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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)

TITLE: To all in Rome
By Alica Hall


I heard the faint rumbling as the bus found its way over the bridge that spanned the river into the heart of Rome. I clutched my quiz book to my heart. I needed to study. I knew that everyone was counting one me, but I just couldn't take my eyes from the sights outside of the window. I was in Rome!

A small voice began to speak. A small, still voice, echoing what I would have been reading, if I had taken the time to open my book. “To all in Rome, who are loved by God and called to be Saints. Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”(Romans 1:7, NIV)
My head snapped up. I began repeating the words again and again. To all in Rome....I was in Rome. Was it really written to me. Were my preconceived notions of the Bible wrong. Yes, I had been told that the Bible was written to me, but now, all of a sudden, it was specifically talking to me. “...who are loved by God...” Yes I knew that Jesus loved me, but Wow! Now it was telling me so clearly, like it was a personal letter to me. How amazing! “...and called to be saints...” Called to be a saint? Me? Well, yeah I guess I am. That's cool. But it goes deeper than that. I am called to a higher standard. Those petty desires of youth rushed away. I didn't need to boy to be kissing me to be special. I was called to be a saint! That moment was one of those changing moments in my life. Nothing has ever been quite the same. It's the moment that provided the link between the Bible as being the book that I read and studied and the love letter written to me. It was the bridge, if you will. What an amazing transformation. What a divinely appointed moment. I was set apart for the Gospel of God. I was in Rome.

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Yvonne Blake 08/07/08
Very creatively written! How great it must be to actually walk in the places where Paul lived and preached. I'd also like to go to Israel someday.
I would have liked more..telling why you were there and what you saw while you were there.
Thank you for writing this.
Joshua Janoski08/08/08
That sounds like it would be such a cool trip to take. I hope to get to go there someday.

I too would have liked to know more. It would be cool if you took this and expanded on it to explain even mroe about your adventures and discoveries in Rome. However, you did a great job of conveying your message in the amount of words that you did use. Thank you for sharing! :)
Joshua Janoski08/15/08
Congratulations on placing #13 in the top 15 of your level, Alica. I hope you keep entering the challenge. :)
Karen Wilber08/16/08
Great message and title, I could feel your enthusiasm. Count me among those who would like to have known more about what was going on, read more description, and read more story to go with your excellent message. Don't be afraid to use up those 750 words. ;-)

Welcome to FaithWriters. I'll be looking forward to more stories.