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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: Ring of Fire
By Shari Armstrong


“I will stay!” I shouted with some of the other men around me.

I helped my friends break camp so they could go back. The rest of us didn’t understand the orders that were being given, but we had to trust. I looked around, and we still had a large army. Surely this would be enough men to conquer our enemy.

Those that remained moved down to the waters’ edge. Word filtered back through the army that we were to stop and drink before we moved again. My turn came. I knelt down and cupped some of the cool, clear water to my lips. I had barely finished my drink when some men directed me to join a group away from the river.

There were only a few hundred of us left. What were we going to do against our enemy? We could see them in the valley below. There were so many we couldn’t even count them. We waited for orders.

We were given a pitcher and a trumpet. Before dark, we were told to hide a torch in the pitcher. We spread out and quietly circled the enemy camp. Our orders were to wait for the signal trumpet and then break our pitchers, play loudly then shout. Until then, we waited for nightfall.

Suddenly a trumpet broke through the darkness, piecing the quiet. I broke my pitcher, holding my torch high. The shattering pottery echoed in the valley. I breathed in deeply as I moved the trumpet to my lips and blew long and loud. The notes vibrated through us.
I could see a ring of fire encircle the enemy.

Someone shouted, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” Others joined him. As we continued to play and shout, we watched the enemy turn on one another in confusion, falling by their brothers’ hands. Some ran away in fear, their spirit broken. The Lord had delivered the enemy into our hands that night.

The defeat was made complete after we pursued the enemy and took the lives of both their princes. God was truly with His people.

“And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.” Judges 7:20

Based on Judges 7:1-25

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Amy Michelle Wiley 02/14/06
Great story for the break theme! Good job. :-)
Jan Ackerson 02/16/06
Really great writing! I'd have liked to know more about what this soldier felt about his weapons. Did he ever wonder about their unconventionality? Your word choices are great--makes for riveting reading.
Georgiana Daniels02/16/06
What a great story brought to life. I've not heard this story in a long time. It seems like a lot of info for such a short piece though. Have you thought about expanding it into a full-length short story? I'd enjoy reading it because your writing style is clear and direct. Just a thought!
Pat Guy 02/16/06
One of my favorite stories! A joy to read this account! Excellent!
T. F. Chezum02/16/06
Very well writtem. As others have suggested I think this could be expanded upon. Good job.
Phyllis Inniss02/16/06
I'm not as familiar with this story as I should be, but I enjoyed the writing and the telling of it.
Anita Neuman02/17/06
Great job, Shari! Your writing has a really nice flow to it - it's so easy to follow. I, too, would've liked more of this soldier's perspective on the strange orders. This was a great take on the topic, though, and your title is brilliant (even though I didn't get your hint right away. Duh!)
Crista Darr02/17/06
Well done, Shari! I would like to see this a first person account. What was he thinking, feeling at this time? Any doubts, fear, faith? Cool idea and wonderful title!
Maxx .02/17/06
This is very well written. Polished, smooth, balanced. A great retelling of this story.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/18/06
A rewrite of the Gideon story, and you made it so exciting! A wonderful read of a great Bible Story, and written brilliantly. (I do believe you meant "pierced" instead of "pieced", however) I love Bible stories, they never cease to connect, challenge and increase my faith! Thanks!
Brandi Roberts02/20/06
How neat is that! I was just watching "The Sons of Israel" series and it was talking about this very thing! Well written, Shari! I enjoyed!