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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Cross Purpose
By Kim Sandstrom
08/18/06


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I ‘ve been taken to the Cross,
by the worst that life can offer,
and that has got me thinking…
really thinking
about
The Cross.
I understood the Cross
more deeply
by watching
my own child suffer wounds
so similar to You, My Saviour Son…
that we could only look at one another
(and not dare tell a soul what we saw
for fear they’d call us crazy.)
I watched her on a cross
(though padded and wheeled
it was a cross nonetheless.)
We bore her to her cross
and stood beside her
and I lay beside her...
(sometimes)
until she was taken away.

And that is when I thought of Your mother.

Now I stand beneath Your Cross Lord.
I stand with Mary.
I weep with Mary.
I feel Your tears for her
Your protection for her
and Your love for her
I share that with Your mother, Lord.

I think of Mary so often.

There is the Creed too, Lord,
You have heard of it, I’m sure.
In Nicea the men gathered
and filled out the form
on all we are to believe.
They did a good job Lord and there is this one
part,
that really gets to me...
more than all the rest,
it is the part about
“The Communion of Saints”.
It says we share this Communion
with You
because of the Cross,
and because of the Cross,
I am in Communion with You
and because of the Cross
I share Your communion
with her,
because she is a saint,
a Real,
Living,
Eternal
Saint.
The Creed You let be written says so.
I really
Love
that part Lord.
And all this
that I am beginning to see
is because
of the
Cross.


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Kim Sandstrom08/26/06
I am not happy with my entry. I wrote to the writing challenge instead of writing what was in my heart to write. I am not going to submit work to the challenge anymore, unless I believe that it came from a natural creative impulse. It could happen serendipitously (whew!) that the creative impulse and the challenge word bump into each other the same week, but this poem did not meet my personal criteria and I do not think it is a worthy piece, especially given the beauty of the subject.
Corinne Smelker 08/28/06
I find it interesting that you made that comment about your work, because when I read this I was so moved by what you wrote.

I have to disagree that you can't write to the topic and be inspired at the same time, and writing to a topic is a great way to hone your skills, especially if you're looking to publish.
Kim Sandstrom08/28/06
What bothered me about my piece, is that I was not inspired to write about the Cross of Christ, so I had to work at it in a way that I didn't feel led to do. I won't do that again. I think the word challenge is an excellent motivation to write, but some advice was given to me early on here by an experienced writer at Faithwriters about not "forcing" my writing and I have to agree with her. Were I to write this again, I would focus on the theme of the Creed and hitchhike on that message quite a bit more. The first half of my work, I think, is awkward and forced and deliberately written to the topic. The good thing to come out of writing this, is that the topic of the Communion of Saints, one that I had wanted to explore, now has a window.
Kim Sandstrom08/30/06
I have rewritten this piece and posted in general submissions. It is called The Creed and The Cross.