These lessons, by one of our most consistent FaithWriters' Challenge Champions, should not be missed. So we're making a permanent home for them here.
I'll get to my homework later. Just want you to know you are loved and appreciated for the great lessons you provide.
I learn so much from you.
Mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance. -Jude 2 NIV
Homework - strong imagery - poetry
The radiant colors of the rainbow blinded my human eye...but
the glorious promise it beheld made me tremble inside.
The promise of tomorrow, a love so brilliant and true
I bowed my head before Him and whispered...
"Lord, I so love you!"
I'll give you a similar comment to this as I did on an earlier post:
On the plus side, a rainbow is something that's universally understood and cherished (who doesn't love a rainbow), so this makes an instant connection with the reader. And the image of trembling is also a strong one.
However--rainbows (and the fact that they symbolize promise) are such a common image that it's not bringing anything new to the reader. Similarly, the image of a bowed head is one of those Christian cliches. Could you find a fresh way to illustrate/symbolize the concepts of God's promises and your love for Him--something that readers won't have encountered before?
Let me start out Jan by saying how much I appreciate the lessons! They are awesome and have already taught me so much, so thank you!
Here's the rewrite: illustration of God's promise and my love for HIM
I lay on my beach towel basking in the sunshine surrounded by God's glorious creation,
which proves to me HIS unending love for not only me - but for all nations.
The sound of rushing water drowns me in His presence while
I softly whisper prayers of thanks for all HIS many blessings.
The birds are singing and crickets chirping, reminding me of HIS promises
which fulfills all of my yearnings.
As I said on the other thread, this is better. Since your writing is technically good, you can spend more time working on polishing it and making it stand out. Getting rid of cliches is one way to do that.
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