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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: He Truly Loves Me
By Marilyn Klunder


Her thoughts wondered from the mechanics of driving her car to her heart cries to the Lord. Her car radio was still set on a secular radio station and playing secular songs. Her thoughts drifted back and forth from the reality of driving to the spiritual mess of her life. Since her baptism, she had been unable to think of anything else except how a God so wonderful could love someone like her. She had been reading her Bible every night and it revealed the ugliness of sin; especially the ugliness of her sin. It was like a beacon light that showed every dark corner of her life and she was saddened deeply to think that the God that loved her so much had to see her covered in her sin.

“How ugly I must look to You,” she said out loud, and tears filled her eyes. She tried hard to keep her attention on the road. She thought of her years before her rebirth. She thought of the broken marriage, the lies she told, and her unfaithfulness. She thought of the pain of her children and the loss of relationships she adored.

“Oh God, could you ever forgive me; will your eyes ever look upon this child and see anything other than the mire, and filth of sin,” she cried. If she had not been in the heart of after work traffic she would have literally dropped her head and wept. Instead, she wiped the tears from her eyes and continued to drive.

And then, to her amazement, she heard the words to the song playing on the radio. It was as though God had reached into the car and turned up the volume so she could hear nothing else. Her sorrowful heart leaped for joy, and her sobs became mixed with laughter. The words she heard were, you will always be beautiful in my eyes. At that one moment of time God used a simple secular song to send a message of love to a child’s broken heart.

“Thank You, thank You, Lord Jesus!” She raised her hand in praise and the tears flowed, not in sorrow, but in heavenly joy.

“He truly loves me,” she whispered.

In our darkest moment, in our deepest despair, God in His infinite mercy reaches out to us and soothes our aching soul and shattered hearts reassuring us of His unfailing love. It still amazes me today that He would give so much attention to someone like me, a sinner. His healing touch and His loving grace is there for anyone who would simply ask and follow.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
--Isaiah 61:1b-3b

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Donna Powers 03/15/07
Oh, I can totally imagine this. You painted this moment so realistically. A wonderful story. Well done!
Jacquelyn Horne03/16/07
Beautiful story of a loving Savior responding to his child's need. Yes, it's amazing that he loves us still, in spite of our past. Good writing.
Patty Wysong03/26/07
Such a good job! The message was crystal clear and the descriptions were great. What a Great God we have!! :-)