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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christian Baptism (10/18/07)

TITLE: A New Life
By Shawn Smith
10/18/07


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Standing on the edge of the river, listening to the preacher speak of repentance, left me no choice but to reflect on my life. The story of a man without sin who was punished for mine rings through my ears and I am overcome with guilt and shame. To walk into the water would be to admit that I was the one who put Him on the cross. To stand here, proud and self-righteous, would be a lie.

Onlookers can not hear my thoughts and yet Iím afraid that if I take that step they will know that I am a sinner, perhaps the greatest of all. Will they mock me for my imperfections? Will they hate me for what I have done?

I deserve to live with the guilt of my sin. But He promises new life.

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 (KJV)

Like a soft, warm blanket, the summer sun brushes away the cool water on my face as I am lifted from the river. The same sun that shone on me just moments ago suddenly has a new purpose in my life. And my life suddenly has new purpose.


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Seema Bagai 10/25/07
I liked the image you creeated at the end of this piece. Consider expanding it so readers have some more details about this person.
Carol Shaffron10/25/07
Sounds like the minister or whoever prepared you did a very good job. Not all of us are instructed properly so we understand the significance of the symbolixm. Good glimpse of what baptism symbolizes.
Anothervoice Sunstar10/26/07
The conflict of the main character in wanting to stand still and yet knowing s/he had to go to the water was felt. Would like to one day read what brought the MC to this point. :)
Betty Castleberry10/26/07
This would make a nice devotional. I would like to see just a little more transition from the self doubt into the baptism. You expressed your thougths well. Nicely done.
Jeanette Oestermyer 10/27/07
Interesting -- it seems each one has a unique experience when they are baptised as a Christian. Keep writing
Beckie Stewart10/28/07
Like the sharing of baptism from this angle.
Deborah Engle 10/29/07
Your first 2 paragraphs were dynamite! I wanted to read more.
Loren T. Lowery10/30/07
Well-spoken (written) with the heart of a new being in Christ. Simple, but oh so true!
Brenda Welc10/30/07
Expansion would really make this piece stand out. Great job sharing your message, you sure got the topic pegged! Great writing!
kathryn johnson10/31/07
This article was very engaging to me. It made me think back on my own baptism...i think we all think like that on the day, but I hadn't seen it in print that way. Very insightful...you stirred my memories to the surface, of this significant event in my life. Keep on writing...God is using you!