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

TITLE: Our Eternity - His Patience
By Michael Joshua
03/16/11


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Our eternity is based on our emotional and physical conditions.

Our eternity is limited.

God's eternity is eternal.

A grown son with mental issues refuses to take his medication because he thinks he can handle it on his own. Instead he lapses into depression which seems to last an eternity for his mother.

A daughter who makes bad decisions, continually coming home to her father for money to bail her out of her latest mistake waiting for her to grow up seems to be taking an eternity.

An older parent dealing with dementia remembering less each day seems to take an eternity just to spend an hour with someone that no longer knows who you are.

A baby with pneumonia, under an oxygen tent watching for an eternity to see any improvement as the small body rocks searching for breath.

A young man trapped behind the wheel of his car waits an eternity for the paramedics to free him from the wreckage.

A husband that prowls around town, having affair after affair an eternity passes as the wife watches the hands of the clock go from midnight to 3 AM when he stumbles through the door.

A wife being abused by her husband and waits in the fetal position for an eternity as the alcohol works to relax his fists and finally put him to sleep.

A loving father waits for what seems an eternity for the prodigal son to return home.

A daddy waits for what seems an eternity for his daughter to leave a life of prostitution and return to a family that loves her.

A mommy watches her only son board a plane to go overseas, to an unknown land, dressed in his military uniform knowing that the 12 months tour will be an eternity.


A heavenly father offers us an eternity with him, free of pain and fear, if we are only willing to take that step toward him.

His patience lasts an eternity.

It's good to know because we need his patience.


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Noel Mitaxa 03/20/11
Lots of sensitively-drawn vignettes that underscore your approach to the topic. Well done.
Beth LaBuff 03/21/11
I like your consideration of the how relative the term "eternity" is. After all the things you mention, your ending shines through. I love the hope contained there!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/23/11
I love these vivid little scenes and the message behind it is beautiful.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/24/11
Congratulations for placing 12th in level three!