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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: Painting Jesus
By Kurt Youngdale


Tommy arrived home from school and went straight to his room. Sitting at his desk, Tommy took out a plain piece of typing paper from one of it’s drawers and laid it before him. He carefully drew two straight lines which had the effect of dividing the paper into four equal parts.

He took out his Bible and it fell open to 1st Peter Chapter two. Tommy began to read.

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you.”

Tommy stopped to think for a moment. After a few minutes he began to draw the crude outline of a body in the square that was the upper left panel. He drew in the eyes and the nose and the mouth. In the torso of the crude figure he wrote ‘For Tommy’.

To the side of the crude body outline, he drew two stick figures with round heads. He drew straight lines for their mouth and triangles for their eyes. Underneath each figure he wrote a name. The two figures looked like they were hitting the crude outline. He continued to read.

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate;”

Tears swelled in Tommy’s eyes as he recalled something that happened recently. In the upper right corner of the page, He drew another crude body outline and wrote the same thing inside that he had wrote before. This time he drew the two stick figures like baseball players. They had hats and gloves and he it looked like they were throwing baseballs at the crude body outline. The baseballs had captions associated with them. One said ‘Tommy is gay’ and the other one said ‘Tommy is a geek’. After this he keep on reading.

“Hi himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;”

In the lower left corner, he drew two lines which formed the trunk and he drew circles for the leaves. Underneath the tree he drew a stick figure and a line connecting the stick figure with the circles of the tree. Next to the stick figure he wrote ‘Tommy’s sins’.

“now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

In the lower right corner Tommy drew a large stick figure and in the stick figures hand was a staff. Tommy drew a smaller stick figure next to the larger figure. Next to the smaller figure he wrote “Tommy” and next to the larger figure he wrote ‘Jesus’.

Tommy bowed his head an prayed.

When he was finished he went to the kitchen to show his mother. She checked the figures in each panel very carefully. She was silent for a long while before she spoke. “Sweetheart, “ she said, “ Jesus was crucified on a cross, not by hanging from a tree”.

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Donna Powers 01/27/07
This child sounds very creative. It's easy to understand why Tommy drew what he did, since there are many songs that say Jesus "died upon that tree". I love his way of expressing his feelings; sounds like someone taught him a way to share them. An interesting story. Keep writing!
Martha Ford01/31/07
Excellent content! You were able to weave scripture, pain, frustration and hope into a very real picture of life, while showing us the only way to cope--through prayer.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/01/07
Tommy was being bullied, and it's sad that his Mom didn't recognize what he was trying to say through his drawings; my heart went out to him...and this story was creative but needs quite a bit of editing; but with practice - makes perfect. Keep at it and soon you'll be a Pro. God Bless.