Retellings of Parables for the Modern Day

Hullo, friends! At the beginning of this school semester I decided to try and blog more this school year, since I hardly blogged at all last year, and September went by with a total of two posts. Whoops. So since I’m low on time for actually writing posts, I thought I’d look through some older short stories and such. While I was doing that, I remembered my New Testament class assignment where I rewrote two parables to make them more relatable to modern audiences. They were fun to write, so I thought I would share them with you guys. I’ve also included links to the original parables. Hope you enjoy!

The Parable of the Two Roommates

Original: The Parable of the Two Sons

“What do you think? There was an RA who had two students who were rooming together. She went to the first and said, ‘Hey, can you clean your room? It’s gotten too messy.’

“‘Sorry, it’s not my turn,’ the first roommate replied, but later she decided to clean anyway.

“The RA went to the other roommate and asked her the same thing. She said, ‘Sure!’, but she didn’t do it.

“Now which of these did what the RA asked?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “The criminals and sinners will enter the Kingdom of God before you. John came to show you how to be righteous, and you didn’t believe them, but the criminals and sinners did. Even after you saw that, you didn’t repent and believe him.”

 

The Parable of the Lost Child

Original: The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Now the criminals and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But several Bible scholars muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “What if one of you is at a camp with a hundred children and one of them wanders off? Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine behind to look for the lost child until you find him? And when you find him, you would take him back, relieved. Then you would call the other counselors together and say, ‘I found him!’ Similarly, there will be more celebration in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who don’t need to repent.

What do you think? Enjoy? Have you ever thought about rewriting a parable in modern-day context? Comment below with your thoughts!

August Contest: Character Creation With A Twist

Why, hello there! I didn’t mean to disappear this month, but how can I help it when I’m forced to go on a top secret mission to Russia? Or *cough* when I completely forget about blogging. Never fear, August will hopefully be better when it comes to posting.

That aside, let’s move on to the winner’s of the June Picture Perfect Writing Challenge. I had two entries, so instead of doing category winners, I’m just doing one over all winner, which happens to be…

The Writer’s Warning by S. K. Lupu

Congratulations, S. K. Lupu! I’ll be emailing you your winner button shortly. Check out writinganyone’s entry, too! Both contestants did a great job, and it was really close.

Now for August’s contest! I’m super excited about this one! You may (or may not) remember the contest we did in May, the Character Creation Contest. I got such a positive response from that contest that I’ve decided to do it again… only this time with a twist.

AugustContest

I am 99.9% sure that you’re thinking Why hospital? I’ll admit that it does seem very random and it would be the last thing I would pick for a topic… except that my current work-in-progress has quite a few scenes that take place in a hospital. Mostly in the children’s ward, to be specific.

I’m super excited! The prize for this month’s contest is a spot in the novel. Your character will be in the novel! Not as a main character, but as a sort of cameo… with a few speaking parts, of course. Please note that if you win and you would rather keep your character for you own stories, that is perfectly fine. You’ll have the title of winner, but second place will get the prize.

I don’t want to use specific pictures, since that would limit your options, but here are the categories:

1. Child patient

Information that must be included: Name, why they are at the hospital in the children’s ward (what sickness or disease), what condition they are currently in (bedridden, wheelchair, fairly normal), and of course their personality. PLEASE INCLUDE A PICTURE. Ages 5-13, preferably. Need help finding inspiration? Click here for some cute black-and-white kiddo pictures.

2. Nurse, doctor, or other hospital worker

Information that must be included: Name, position, what they usually do, and personality.

Your story can be on whatever topic you choose – their past, how they interact with others, how they are at work or the hospital, their family…

Submission Guidelines

1. Maximum amount of entries is one per category.

2. To submit, post your short story, with the contest button (above), and put a link to your submission in the comments belowOR, if you do not have a blog, you can submit your piece through the contact form on the Talk To The Writer page. (If you post your submission on your blog, tag it with “CCC Hospital Edition” and “The World of the Writer”.)

3. The deadline is August 31st, 2015!!!

If you have any questions, ask below! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Got an idea for a contest? Submit it using the Talk to the Writer page.

Dear Child – A Letter From God

Obviously not really from God. Please enjoy, share, and comment.

Dear Child,

I have heard you.

I hear your cries when you are in pain or hurting. I hear your prayers when you need help or healing.

I know your struggles, your scars and your problems. I know the things you enjoy and the things that you hate. I know your pet peeves and I know the things that ignite a passionate fire within you.

Whether you’re happy or sad, or angry and hurting, I will always be there for you. I’ll be with you in the light of day and in the darkest nights. I’ll never leave you or forsake you. I’ll never abandon you, and you’ll never be alone. You are My child, and I am always with you. I will help you in your struggles and heal your heartache.

When you’re hurting, turn to Me. I can heal the broken heart and put shattered faith back together again. I can fix any problem if you only call out to Me.

Even when you’re lost and don’t know what to do, I will guide you. I formed you in your mother’s womb, and I had a plan for you and your life before you were even thought of by others. Nothing can change that plan. No mistake that you make can make Me give up on you. I can always fix your problems and forgive you. No mistake is too big for Me. You are always mine, no matter what.

It doesn’t matter how far you stray; I will welcome you back with open arms. You are My child, and I love you. No matter what.

Love,

God