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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of ďA Stitch in Time Saves NineĒ (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: CREATION'S VOICE
By Emily Blakely
01/09/08


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Arctic icebergs rub and groan in their watery bed
Hurricane winds whip, whirl and howl with frightening voice
Puffs of smoke belch as volcano wakens from slumber
Wars of oppression resound with weapons and wailing
Buildings crumble like toys as the earth quakes beneath them
Creation does not sleep


"We know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together..," the New Testament writer declares. Today more than ever, media sources bring images of all the groanings of creation right before our very eyes. The Word of God brings understanding that all of creation seems to be waiting as if near a point of giving birth, its voice calling for deliverance, liberated souls, cleansed creation.

This verse by an anonymous author brings the focus to us as individuals:

Two little lines I heard one day
As I plodded on in my usual way;
And they rang in my ears again and again,
Repeating in solemn, sweet refrain:
"Only one life, 'twill soon be past;
Only what's done for God will last".


Seeing the devastation from any disaster reminds us how quickly manís monuments can be reduced to rubble. What we do in daily life may seem to be a plodding along, small and insignificant until put into perspective of the final verse above. In the end, what will all of manís wisdom, titles, awards, or wealth gain for him? Will it have value in eternity or vanish as a vapor?

Notes: Scripture quote is from Romans 8:22, (KJV), and the verse by anonymous is the first of four stanzas.


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Jan Ackerson 01/10/08
I really liked this! The free verse at the beginning was well-done, and the devotional was interesting and well-paced.
Catrina Bradley 01/10/08
A timely piece, with an important message. Love the free verse at the beginning. Not sure how "on topic" this is, but it could just be me not seeing it. I'll remember the image of "creation groaning." Good job.
James Clem 01/11/08
This is a good devotional piece complete with references. I was not able to see how it illustrates the proverb topic, but this is still a good piece.
Yvonne Blake 01/12/08
I love the imagery in the first few lines!
I would have liked to seen more of that. I had trouble seeing the topic.
Keep writing.
David F. Palmieri Sr. 01/18/08
"Highly Commended"...
Beautiful writing...the topic isn't an issue...the issue is that you're making "some" of "us" look really bad...lol...dave...
Joanne Sher 01/18/08
Congratulations, Emily, on highly commended in beginners. By the way, your piece also placed 31st overall. Great job!