's best friend transfered from Teddy to Jesus. Great job.