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

TITLE: The Hour of Grace
By harvestgal Ndaguba
08/07/13


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Tony smiled as she opened the window. A red bird watched her from the tree outside her window. She was five today, but that was about to expire cause tomorrow would be her birthday.

Clouds came. Thunder roared. She twirled around, picked up a sword.
Time lapsed, heaven clapped. The storm resounded in one accord.

Tony sat at the lunch table alone eating her banana. A boy came and pulled her red ponytail. Another came and snatched her banana. Her face was red with embarrassment. "What should I do," she wondered. She closed her eyes knowing that soon this would all be a memory. She heard herself saying to them "Jesus loved you." She was fifteen.

Clouds came. Thunder roared. She twirled around, picked up her sword.
Time lapsed, heaven clapped. The storm resounded in one accord.

He was almost done medical school.

"Tony, you are the one I love. You're the one I really want. Please, I can't wait for you forever. This is my last offer. Marry me. You won't be sorry."

"John, you're a wonderful friend but we are going in different directions. We are Christians but you, a doctor and me a missionary. I can't give up my calling and passion to be with you. I love you and I pray God gives you a wonderful wife."

Clouds came. Thunder roared. She twirled around picked up her sword.
Time lapsed, heaven clapped. The storm resounded in one accord.

She found herself in an un-reached land, among a people who’d never heard the gospel. They’d only been taught that the Bible was changed and their Holy book was the real truth. But many were open to hear the gospel. Some even eager to understand. She had to learn their language fast, for the clock of eternity was ticking and the hour of grace would soon be over.

Clouds came. Thunder roared. She twirled around, gave them a sword.
Time lapsed, heaven clapped. The storm resounded in one accord.

A small flock gathered around her as she breathed her last few breaths. She was old and full of days but reverenced by all. She had one last prayer on her lips.

"Father, send fourth more laborers into the harvest field. For the harvest is great but the laborers so few."

With that she joined the great cloud of witnesses and clapped along with heaven.

Tony gave her life to reach people with the love of God. The harvest fields are ripe all around you both near and far. What are you going to do?

The clock of eternity is ticking and the hour of grace is soon to expire.


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Brenda Rice 08/08/13
This is truly a lovely account of a faithful life. Tony made some difficult choices in order to remain faithful to her calling.

Thanks for sharing.
Sheldon Bass 08/10/13
I used the topic in the same way... "Great Minds?" This has a good message and well written. Creative and heartfelt. Good work. (But I was hoping I had an original take on the topic.) Honestly, I like your piece better than mine.
CD Swanson 08/10/13
A profoundly deep and powerful message. This story was well written and will impact many. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/16/13
Congratulations on placing 7 in your level and 30 overall!! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)