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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: Uplifted
By Sunny Loomis


It was a bright, cloudless spring day; new life blossomed everywhere.

Two young women and a man sat on rustic, wooden chairs in a small,
stark, one windowed room. They had been talking amongst themselves
about what had transpired during the past several weeks. One of the
women wondered if she could have spoken to a few more people.
The second woman was bowed in prayer.

A key unlocked the door to the room and a guard entered.

“ Time to go!

The trio stood and the smaller woman stepped forward.

“ This is OUR day. We will go gladly and together.” They smiled at one another, walking out into the brilliant sunshine
ahead of the guard on the way to their destination.

Each of the three had an extra bounce in their step. One of the women
had begun to sing a hymn, the other two quickly joining in. The praises
seemed to grow louder as they approached a five foot high stone wall.

Some of the rocks had small pockmarks in them and many jagged pieces
lay on the ground. The three stood in front of the wall side by side.

From the ranks, the guard walked towards them to ask his question.

“ Do you have any last words?”

One by one, each of them responded.

“ I am following in my Lord Jesus’s footsteps. He has never forsaken me,
even now.”

“ I will not deny my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

“ I do joyfully relinquish my life in order to be face to face with my
Dear Jesus.”

The hymn began again, their voices raised to Heaven, and a minute later
their souls followed.

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Laury Hubrich 02/08/08
Wow! This is something I just can't imagine having to do. I think about it and know that God would give me the strength and courage when and if the time ever came, but still, I can't wrap my mind around it. This was very good writing. I am wondering about your word wrap, though. Did you type it right on the screen? That is the only thing that really jumped out at me as odd. This was excellent. Thank you for sharing a very thought-provoking piece!
Joshua Janoski02/08/08
I would sure hope that if I was faced with this decision that I would make the choice that the characters in this story made. Very powerful writing.
Hanne Moon 02/09/08
This piece spoke to my heart, and I hope that if the time comes that I'm faced with a choice like your characters, that God will give me the strength to stand for Him. Very nicely done. Keep writing!
Shelley Ledfors 02/13/08
Wow. A very powerful entry! Well done.
Maxx .02/13/08
I'm glad I figured out the link from your hint ... this is very well done! Great job!
Lyn Churchyard02/14/08
The final sentence says it all: "The hymn began again, their voices raised to Heaven, and a minute later their souls followed."
So well written.
Judy Wilson04/25/08
From the title, i would say they kept good company with our Lord. Very thought provoking and the age old question, What would i do ? Great writing.
Anita Johnson10/16/08
This is something that is so true and that Christians should think strongly about.How many would be willing to die for Jesus?
Karen O'Leary12/21/08
What a wonderful testamony of the power of faith. Blessings to you for sharing it. Keep up the good writing.

Kingdom Citizen01/13/09
True. Amen.
Vickie Reece02/06/09
Wonderful! and well spoken. this article reminds me when this young girl at an high school was faced with death by an boy who had a gun to her face, and she was asked "did she believe in God" her response was "yes" then he shot her. so we all got to be ready. Thanks
Linda Settles03/25/09
This story reminds me of true accounts of modern day martyrs I have read in "Voice of the Martyrs" monthly magazine. There are more people dying for their faith around the world today than at any time in history. Thank you for reminding us of the courage and faith of those martyrs through your story.
Linda Settles
Barbara Thompson Young04/01/09
I knew almost immediately where you were going with this story. We need more stories like yours, and more so, we need to be people with such a steadfast faith in Christ, we are willing (should 'death for faith' be our earthly fate)to pay the price with a smile and a song. Blessings!
Carol Penhorwood 10/28/09
Very powerful!
Barbara Thompson Young02/10/10
This gave me chills. This subject is something we each need to think about because things are changing, rapidly, and we each need to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us, while talking in a relaxed situation, or while facing death.
Colleen Fischinger 04/21/12
Wonderful and moving article. And thank you for your review on my poem: The Rapture. I needed the encouragement as I am very new to FW. My FW friend, Judy Wilson -- is an amazing poet through whom the Spirit works/blesses. Blessings in Christ - Colleen Fischinger.