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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Easter (05/30/05)

TITLE: "0" Messages
By c clemons


"Good Grief!" Why was she feeling like this? "This had been an absolutely impossible bad day." Cecelia thought. Very glad that the week was finally over she had been looking forward to the long weekend. Work had been more stressful than usual this week and now traffic alternated between being at a standstill to a crawl. She very much just wanted to get home and take a long a hot bath. Maybe then the steady drumming in her head and the persistent indigestion would leave her and she could relax.

"A three day weekend, Yes!" she declared out loud. The company she worked for acknowledged Good Friday as a religious holiday leading up to Easter Sunday. Cecelia wasn't particularly religious but she was really going to appreciate having an extra day off to relax. A few of her friends had wanted her to join them at the movies tomorrow to see a new film about Passion Week. Some of them had seen it already and they said they were just blown away by the message of the movie. She had declined saying that she knew everything she needed to know about Christ's resurrection.

Cecelia finally arrived home after having been in traffic for over an hour. She was tired and felt more drained than usual. She decided against the hot bath for now, and thought a cup of tea would be better. As she prepared the tea she was wondering what would she tell her mother about not coming over for Easter supper. The holidays were always a time for family get togethers, and by Saturday everyone would be finalizing who would bring what for dinner. She just wanted to be alone this weekend and not be bothered with anyone.

Cecelia sipped her tea but the pain grew worse in her chest. "Something is not right," she thought. She got up and went to the front door and saw her neighbor Milli walking her dog. She called to her and in the short time it took Milli to cross the street Cecelia was short of breath. Cecelia asked Milli to take her to the hospital and after arriving there, her anxiety level was off the chart. Everyone at the hospital treated her symptoms seriously and after initial testing it was determined that she had not had a heart attack. But a couple of days stay was recommended to find out what was causing her discomfort.

She decided not to call the family and tell of them of her hospital stay for it would only worry them. During the night she thought about what was important and what wasn't. She even got the chance to read a Bible that someone had left behind. Cecelia prayed, something she had not done in a long time. She was tired of carrying burdens that the Word of God said she didn't have to. She was so thankful to God that every test came back negative that she shouted for joy. The pain subsided and she felt she did have a brand new prescription on life.

Cecelia knew when she got home she would have some explaining to do about her absence. When she was released her dear neighbor Milli brought her home. Glad to be home she eagerly went to check her answering machine and it showed "0" messages, no one had called! What a let down, she felt as though she was not even missed. She soon let that feeling pass and decided she was not going to allow herself those thoughts. Why value her worth to others by how many messages on her machine? God had shown her how much He loved and valued her when she had called upon His name. Cecelia smiled to herself because she had received what she had wished for "not to be bothered."

She turned on the television set and a Easter program was showing a clip of the film her friends wanted her to see. The message of His crucifixion and resurrection was very powerful. He took it all, carried it all so that she wouldn't have to. That was the only message that Cecelia needed to hear that day.

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Elisabeth Seiter06/06/05
I enjoyed the Story thanks for sharng.
dub W06/08/05
A very good story. Thank you, I enjoyed the reading.
Linda Germain 06/08/05
Very nicely done and with a good message.
Richard William06/10/05
What a wonderful story which conveys the love of Jesus Christ. Very well done. Congratulations, keep up your talent. May God bless you.
Shari Armstrong 06/10/05
I love the way it all tied together -from the answer machine messages that weren't there -to the message that she did get -the one that counted most!
Mishael Witty06/10/05
Good ending; great message. The beginning was a little hard for me to follow, though. For example, it would have been clearer, and more representative of people's thought patterns, if you used "has" in place of "had" in the sentence: "This had been an absolutely impossible bad day," Cecelia thought. Also, reword some of your sentences to cut down on the use of "helping verbs." That will make your writing stronger.
Michelle Burkhardt06/10/05
I liked your title. I wondered, "Why 0?" Explained very well. Nice job.