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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)

TITLE: The Forgotten God
By Patricia Turner
01/27/10


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On a recent trip to Egypt, my wife Kelly and I toured the Cairo Museum.

“Huh?” I was reading the transcription below the pictograph of an ancient reptilian appearing god.

Kelly turned with a frown. “I always hated it when my grandfather said that when he didn’t have his hearing aid in his ear.”

“What, oh; no, see it says here ‘Huh’,” I pointed to the text.

“The god’s name is ‘Huh’?” What is it, the unknown god, kind of like Paul found in Rome?”

“Let me see,” I adjusted my bifocals and leaned a little closer to the words. “Huh, one of eight primitive deities collectively known as the Ogdoad, were principle in the creation myth,” I read aloud.

“Not only the unknown god; just one of the crowd. Must have been the one people asked ‘what’s he doing here?’” she laughed.

I chuckled too; then grew sober at a disturbing thought.

“Charles?”

“I’m thinking of the way a lot of people say the name of our God these days.”

“You mean, a little like we say the word ‘huh’?” she likewise stopped laughing.

“I don’t know; maybe even worse. I think when people say ‘huh?’ they’re at least more or less consciously asking something. When they say the word ‘God’, more often than not it seems to be cursing or derision.”

“I think you’re right. In fact, it seems more and more as if the word ‘God’ just drops out of people’s mouths with no conscious thought at all.”

“In other words, the true God is becoming once again the unknown god; or frighteningly, like Huh, the forgotten god.” I shuddered and silently sent up a missive.

Just then the curator walked up to us.

“Any questions chaps?” He had a crisp British accent.

“Just one,” replied Kelly. “Have you ever heard of the unknown God?”


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Sara Harricharan 01/28/10
Good train of humor in here. I liked the way it ended, because I can just guess at what's going to happen in that next line. Fun read!
Lollie Hofer 01/30/10
I like your take on this week's theme, quite unique. Enjoyed the message of the story too. Well done.
Celeste Ammirata02/01/10
I enjoyed your creative take on this topic. Your story is one to keep in our hearts. Well Done!
Beth LaBuff 02/01/10
I enjoyed their banter in the museum over the "'huh?' god". Your message is relevant. Good work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/01/10
What a powerful reminder- one I needed. Thank you.
Joy Faire Stewart02/01/10
Creative writing on topic with an excellent reminder. I enjoyed it very much.
Glynis Becker 02/01/10
Interesting twist on the topic and definitely a question that has come up in more than one conversation between me and my friends and family. Good writing.
Carol Slider 02/02/10
An original take on the topic, with a timely message. Good job.
c clemons02/03/10
Very good take on topic, with a very good message. Good writing.
Sarah Elisabeth 02/04/10
Hey Patricia, the highest rankings were just posted on the forums, congrats on placing 13th in Level 3! Awesome job, you can view the rankings here:

http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=28619