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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)

TITLE: Something & Everything~
By C D Swanson


Someone just purchased the latest nail polish shade as she glanced at her hands.

While someone else just smiled at an incoming text.

Still another tried hard to keep his eyes open while sitting perfectly still.

Directly in front of me a child was opening and closing her tic tac container, while her parents were loudly chewing gum.

Off to the side and across the way,
an old lady was holding tightly to the pink tissue in her hand.

Behind me there was incessant chatter and intermittent giggles,
and an over powering scent of flowery perfume.

A cell phone rang, albeit briefly, "I will always love you" in the distance before being turned off.

A child began crying about ten rows ahead of me while kicking her feet against the seat.

And two teenagers were saying, “shut-up” to one another during their
entire vivacious conversation about “gorgeous Tommy.”

Outside, fire engine company trucks zoomed by with sirens screeching,
While a dog “sang” in harmony, until a male voice shouted “quiet!”

Loud voices started from the back row and ugly threats came forward.
Two young men stood facing each other, each one glaring,
Then sat down as if nothing had happened.

A woman walking past me stopped short, as the contents of her purse spilled onto the ground, stooping down to retrieve her belongings.

A man helped gather her treasures as she mouthed “thank you,”
then sat down on the left side in the third row.

There was murmuring from various conversations reverberating throughout.

And constant rustling in the crowd, as the noise mingled with sounds from within and without.

All in all, there seemed to be "much ado about nothing" in particular.

Inconsequential happenings all around,
And people seemingly oblivious to their surroundings.

When suddenly, a deafening silence greeted us as people stood up in unison,
while the Praise and Worship team came out.

And, everything that was about “nothing” became “something."

We stood to worship our King of Kings,
to sing and praise our Lord, our God.

As harmony became apparent in all aspects while we gave honor to the most important of all.

We all began to sing, “How Great Is Our God.”

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Rachel Stone08/04/11
Great word picture, and even greater point... Nice job!
Cheryl von Drehle08/04/11
I saw early on where this might be going and thought what a sad but quite accurate commentary on behavior prior to the start of a church service, but you brought this to a very beautiful and hopeful conclusion, which I have also observed in real life (and in myself!) Great handling of the subject.
Linda Goergen08/04/11
I love the way you allow the reader to see the individual picture-book scenes, then shift our vision to them as a group – blending together with combined purpose – worshiping! What an awesome and telling line And, everything that was about “nothing” became “something." This is so creatively crafted and presented – wonderful job of meeting the challenge and wonderful message! KUDOS!!!
Laurie Kiel 08/04/11
Good description. Good message!
Edmond Ng 08/08/11
The starting seems to be like a scene within a shopping mall or in the subway train. Glad all things come to a point of quiet when it's time to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords. A nicely written piece with a very clear message.
Linda Goergen08/11/11
Congratulations on your well deserved first place win...I am so glad you won, this was my favorite!
Noel Mitaxa 08/11/11
Congratulations on your win. I love how you have brought all those snapshots of nothing in particular together; in praise to the God who is everything. Well done.
stanley Bednarz08/12/11
Congratulations and thanks for your comments. Good to meet new people from faith wirters. Stan
Joni LeRette-Flores08/27/11
CONGRATULATIONS on your win! Great observations made here and so very true. Made me think about entering worship. Often my mind is flooded with a mounting list of "to do's" I must accomplish as soon as the service ends. But, entering into His presence should not be like that at church or anywhere. A very valuable lesson. THANK YOU!