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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: Dreading Deja Vu
By Ruth Neilson


In a dim room, James sat working his way through stacks of paperwork. The list of new laws and regulations...just about everything was new and the public wasn't questioning a word of it. Something was up within the government, and he wanted to know what. So there he sat, in the belly of the beast trying to make sense of the legislation of the still unfinished health-care bill.

There had been a rumor of forced euthanasia for those who were physically or mentally unable to care for themselves and he needed to find out if it was true. Surely, the government wouldn't start to follow the dark footsteps of those from the past. Or would they... the thought lingered and James shifted in his seat as he continued to sift through the documents.

It had to be in here somewhere and finally his eyes lighted on the words he was looking for, a simple phrase that made his blood chill; the wording almost exact to the reasoning why Nazi Germany moved to eliminate the elderly and infirm--because they were not contributing to society as a whole.

James continued to scan through the papers and a small tremor of fear went down his back. There was no way that the public would agree with everything. With trembling hand, he pushed the stacks of paper away, released his wheel chair, and left the room. James knew that he had to contact the others. They would want to know what was possibly waiting in the wings.

As soon as he was a safe distance away, James made the call.

"It's worse than you imagined, Pete. ... Yeah, possible round ups if stage one is a success. ... The Body of Christ is in danger if we don't do something. ... No--drastic measures would only inflame passions against us. ... No! I'm not saying we need to layover and die. ... Look, Pete, all that I am saying is we need to be prepared for whatever comes our way. If this passes, then, God help us all. ... Look, the vote is tonight, I need to try to drum up opposition against the bill, or at least this portion of it. Small battles right now Pete. ... Just pray."

With a heavy sigh, James made his way back into the Senate. He knew he had an uphill battle. One he was not relishing to fight. He knew if he failed, he would be dead in a matter of months, and his friends wouldn't be long in following him. That is, of course, if history chose to repeat itself.

James mashed the button to open and slowly wheeled in. He had only a few hours left. Dipping his head, he whispered, "Your will be done tonight, Father. Your will be done."

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Charla Diehl 08/19/10
Because of political leadership today, this is all too scary. . . .and I pray.
Melanie Kerr 08/21/10
You created tension in your story and hooked into an all too possible world. I would like to think it's not possible but history tells us otherwise.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/21/10
This is a gripping and chilling story.
Caitlyn Meissner08/22/10
Interesting idea. It won't happen if God's church will pray.
Betty Castleberry08/22/10
Unfortunately, if we are not diligent as Christians, I can see this happening. Nicely done.
AnneRene' Capp08/22/10
Well told and chillingly accurate if our current government is left unchallenged! I thank God for the hope still left, for Christians to wake up and participate in our November Elections!
Kara Dunham 08/22/10
I definitely felt the tension in the story- especially since you did a good job of implying current political issues.
Amanda Brogan08/23/10
I've thought about something like this happening so many times as I've read what's going on in our government today. We Christians should definitely fight against it with our prayers and discerning action. Deja Vu of Nazi Germany would be far too dreadful to repeat.

Amanda Brogan08/23/10
Ya know, you should write a novel or short story expanding on this idea. Maybe it would rouse some people's minds to the truth and the potential of what could happen. I'd read it!
Rachel Phelps08/25/10
I loved the added tension of the personal feeling of danger since your MC was in a wheelchair. Great premise, well executed.
Mona Purvis08/25/10
Timely, the mark of a good writer.
Yes, it's very believable. Our world is becoming a very selfish and cold one as we Christians cool to lukewarm.
Good take on the topic.

Kate Oliver Webb 08/25/10
This was excellently done. The tension was palpable, particularly because your MC was in peril. Definitely timely, and a very strong and urgent warning to all of us to claim our victory over "principalities and powers" through Christ!