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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Media (in any form) (11/11/10)

TITLE: "Ah..."
By Lollie Hofer


Settling deep into her olive green easy chair, Gertie scootched down until her tooshie found the spot created by years of scooching. "Ah…" was all she said while turning on the television set.

The television blared the noontime news. "The verdict is in and William Baudlin has been found guilty of murdering his fiancée," the news reporter declared while standing in front of the county courthouse building.

"I'm not in the mood for murderers and their gruesome deeds today," Gertie said while clicking the remote.

On the next channel, a man and woman were locked in a passionate embrace. "Oh, George, you are my soul mate. I'll get a divorce so we can be together forever," the sultry actress declared.

"Good grief, what is this world coming to?" the curly, grayed haired woman asked while once again hitting the remote. She also added a "Tsk" to accentuate her disapproval.

A teenager girl, with her midriff showing, sprang to life on the screen, gyrating her hips back and forth.

"Land sakes alive," Gertie yelled while leaning back in her easy chair. "Get some clothes on that girl. And, someone, quick, wash her mouth out with soap. Well, I never heard such foul lyrics in all my born days."

Pointing her remote toward the set, she tried another channel. Five gossipy ladies with lots of loud opinions were arguing with one another.

"Christians are the most two-faced beings on this entire planet," one older, bleach-blonde woman declared. "They talk about the love of God. And yet, they are narrowed-minded, bigoted and intolerant. After all, look at what Hitler did under the guise of Christianity."

A younger blonde tried to rationalize with her, explaining Hitler wasn't a Christian. He just used it as an excuse to try to wipe out an entire race. Three other voices jumped in, attacking the one woman who dared to defend Christianity.

Moving her head back and forth, Gertie sniffed as tears ran down her face, "Lord, I never thought I'd live to see the day the United States would turn its back on You. Have mercy on our souls."

With one more click to go, she found an information show with a news format. "On today's program, we will take a look at catastrophic events which have drastically affected our earth over the past year…tsunamis, tornados, earthquakes, active volcanoes…"

"Bad news, bad news and more bad news. What's an old woman like me to do?" she asked.

"Click" went the remote causing silence to fill the living room. Rubbing her chin in deep thought, her face lit up as her mouth spread plum across her face. Pulling a book off the end table, Gertie began to read.

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: 'For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.' Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, not any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."*

Scootching a little deeper into her cushion, "Ah…" was all she said while continuing to feed on the good news of her Lord's Words.

*Romans 8:35-39

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/20/10
If you want to hear Good news there's nothing like the Good Book. Nice story.
Noel Mitaxa 11/21/10
Maybe you're showing my age, because I kept agreeing - roight down the the final "Ah.." Very good flow of ideas and feelings.
Lillian Rhoades 11/22/10
Thank you for reminding us how television often takes away from the time we need to spend in God's word. I noticed an abundance of "ing" verbs used with "while." Not so sure if that's the best way to express that.

To avoid overuse,you might consider other way to express it. Also,for a moment "the curly gray haired woman" threw me until I realized you were talking about Gertie.

Lillian Rhoades 11/22/10
"other ways"
Virgil Youngblood 11/22/10
A fitting title for the story you wrote. That old bug-a-boo TV works best when it's off. And who of us doesn't have a favorite chair?
Amanda Brogan11/23/10
Alright! I'll take God's Word over negative media any day.

Nicely written.
Edmond Ng 11/24/10
Nicely written and a good read. It's so true there's not much good coming from the media, so we ought all the more spend fruitful time in God's Word!
Carol Penhorwood 11/24/10
Oh, 'tis true! Watching too much TV can be a real downer. Where is the uplifting?

Loved your first paragraph and the "scooching"...it drew me right in!
Caitlyn Meissner11/24/10
A happy ending, and what a great message for today. Thank you.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/24/10
I enjoyed this very much--hummed the same tune;-)
Henry Clemmons11/24/10
It can be a challenge to find something on TV. Great ending.
Sarah Elisabeth 11/24/10
Our best source of news still good for today, tomorrow and all eternity!
Mona Purvis11/25/10
I feel this way so much of the time. Kindred spirits. Love the entry.