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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Enter (02/27/06)

TITLE: Brian's Song
By Kathy Bruins
03/04/06


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“He left town! What do you mean?” I shouted into the phone.

“I’m sorry, Mrs. Valley, but the court is unable to find your ex-husband to collect child support. The police are trying to locate him, but he may have left the state.” The court clerk added that they are doing everything they can, but no child support will be paid until he is found.

Anger entered into my soul, followed by fear of being unable to make ends meet. Finances were already tight; how would I ever be able to keep this apartment? We moved here six months after the divorce, and although it wasn’t at the high-end of town, my young son, Brian, and I made it our home. How could I keep Brian feeling secure? He hasn’t seen his dad for about a year, and has been asking hard questions. His five-year-old heart doesn’t understand the bad choices his dad has made. It’s so unfair that Brian has this pain to endure.

The next morning, getting out of bed to face the people at church with a smile pasted on my face was the last thing I wanted to do. I can’t even tithe. Perhaps we should just stay home.

Brian came bounding into the bedroom and leapt onto the bed. “Mommy, it’s time to get up and go to church!”

“Honey, I was thinking maybe we could stay home today.”

His face instantly turned from bright and beaming, to pinched and scowling. “No, Mommy, we can’t! I have to sing in front of church today with the other kids. You have to see me. We worked hard on our song. Please Mommy!”

“Okay, okay…I’m getting up. I’m sure your song will be great, Honey.”

As the children filed into the church and lined up in front, I saw Brian standing in the front. He was so excited. I was touched by the little wave he gave me. How could I have thought about staying home?

The music began. The children began to march in place. Together, they shouted out their song, “We shall enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts. We shall enter His courts with praise!”

The tears burned in my eyes. I had not entered today with a thankful heart. I have so much to be thankful for today. My precious son showed me that in his song. Please forgive me, Lord. Your precious Son has given everything for me. My heart is so thankful and ready now to worship You.


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Jeff Ford03/07/06
"His five-year-old heart doesn’t understand the bad choices his dad has made."

At the end of the article, the woman is thankful for her son, and for everything else that Christ has given her, but is she thankful that God has forgiven her own sins? And will she ultimately take Christ's lead and forgive Brian's father for all of his "bad choices?"

Rachel Rudd03/09/06
I liked your idea...but I had trouble with what felt like an abrupt ending.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/11/06
A very touching story. Thanks for sharing. I liked it very much.