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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: A Small White Cross
By Shari Armstrong


“Good morning, Miss Alba.” I leaned down to give the shorter lady a hug.

”Good morning, my love. Where are my babies?” Her thick Filipino accent sometimes made her difficult to understand, but her hugs never were.

“Good morning. The kids are downstairs in class.”

”Ah. Such pretty babies you have. If I were still teaching, they would be in my class.”

I smiled. “Thank you.” I looked behind her and noticed her husband was not in their pew. “How is Albert this morning?”

”He’s not so good.”

”I’m sorry to hear that.”

“Thank you.” She grasped my hand and patted it. “I have something for you.” She walked up to her pew, returning with a small envelope and handed it to me.

I opened it, discovering a crocheted white cross with a little red ribbon at the bottom. “It’s beautiful. Thank you.” I gave Alba another hug.

“I make these for people. I pray for them while I work on them.”

”Thank you. We really appreciate your prayers.” I saw Pastor and the song leader moving up to the platform. I gave Alba another hug. “I should go sit down now.”

I showed the gift to my husband and quietly told him about it.

”That’s really sweet of her.”

”Yes, it was.” I opened my Bible and tucked it into Hebrews 11.

* * * * *

I flipped through my Bible, looking for the scripture reference Pastor just shared, going past the small white cross. I notice that Alba and Albert aren’t in their pew this week. I said a quick prayer for them.

Maybe I should dig out my cross-stitch box after lunch and make some bookmarks of my own.

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Marilee Alvey02/18/07
A sweet, simple story with the words to match. Short and sweet. It draws the reader in to relax, sit a spell and breathe it all in.
Jan Ackerson 02/18/07
How lovely--I can just picture that little cross, and I feel as if I know Alma.

A possibility: write the little epilog all in present tense, to give it more immediacy.

I just love reading about the ways that even the smallest things can touch people's lives.
Julie Arduini02/18/07
A craft and a ministry. A very nice story, I enjoyed this!
Jacquelyn Horne02/19/07
I saw a small message here. One ministry encourages others to find some way to minister. How true.
Beth Muehlhausen02/21/07
This is a short clip describing the bigness of God's love working through people in little ways. Nice job!
Jeanette Oestermyer 02/21/07
I enjoyed this article. It's about caring, which is so wonderful, especially when one is on the receiving end. Also, the white cross struck home, as there is a wonderful lady in our congregation who makes a white cross for every new member. Wonderful article.
Joanne Sher 02/21/07
One good turn leads to another - love the simple, profound message of this, told in a lovely way.
Myrna Noyes02/21/07
I enjoyed reading this warm little story!
Patty Wysong02/21/07
I could feel Alba's love. What a treasure.
Joanne Malley02/21/07
A wonderful mixture of craft time and ministering to others. The sentence where you mentioned she prayed for each individual while she worked on their cross warmed my heart. Great job! Blessings, Jo
william price02/21/07
SOme stories transport me to a place, you led me to a heart. Yup, you're still one of my favorites. Excellent job. God bless.