Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.
Some more 50-word stories:
Yesterday’s Superpower, Today’s History Lesson
“Rome: the world’s greatest power for a thousand years. They governed, enforced laws, built roads, spread Latin. Roman citizens enjoyed a republican government similar to ours. Thus, the fall and sacking of Rome, a result of decadent, weakening years and army overextension…”
Bell, thankfully. Roman history—pointless for America, 2005.
April 20, 1999. Jefferson County, Colorado.
The young high-school student felt refreshed after praying with fellow Christians during break. They affirmed claiming Christ. Think Stephen. Could I do that?
Notes, friends, normal day. Then chaos, fright, Eric and Dylan with—guns? Pointing at her. “Do you believe in God?”
Moment of truth.
Could. Did. Died.
A Definition of Death
A machine drew each breath. Another pumped each heartbeat. Food flowed through limp vessels, bypassing the unconscious body’s mouth. Five years it lived, breathing, metabolizing, defecating. The wife wept seeing Harry thus—alive, trapped. The children begged his release—dad’s long gone. Yet warm hands, breath, blood: alive? Mindless: dead?
A New Try
SWhipping rain, howling wind, flashing lightning, pounding thunder: call down the elements in fury. Watch darkening skies open, releasing sheer power. Wash away black snow, rainbow gleaming oil, grippy sand, crinkled grocery bags, tired out shoes, ragged clothes, civilization’s tatters. Greedy gutters swallow, hide all. With time, perhaps, cleanliness returns.
Failure of Calculus
A brutal environment, the competitors showed no mercy. Every advantage seized, no quarter given, all resources exploited fully. Individuals battle viciously, claws raking; strongest survive, weak fall by the wayside. Females claim males, territory, in no-holds-barred contests. No ecological equation could describe the interactions between high school students.