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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: In an Instant
By Pam Richards


It happens unexpectedly when I am putting on eye make-up in the morning.

First, the image of a womanís battered face pops into my mind. Then my thoughts go to the fateful night that captivated our nationís attention on television for months.

Her life and the life of her friend were cut short in a matter of minutes. Their dreams for the future died near her front door at the hands of a ruthless killer. She was undoubtedly the target of the villain. Her male visitor had only stopped by to drop off glasses accidentally left at a restaurant.

I picture the dog with bloody paws barking over the bodies to alert a neighbor that something terrible had happened to his owner. My heart is grieved as I recall the children she loved and the broken-hearted parents and siblings. I wonder at the depth of evil that drove someone to kill a mother while her children slept upstairs. I wonder whether either of the victims had a saving relationship with Christ, or, if perhaps they had time to cry out to Him before entering eternity. To the God who is everywhere and beyond all time and space, I pray they did.

My 18-year-old-daughter and I tuned in every evening and were fascinated by the trial proceedings. I remember testimony about a stashed away snapshot showing the beautiful young womanís face covered with bruises. I suppose my brain has somehow associated eye makeup application with a woman attempting to hide her disfiguration.

The reason this association surfaces periodically in my mind without rhyme or reason is a mystery, but pondering this tragic event has haunted me in this way all these years. I use the word haunt, but I do not think that is exactly what I mean. My soul longs for justice and that this had never happened. This incident and others like it cause us to experience a disconnection between what should be and what is or has been.

No matter what happens on this Earth or in this time, one day our King will come and make all things right. He is the true judge who will bring justice and mercy. He, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, is holy and righteous. He is clothed in majesty. He will dry our tears and heal our souls.

He [Jesus Christ] shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified. (excerpt from the Orthodox Creed)

And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify
that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.
Acts 10:42 ESV

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diana kay01/18/11
this was a bit too harrowing for me, you describe the raw emotions very clearly but i got a little lost in the chain of events. It was clearly something that had struck a chord in the heart and mind of the MC and it is clear there was a terrible murder but some of the details like the return of the glasses and the photograph of the bruises caused me confusion.
you seem to be describing an event that you think the reader will be familiar with but alas i am not.
Jan Ackerson 10/27/11
Pam, I'm going to feature this article on the Front Page Showcase for the week of November 21. Look for it on the FaithWriters homepage--and congratulations!