Home Read What's New Join
My Account Login

Read Our Devotional             2016 Opportunities to be Published             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge



how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level


submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners

Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.



how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: An Ominous Night
By Scott Sheets


A nocturnal forager eager for a meal rustled the tufts of spring plumage; the prostate form nearby startled at the sound.

What is that?

The weary intercessor conjoined his vision with the sound and captured a moonlit silhouette scurrying away.

Just a rodent. I wonder. Did I ever mend my net from that rat that got into it? I should really get a new net. That would be so nice out at sea…What am I doing?

The man’s rugged, callused hands massaged his weathered face. Concentrate. Concentrate. I’m supposed to be praying. His self-rebuke inflicted more guilt than attentiveness.

Almighty God, I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but please help us. This has been such a strange evening, and this night seems so different. The air feels so heavy…

Why is that? The air does feel thick. I don’t like it. What’s that smell? It’s almost like smoke. Oh, a fire would feel nice right now. A nice warm fire…

Weariness wore on the man’s eyelids and his facial strength waned under its force.

So tired…NO! I can’t. Concentrate. I have to pray.

Adonai, I don’t know what to pray. What’s going to happen?

Shivers coursed through the man’s flesh, their source undetermined. The evening chill stepped forward as a candidate, but the ominous atmosphere of the evening rose as a strong contender. The man curled his legs to his chest and spread out his wool cloak as a shield from the cold. The shivers ceased and the somniferous arrangement urged his weary flesh to yield, but he knew he mustn’t.

Concentrate. Stay Awake. I need to pray.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come…

When will Your kingdom come, Lord? When will You overthrow our enemies? Is that what will happen tonight?

My sword. I could use my sword…my sword…fight…enemy…

The crisp air failed to repel the insurgent slumber that conquered the weary flesh of the man. He ventured into the heroic feats of subconscious fantasy. There the pagan vermin were dispatched with a mere brush of his valiant blade and graze of his potent fist. But in the midst of his midnight reverie and contrived significance, reality raced toward the cusp of history and his permanent place in it.

The scent of smoke unequivocally distinguished the air now and the flaming torches from which it derived flickered in the distance through the foliage. An isolated, solemn figure approached the dormant intercessor.

"Are you still sleeping and resting?" the Divine Son rebuked. Simon Peter’s body jerked at the authoritative sound of his Master’s voice.

"Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up and let us be going; behold the one who betrays Me is at hand!"

The tone of disappointment in his Master’s voice penetrated Peter’s heart. Anguish filled his soul. He failed. He wanted to pray; he was just so tired.

Concentrate. I have to concentrate. I can’t fail Him again?

scripture from the NASB

The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE

JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.

This article has been read 612 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Marlene Austin07/31/08
Your descriptive words let the reader feel the sleep-heavy setting. Nice job. ")
Lucile McKenzie07/31/08
Very well done! I did something similar a few challenges ago. You've done it much better than I did!
Patty Wysong08/01/08
Great use of internal dialog and conflict. Very well done!
Rachel Stone08/02/08
This was excellent!! I was not expecting the man to be Simon Peter. I love when writing does that! A creative and well-done entry!
Mary Hackett08/04/08
Typically I don't care for Bible dramatizations, but this one was good. Well done!
Deborah Engle 08/06/08
Excellent from beginning to end.
Helen Dowd08/07/08
Wonderful! And congratulations on second place. You deserve it. This was excellent, imaginative and spellbinding...Great writing...Helen