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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)

TITLE: A Dog's Faith
By Ruth Neilson


Daphne had to hurry. Cassia was once again beside herself. An evil voice emerging from the young girl's body was enough to send Daphne in search of the Rabbi who could remove evil spirits with a simple command. The servants could only keep Cassia in a room for a watch until the demon got the child free and tried to throw her into either the well or the fire. Daphne rushed through the streets, holding her veil in place, searching for any sign of Him. Her daughter wasn't going to be attacked any longer if she could help it.

She knew that He could heal her daughter. She had heard stories of others being healed. Death didn't even have any power over this Rabbi. Could it be that He was really the Son of David? The Promised One that the Jews prayed for? Daphne just had to find Him. She continued to press through the streets, calling apologizes as she stumbled and ran into people. She could hear insults as she pressed on to her errand; closer to a mob of people surrounding one man.

She tried to press through the throng, "I need to see Him! My daughter needs healing!"

A man turned and sneered at her, "All of us need a healing. Why would He heal one of your kind any ways?"

The words struck her sharply, and Daphne lowered her head, embarrassed. "Who was she, a gentile, to demand that her daughter...her Cassia be healed? But, I know He can heal her."

Daphne knew she had to do this. She cried out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."

There was no response from the Rabbi, just low mumbles from His disciples. She could hear them encourage Him to send her away. Daphne set her teeth, and prepared herself to cry out again.

But the Rabbi answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

That simple sentence was enough for Daphne. She propelled herself through the crowd and fell at the Rabbi's feet. "Lord, help me!" she begged.

He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."

"It was a test. It had to be a test," Daphne thought as she dared to look up at the Rabbi. She closed her eyes and thought for a moment before remembering how the dogs begged at the table for even a crumb.

Boldly, she answered, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

There was a long pause and Daphne could almost hear the Rabbi start to chuckle. Finally, He responded, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted."

Daphne blinked several times before pushing herself up off the ground. The Rabbi and His disciples were already walking away, leaving her there. She pulled herself together and ran home. Knowing that the Rabbi had healed her Cassia was different than seeing it. Hastily, she pushed her way back through the market and into her home.

"Mistress," the servant girl greeted Daphne, "your daughter! She is well. She screamed and growled at an unseen presence and then went limp. It is as if the gods..."

Daphne cut the servant girl off. "No more talk of gods in this household. They have done nothing for Cassia when just a simple command from the Rabbi healed her. We will worship one God, the Most High God that the Jews serve."
Matthew 15:22-28 (NIV)

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Laury Hubrich 03/21/10
Love your title. It truly is perfect for this story. You did a great job bringing this event from the Bible to life.
Noel Mitaxa 03/21/10
You've brought this episode to life with credibility and power. I love how you've described your MC's inner struggle succumbing to the confidence to persist in reaching the Rabbi.
Beth LaBuff 03/21/10
You've infused this with a lot of emotion. Even though I knew how it would end, I got chills when I read your ending. Very nice work!
Nicole Campbell03/22/10
This is a beautiful story, where you took a story from the bible and told it from an interesting and different point of view. I love your MC's stuggle to speak to Jesus and her faithful determination. Excellent!
Carol Slider 03/22/10
I've always admired this woman's faith and persistence, and you effectively helped us see the story through her eyes. Good job.
Rachel Phelps03/23/10
Awesome title, and what a great out of the box story for this prompt. My only red ink is that there was a lot of "telling" at the beginning. It took me a couple of paragraphs to get into the flow of the story.