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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: Lifted Up
By Carol Shaffron
02/07/08


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Tears trickled onto his feet washing away the dust from his long journey home. Gasps, stares, and glaring eyes went unnoticed as she washed and kissed his feet. Nothing could deter her adoration and devotion to the one who saved her life. She never missed an opportunity to sit at those feet whenever she could. She followed him everywhere and even the disdain of those that filled the large room could not prevent her from expressing her love to him.

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Wondering how he ever got to this place at the table with the Rabbi, the despised tax collector hung on every word that flowed so eloquently and graciously from the Master's tongue. No one had ever spoken with such authority or grace. Furthermore no Rabbi had ever backed his word with action. The Rabbi's influence had prompted the hated tax collector to pay back most of what he had collected over and above what was required since he had begun to follow this man who spoke as the oracles of G-d.

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Cursing had once spewed from the rough fisherman's mouth when the nets had broken once too often for his liking. But he loved hauling in those nets filled to overflowing with fish that commanded a good price at the market just like his father and his father's father before him. And he had made a very good living at it too. Now sitting at the table with the Master he wondered where his life would take him. Little did he know it would influence multitudes for years to come and fulfill the promise G-d made to father Abraham. Little did he know the nets of his testimony would pull in such huge hauls of converts for the one he had come to love.

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Yes, Father had chosen well the company for his son. These offscouring of the world would come to love him more than their own lives. And God would display his glory through the very ones the world despised.

There's no telling what unconditional, limitless love can do as evidenced by the life of the very gift of love himself.


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Laury Hubrich 02/09/08
Very good descriptions of the different Biblical people that lived and worked beside Jesus! Keep up the good work!
Laury
Glynis Becker 02/11/08
I really like your descriptions. I think having editing out a few unnecessary phrasings and adding some scripture references could turn this into a great devotional! Nicely done!
Debbie Wistrom02/12/08
Don't be afraid of using all 750 words., you have myuch more to tell, I can feel. You have a heart for scripture, so go for it, BIG. Keep it up!