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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Time-consuming (02/24/11)

TITLE: The Word That Time Could Not Consume - Revelation 10:6 KJV
By Cherry Bieber


Slipping into a drug-induced coma, Keith was succumbing to the cancer. He was unable to open his eyes, move, or speak. However, he could still hear. His wife was holding his hand and weeping. Keith heard someone tell her that it wouldn’t be long.

“I don’t know about this, Keith. It seems a little far fetched to me.” Dora spoke with much anxiety. “How much do you know about this – what’s it called – cryonics?”

“Listen, Dora,” Keith began softly, “It won’t make any difference to us if it doesn’t work, but it will be a great contribution to science! I will leave no stone unturned in fighting this cancer, but if I lose, I want to be cryopreserved. Can you imagine the possibilities if it does work?” Dora allowed his confidence to quiet her unrest and they signed the documents.

Entering the clinic where he was scheduled for testing to see how far the cancer had spread, Keith saw a small pamphlet on the ground. He picked it up out of habit rather than curiosity. He signed in at the desk and looked for a garbage can. Not finding one, he sat down to await his appointment. Glancing down at the pamphlet he realized it contained something he vehemently opposed…Scriptures. With much disgust he read, KJV-John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” And, John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” His spirit flickered in response, but he immediately denied it. With a mocking tone through gritted teeth he whispered, “What a lie!” and shoved it into his pocket as if it burned his fingers. The nurse calling his name startled him. As she took his vitals she noted that his blood pressure and pulse were up a bit from his last visit.

For months Keith and Dora explored every avenue they could find to fight his battle with cancer. He was not winning and they knew it. He was now weaker every day and tests showed the cancer had spread throughout his body. Time was not on his side and he began focusing on making sure that everything was in place for his cryopreservation. But something was desperately wrong. Standing on this precipice of death, he no longer had the excitement nor the hope in this ever-growing science of cryonics. He was afraid, but couldn’t voice what he feared. He didn’t speak of this to anyone, not even Dora. He chided himself for such weakness and purposed in his mind to rise above it…to no avail.

The sound of his wife’s weeping was fading, but a voice that had been speaking softly in the background for the past few hours, was becoming more audible. It was a calm, soothing voice that, although becoming clearer, did not become loud. His spirit flickered in response to what he was hearing, but he couldn’t yet make out the words. Suddenly he heard clearly…the Scriptures from the pamphlet!! His spirit leapt with joy as the calming voice spoke the words until his spirit cried out in response, “Yes! This is Truth! Jesus, take my hand!” He wept and repented of the years he had rejected the Savior, but rejoiced as he realized that it wasn’t too late.

Keith’s breathing became increasingly labored. Dora noted tears slipping out of the corners of his eyes and looked questioningly up at the nurse. “Just part of the process of dying.” She explained. “As the body shuts down, it begins releasing fluids.” The blue line and monotone alarm announced that Keith was gone.

Sorting through the belongings of a loved one who has died is always very painful and time-consuming. Much to Dora’s surprise while emptying out Keith’s desk, she found a small pamphlet bearing Scripture. As she read it, something in her spirit flickered in response, but she immediately denied it. With a mocking tone through gritted teeth she whispered, “What a lie!” and she tossed it toward the trashcan as though it burned her fingers. The pamphlet landed in a box marked, “Things to keep.”

KJV-Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

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Allison Egley 03/05/11
I liked this!

This didn't seem to follow sequentially. It goes from him dying and unable to speak, to him discussing things with his wife, to the first treatment options, back to his death. Putting some divider between the sections, or putting it in italics to indicate it was Keith's thinking (if it was) would have made things clearer.

I'm glad Keith made his decision in his final moments.
Sunny Loomis 03/08/11
I like this. You never know who will benefit from a pamphlet. Thank you.