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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Help (02/20/06)

TITLE: An Adulterer's Plea
By Jeff Ford


I have so many thoughts running through my mind, O Lord. I keep replaying certain events, like a CD that skips incessantly from an invisible scratch. But this situation is anything but invisible. How does a Christian man from a Christian home with godly parents end up a slut and slave to his own flesh? Sin never ceases to amaze me.

There are roughly 200 employees at the school, but how many of them have had an affair? And of those few who have engaged in infidelity, how many of those have pleasured in a student? Forget my high school, what about in the United States? And of those sick, molesting cheats who have deceived their spouses with a student in their care, how many of those have conceived a child? When sin seeps in, her tentacles slither like a snake, cleverly gripping to her unassuming foe, at which time her quest of darkness is nearly complete. Unfortunately for me, I have seen first hand the effects of Satanís first maiden: sexual temptation.
I canít sleep right now. Iím really struggling with Alexa. I know whatís right and wrong. Iíve been taught the difference since I was just a boy. Jesus Christ is real to me. O God, I am beleaguered and overwhelmed. Please help me put together the pieces of this dropped puzzle. Your word says that man shall leave his home and be united with his wife and the two shall become one. You hate divorce. Then why are you allowing my wife to divorce me? And why, O God, do I partially hope she does? Why do I care for someone who played the Bonnie to my Clyde in the robbery of my marriage? GOD HELP ME!! Dear Lord, pour out your mercies on me! I am a dreadful, sinful man. I do not deserve your gift of grace, yet you chose me to receive it Ė I am not worthy! I am so utterly confused. Why, God? Why did I go through with the affair? What am I missing that I had to find it in another woman? And why an 18 year old girl? I have so many unanswered questions right now. Help me, O Lord, please; I need You now more than ever.

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janet rubin02/27/06
None of us are immune to such temptation. Satan likes for us to feel "safe" and above such things. When he succeeds in seducing us away into this kind of sin, we do indeed end up like broken puzzles and God is the only One who can put us back together.
Joanne Malley03/01/06
Now, that's a strong plea for help! At least this character knows where to turn. Strongly conveyed emotions. Nicely done.
david grant03/01/06
This guy needs to go see a pastor, or a counselor, or Dr. Phil, or somebody, before he falls apart! Whew!
David Ian03/02/06
I see remorse but not repentance. I see sorrow but not brokenness. I see damage control and not release. I'm sorry, I'm not sympathetic to the content of the plea. As a piece of WRITING, however, I think it effectively conveys the heart of the narrative and is extremely empassioned. I'm just not buying into it. Well done.
Rachel Rudd 03/06/06
What a plea for help! You wrote well the struggle of desperation after doing something that feels unforgivable.
Jeffrey Gante03/06/06
Hi Jeff,

Thank you for your critique of my Writers Challenge article, "The Biggest Entry".
I agree that the church needs to preach the truth about salvation and righteousness so no one is disappointed when they can't enter through God's doorway to heaven.

I also commend you for an honest portrayal of Christians' struggles with the flesh. Although we are crucified with Christ, the ghost of our flesh continues to haunt us.