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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: In The Carpenter's Hands
By Tiffany Secula
02/09/07


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The carpenter gazed lovingly down upon his creation. Crafted so many years ago alongside his father, it carried with it many wonderful memories. Though no longer the same beautiful piece he remembered, it still held some of its original features. Yet its long life of use had left it marred. Deep scratches and impressions remained from every toil and burden it had endured along the way.
He ran his hand slowly over its surface, no longer smooth and flawless. He would have to put a lot of work into refinishing this piece. Yet that is one of the most treasured lessons his father had taught him, no matter how beaten and worn, everything could be made new. He worked to hard to craft it in the beginning, making it just right, he could never dream of just tossing it aside. No, he had to work just as hard now to save it. It meant so very much to him.
Carefully he spread over the crimson cleaner and watched as it slowly began to erase all the imperfections life had put into it. No matter how lost it may have seemed, he would be able to turn it back into something beautiful, something he could use again for his work. He would be able to take away the rough edges. As he works, a little of him is left behind filling in the deep marks. He fills each of them with his love and acceptance and waits patiently for it to become what it is meant to be.
And so it is every time a soul decides to come to Christ. Feeling so lost and abused in the world, no longer recognizable through the sin and sadness. The Master Carpenter takes us in and cleanses away every stain with His blood and we become as new creatures. The Bible tells us this in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” NKJV
He crafted us out of His image in the very beginning, and now takes the world’s appearance away and refinishes us gently in his image again, recognizable to anyone as the work of the true craftsman who is perfect in all ways. He presents us to His Father as His children. He creates in us new purpose and puts us to work in his service, helping to bring others to his workshop for healing and cleansing. As with anything so lovingly crafted, we can always feel his strong and gentle hands holding on. Refusing to let the world steal us away and mar His beautiful work.


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Jacquelyn Horne02/15/07
Good comparison. Liked the analogy here.
dub W02/21/07
Good thoughts, fairly well presented, leave a space between paragraphs for readability, pay attention to punctuation. You might find a challenge buddy will help you a great deal.
Myrna Noyes02/21/07
This would make a lovely devotional piece! It contains a very encouraging message, and I thank you for sharing it with us! :)
Betty Castleberry02/21/07
I like the message. This is my favorite line: "As he works, a little of him is left behind filling in the deep marks." Thanks for sharing, and keep writing.
Kathie Thomas02/21/07
Good article. I agree it would make a great devotional. As mentioned by Dub, the way it is set out is important for readability. Good job!
Julie Arduini02/21/07
I agree with the other comments. Very solid writing, and some paragraph breaks will help for a smoother read. Keep up the great work!
Sara Harricharan 02/21/07
This is beautiful! I agree that spaces would make it much easier to read, but the message carries clearly through just the same. I loved the part with 'crimson cleaner' that was so right. Good writing and thanks for sharing your gift! ^_^
william price02/21/07
Very nice, great message delivered powerfully. A few tweeks with mechanics and you'll be the bomb. Keep up the great work and keep encouraged. God bless.
Clyde Blakely 03/11/07
My favorite line also was, "As he works, a little of him is left behind filling in the deep marks." Wonderful, eternal message. God bless and keep writing.