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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Pigs Might Fly (10/31/13)

TITLE: Impossible Possibility
By Frankie Kemp


Undeniably, the eyewitness gospel accounts are powerful because of the truth retold in them, but couldn’t the unfinished endings in some of the stories be just as life-changing? Not because they give us permission to create our own versions, but because they invite us to imagine the impossible. By peering in, wondering and devouring more scripture for answers, we might find ourselves seeing a world of possibilities previously unseen. What if pigs did fly, and camels did go through the eyes of needles? Consider this tale:

They sat around the same table in the same upper room they had sat a few months earlier. They could count the days since they had eaten that last meal with Him, but just as the days were countable, it also seemed to them as if they had been days from another lifetime—a separate kind of existence that they were not sure how to describe. Telling and remembering together what they had seen and were seeing happen in the lives of the people sent electric currents of physical responses, causing them to shiver as if they were cold, while at the same time coursing an opposing current of warmth in their bodies. He was there, but not there. So much more made sense to them, and they lingered over the things He had told them.

The knocking at the door hushed the stories. Another reality threatened. As belief had spread, so had the violent opposition. They knew that every time they preached in the synagogue they were angering the same court that had condemned Jesus. They still feared for their lives, but the same Grace that had poured the Spirit of their Savior down on them, empowering them to be His witnesses, was continuing to supply them with a boldness that had not been there before.

Peter stood up and moved to open the door. On the other side was Mary Magdalene, and with her was a young man dressed in the fine robes of his Levitical heritage. “This is Joseph of Cyprus,” she said. “He has insisted that he must speak to all of you.” her eyes communicated safety to Peter. He opened the door wider and welcomed Mary and her young companion into the room.

“Wait a minute,” said Matthew, “I remember you. You were there the day we tried to keep the children from Jesus, and He rebuked us. You questioned Him, then, and He gave an answer you did not like.”

The young man bowed his head for a brief moment but raised it again, thinly bearded chin quivering. “You are right. I went away that day very sorrowful and distressed in my soul. I walked away from Him. You see, I am a very rich and powerful man, even though I am young. How could I give that up to follow a no one from Nazareth? If I am to tell the entire truth, I have to confess that I played my part in the murmurings and disputing against Him. Yes, I was one of the pigs who wanted him dead.”

The men reclining at the table drew in hard breaths and poised themselves against the power of their own emotions. No one moved, and the young man continued, “I am no longer the foolish man I was on that day.” The tears begin to spill out of the eyes that looked above the heads of the seated men, and the speaker’s voice trembled. “I heard you, Peter,” whispered Joseph, leveling his gaze to look Peter in the face. “I heard you preaching that day,” his voice took on volume, “—that day that so many from so many different places heard so much on the streets of Jerusalem. Something in me changed. It was Him. Really, it was Him I finally heard and believed. I have tried to find all of you ever since. I know that it will be hard to trust me because I once walked away. . . Please believe that I know now what I didn’t know before, and I see. I have felt the mercy of Almighty God. Now, I cannot walk away. I have sold a field and brought you the money. Take it and use it to spread His message.”

Awe filled every heart. Once again Jesus’ Word proved true. Hadn’t He told them that all things are possible with God?

“Come, Brother, share our table.” Peter said, embracing the rich young ruler.

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Ellen Carr 11/07/13
Great story! Wonderful punnery! I think I may have guessed the author correctly too. Most amusing and a great read. (I had the final line planned as my punchline and started 2 poems which were going to end that way - neither was finished or entered.) Well done, and much better than mine would have turned out, had I completed it.
Ellen Carr 11/07/13
Apology to the author of this entry. I somehow, accidentally put the comment for another entry on yours. Please ignore the above. I'll return with a relevant comment.
Ellen Carr 11/07/13
What a moving story. I imagine that such things did happen in the days of the early church as the many joined. Very well-told and a really good and subtle way of approaching the topic. Well done!
Danielle King 11/10/13
This is a well written story and you've covered the topic superbly without a mention of flying pigs. (Well maybe just the one pig, but who's counting!) You set the scene well and wrote from a different and interesting perspective. Good job!
Bonnie Bowden 11/10/13
Your story really made me think about God making the impossible possible. Maybe this young man really did repent at some later time.
lynn gipson 11/10/13
Touching and inspirational. This moved me in such a delightful way. Very well done!
C D Swanson 11/10/13
Moving, touching and inspirational. Thank you.

God bless~
Allison Egley 11/10/13
Oh, I like this. Nice job, in taking a unique POV for a Biblical fiction piece.
Judith Gayle Smith11/11/13
This perfectly demonstrates why you are in the "Masters" category. So well written, gripping, and loving.
Ralph Leavers11/12/13
Unfortunately we do not have much information on the day to day goinigs on of those who witnessed Christ first hand and then had to go on and do the things he had taught them to do. Much like we don't know much of his first thirty years. I think you did a great job of portraying what might have happened in this situation and countless others as this fledgling group of disciples obediently went forth to spread the Good News!
Danielle King 11/14/13
I thought we might see this piece in EC. Congratulations on a well deserved win.
C D Swanson 11/14/13

God bless~
Bea Edwards 11/20/13
So much of God's workings are a mystery and you did a fine job with this beautiful possibility!