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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: I Can't Get No Satisfaction
By Lucian Thompson
10/11/04

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“Ma’am, put the gun down and let’s talk. You don’t want to do this!”

“Get away from me or I will pull the trigger!”

“Okay…okay, I’m not going to come any closer, just, please put the gun down. I won’t try anything if you will just tell me what I can say to show you this is a mistake.”

“Mistake…my whole life is a mistake! Nothing has ever turned out right for me. What makes you think I want to hear anything you have to say? What do you think you are a priest, or something? You are just a cop!”

“Would you like me to get a priest here for you?”

“No…just go away. I know what I want to do. I can’t take it anymore. I want to die! My husband left me. He said I didn’t satisfy him anymore. He keep singing that stupid song, ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,’ just to taunt me and belittle me, then he just walked out the door one day and never came back. My kids hate me. They tell me it’s my fault their Daddy left! It has never been easy for me! There’s no love in my life, no joy, no reason to live. Just go...leave me alone.”

“Oh, lady, their has got to be something to cling to. What about your kids? Kids always say hurtful things, but I know yours must love you. You are their mother and children need their mothers! Think about what this would do to them. They would be marked for life!”

“No, No…stop it! Leave them out of this. I have nothing to live for. Please…I…I want to end this pain.”

“Ma’am, I just can’t let you take your life. Life is precious. Tomorrow offers a new day, a new chance at happiness. Sometimes we have to experience pain just to know what joy is all about. I don’t have all the answers, nobody does, but I do know things can change for the better. Please give me the gun. Don’t make me witness something that will tear me up inside.”

With that statement, the lady lowered the gun to her side and began to cry uncontrollable. I seized the moment and rushed forward, grabbing the gun from the, would be victim. She fell into my arms sobbing and moaning like I have never seen before.

Thank God, she recovered from her death wish. That was over twenty years ago. Several months ago, I was attending a Faith Satisfies seminar at a big church in my town when a strikingly beautiful lady came up to me and asked me if I were the Thompson that used to be a cop. After informing her that I was, she grabbed me and hugged me like I was her long lost brother. Being a little shaken, I asked her if everything was all right. She blurted out, between sobs, that she was the lady I had talked out of shooting herself those years ago.

To make a long story short, she went on to tell me how she got into a church and found a reason to live in Christ Jesus. She reminded me that I had told her tomorrow offers a new day and a new chance at happiness. She never thought that could happen for her till she found the Lord.

After seeing how close they came to losing her, her children came to her side and supported her with the love she so desperately needed.

She then turned to point out one of the speakers at the Faith Satisfies seminar as being her husband. Yes, the one who left her! They got back together after she found the Lord. Her faith and commitment brought him to the saving knowledge of Jesus and the rest is history. He started testifying, in churches, about not getting any satisfaction in his life and marriage, and it grew into lectures, and then life changing seminars like the one I was attending.

Small world doesn’t even begin to say it. What were the chances of all these events coming full circle to a different kind of meeting of the parties involved? Divine appointment…yes, I truly believe it was.

Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.


Member Comments
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Susan Coltrane-Dunn10/18/04
Oh my Luc, you did it again. You made me cry so early this morning. Great Story. Thanks for sharing. God Bless.
Teresa Lee Rainey10/18/04
Yeah, I wasn't expecting to cry on this one either, but those pesky tears caught me by suprise. At least they are tears of joy for this lady and her family. This is a beautiful story, Lucian. Praise God this woman found her satisfaction in Christ! :)
darlene hight10/18/04
What a great testimony! I loved what you told her when you said please don't make me witness something that I will have to live with or the way you said it which was great!Love these stories keep them coming.
Rita Garcia10/18/04
Lucian, A well written heartfelt story. It is marvelous how God brings us from our darkest time in His amazing light. Blessings, Rita
Dori Knight10/18/04
another great job, lucian! and what a "satisfying" ending! blessings!

dori
Mitzi Busby10/18/04
Wonderful job, as always. God Bless. Keep 'em coming.
Lucian Thompson10/18/04
Wayne, you ask, “How many more of these tear jerking stories do you have?” As a former cop, more than you can imagine; as a pastor, I can’t even begin to say!” As for the grammatical & punctuation errors, you should have taught me better.lol
Cyndy McNaul-Nelson10/18/04
Lucian;
Very good. Everything does come full circle if we live long enough. I stress that a lot with those considering suicide, because of life's unfairness. If we live long enough, we see God's full work in our lives in behalf of His vengence for us. Another good story. Another good testimony. Well deserved moment of satisfaction for you working to further God's kingdom. Thank you. cyndy
Mary Elder-Criss10/18/04
Absolutely wonderful piece. Thank you for sharing such a moving testimony of the goodness and mercy of God's love and grace. What a blessing it must have been for all involved to meet again. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Glenda Lagerstedt10/18/04
This story gives me the same sort of feeling I get when I see a dewdrop on a rose petal in the early morning sun. Breath taking. Great job both as police officer and writer. Keep these stories coming. Don't you think that together they would make a great book?
Karen O'Leary10/18/04
Wonderful story! Good job. Thank you for sharing this.
Karen
Joanne Malley10/18/04
Lucian,
God spoke some powerful words through you to that woman of long ago. If we let him (like you did), he can work wonders! A happy ending for all!
Joanne
John Hunt10/18/04
Awesome story, Lucian.
I don't know whether I envy you for not having to have walked in your shoes, or whether I thank God that I didn't.
In any case, your articles are always filled with gripping experiences and timely lessons.
Good job!
Jean Boulmay10/19/04
Lucian,
Your stories make me cry for several reasons. One reason is they are so beautifully written, and they touch me deeply. Another reason is, I know God is using you through the talent he has given you. As a Christian, what more could any of us want, than to know we are being used for His glory.
Sheila Boyd10/19/04
Good job.
Jesse O'Handley10/21/04
Very gripping story. well done . thank you
Verlie Ruhl10/21/04
Your article was profound for me, as I spent a good part of this morning trying to help my boss track down an employee who had left a suicide note at the front desk. My husband (who works at the same company) is in the same department as this lady and has tried hard to be an encouragement to her, so today was especially rough for him. We believe that she is mentally a little more stable this evening--thanks so much for the reminder that God can and does change lives.
Blantina Jones10/23/04
What a wonderful God we serve! We don't always get the opportunity to see the fruit of our labor, but once in a while, it pleases Him to give us a glimpse of His wonderful and mysterious ways. Glory to God! Well done.
Phyllis Inniss 10/23/04
Great story Lucian. You got satisfaction alright. Thank God.
Jan Warrick10/23/04
Wow! Very good. Helps me remember that it is important to do God's bidding everyday because we never know what the final results will be.
Kenny Paul Clarkson10/23/04
Lucian, This is a powerful story. You oughta write a book on your life as a cop.

Marina Rojas10/24/04
I knew someone was going to do the "old song" bit, but I never imagined it would be so wonderful. This piece is good. Hawaii 5-0 and out.