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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME
By LEELA ABRAHAM
10/06/06


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TOPIC FIRE FIGHTER

TITLE HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ME

The forest fires were spreading and smoke was coming from the distance into our residential area. We packed up valuables into the cars in case we had to evacuate. Hundreds of prayers must have gone up all around. All day the TV channels relayed updated news about the intensity of the fire and dangers it posed. Hundreds of fire fighters worked hard but could not subdue the flames. Suddenly the direction of the hot winds changed, it carried the flames to greater destruction and loss. The fire men tried to move to safety but three of them were burnt alive. They were directly in the fire line and could not escape. Several homes and acres of wooded area were razed to the ground before the fire was brought under control.

What a tragedy? What losses of human lives, property and money. The fire fighters had given up their lives on the line of duty. All of them, can you imagine, had left their families in the morning hoping to return for dinner. How can one fathom or comprehend the reaction of children and spouses? Several citizens working in professions like the military, police, national guards and fire fighters too leave for work each morning with no assurance of returning home at night. Praying for their safely is our responsibility because they put their lives on the front line so that we can be safe.

In the Book of Amos chapter 4:11, we read that God has plucked us out as sticks from the burning fire and yet we do not turn to Him. Our God has made a way of escape through the Lord Jesus Christ He gives eternal life to all who will turn to Him in faith. Many times God has give us opportunities to taste and see that He is Precious. He has been longsuffering and patient. Some fire fighters bear scars on their body when they are exposed to adverse conditions while working. In order to save a child or adult they do not think about themselves or their safety. Their motto is selfless sacrifice. The Lord Jesus Christ was wounded, bruised, chastised for our iniquities and by His stripes we are healed. (Isa.53:5.KJV)
Are we willing to respond to His love and suffering for our sake?
We need to believe in His love and enjoy Heaven in the future.
Come to the Savior make no delay. There is no friend like the lowly Jesus.


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Jan Ackerson 10/13/06
Nice job--your first paragraph was particularly good, as your reader can practically hear the crackling of the flames.

If I were reading this as a non-believer, I'd be very puzzled by your last sentence. I recognize the phrase "lowly Jesus" (it's from a hymn, right?), but it doesn't seem to fit the rest of the piece, and it might tend to confuse.

Your metaphor of Jesus as fire-fighter is spot on...very nice.
Donna Emery10/14/06
This is very nice, and reminds to me stop and think of all the people who risk their lives daily for our safety.
WENDY DECKER10/18/06
This is a good story. You could make the writing tighter if you took out un-needed words, and used stronger verbs.

The forest fires were spreading and smoke was coming from the distance into our residential area. We packed up valuables into the cars in case we had to evacuate.

Example: The forest fires were spreading and smoke travelled from the distance into our residential area. We packed the car with valuables in case we were forced to evacuate.

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