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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expire (08/01/13)

TITLE: What A Glorious Sight
By C D Swanson


"Hello Mrs. Harmon, how are things going?" Teresa asked, while holding her Bible.

"Oh, let's see. Well, I'm ready to take off for parts unknown. I was thinking Paris for some French cuisine."

Teresa kidded right back, "Well, your plane doesn't take off for 'bout an hour. I'm thinking, I have some time to read from God's book."

"You know, one of these days I'm gonna expire, and you'll miss me."

Mrs. Harmon told everyone the "I'm gonna expire" line, in her confident, and sassy way.

"Well, Mrs. Harmon...what book shall I read from today?"

"The book of John. You know about the word, and then about Jesus being our Vine."

"Yes, I love the entire Gospel of John, but then again...I love the entire Bible. Okay, Gospel of John. In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

"See, right there. Jesus is the word. Doesn't that mean He became flesh and walked among us?"

"Yes. The word was with God, and the word was God...and the word became flesh. Jesus Christ.”

"Do you think Jesus went to Paris?"

Teresa made a chiding sound, "Mrs. Harmon, I know Jesus has a sense of humor, so He understands your ways. And, I’m pretty sure he’s been to Paris."

“Okay, sorry. However I’d like to say, that although Jesus expired, he resurrected. I know when I'm called home, you know when I..."

"I know, I know...when you expire." She chuckled; Mrs. Harmon was truly a card.

She giggled like a little girl before continuing. "Yes, I’ll be with God, and I'll be able to see things far better than Paris. It’ll be everything that I've wanted to see, but couldn't. I often dream about what colors look like. What you look like. Or, even this room. You understand honey?"

"Well, I understand what you're saying. However, no one, but a sightless person, can understand how you’re feeling."

Mrs. Harmon rubbed her knees as she rocked. "You know what I think about a lot? How glorious it'll be to see God's face. That's the first thing I know I'll see when I die. I'm not worrying about the beauty of paradise, or the colors up there, although I know it's supposed to be extraordinary. No. None of that will even come close to seeing God's face. My Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, when He takes me home. Now, that’s why I'm not afraid of dying. I know the first thing I will actually see is Him, and His face. Amen."

Teresa's eyes blurred with tears. "That's simply beautiful, Mrs. Harmon."

"He's amazing. It's because of Him, that I’m able to get through each day at this land-of-the-dead. It’s because His living water allows me to drink. My Vine, Jesus, sustains my needs. I hope my branches have copious fruits… bringing His perfection within me. Without Him, I'd wither, and dry up, and become chaff in the wind. I need Him Teresa, we all need Him. My eyes have been opened, I've seen the truth, and have heard His voice. I look forward to seeing His face. So, the day I expire, I become whole. I will live in perfection in His presence."


Teresa returned the following week. Entering Mrs. Harmon's room, the bed was empty. She asked Katie, the head nurse, "Where's Mrs. Harmon?"

"Oh, that's right. You don't know. I'm sorry Teresa; she expired after you left last week. She talked about your Bible reading all that night. She seemed to have a different and stronger vision of Christ. She was animated and chatty. I swear, at the end...it looked like she was smiling, and staring at someone. Almost as if she could...see."

Teresa slowly broke out into a tiny smile, “Yes, I have no doubt that she did.”

As Teresa made her way around the facility she thought about Mrs. Harmon's words. It was a witness to her heart. She may have been sightless, but she saw more than any person gifted with sight. There were so many blind people in the world. She had it right, Mrs. Harmon was spot on. Teresa paused, as she thought of her words, "You know, one of these days I'm gonna expire, and you'll miss me." She was right, she'll miss her. But, how glorious knowing she was seeing Jesus' face this very moment, and basking in His Glory.

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Dannie Hawley 08/09/13
Beautifully written story, simply told for all to understand a profound truth. Definitley pulled at the ol' heartstrings. Thanks!
lynn gipson 08/09/13
What a glorious story. Thank you so much for this blessing you have just given me. I too, look forward to that glorious sight one day. This is just excellent writing with a beautiful message. I read it first thing this morning and I will carry it throughout the day.

PamFord Davis 08/09/13
So easy to visualize the characters, their surroundings and to hear the conversation. The faith and anticipation of your MC is inspiring. Yes, as in "I once was blind, but now I see!" (Amazing Grace) The MC expired but her influence lived on.

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Laura Hawbaker08/10/13
Well written dialogue. How comforting to know that though our bodies may expire, God has so much more in store!
Noel Mitaxa 08/10/13
Very skillful interactive narrative, with strong characters and credible dialogue. Shades of blind hymnwriter Fanny Crosby. Well done.
Linda Goergen08/11/13
Oh, I loved this! Your words painted the scenes so well—expressed Mrs Harmon’s faith, excitement and emotion so well! Though she was blind, she truly saw! Unlike so many today who have sight, but are so blind! She knew when she “expired” it was not the end for her, but only the beginning! And I agree with Mrs Harmon, though Heaven will have many wonders to behold, the most precious sight will be seeing our savior face to face! Well written, pleasure to read!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/13/13
Ahh this is a sweet story. I loved your character's and the ending was perfect. A delightful read from beginning to end.