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

TITLE: The Flooding
By Karye Willard
08/06/08


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My eyes scanned the flooded view of the Mississippi River. The high waters had covered the parks, the restaurant, and any other business in the low-lying area surrounding the river. There were two bridges that let traffic cross from West Central Illinois into Northeast Missouri. The bridge that allowed traffic from Missouri was covered in water on the lower side. And the bridge from Illinois had been rerouted to allow for two lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions.

There were news crews from all over the United States to tape the devastation caused by the flooding; people had come from all over the country to help sandbagging; and even a presidential candidate, probably just looking for some attention, had come to throw in his two cents about the relief efforts. It was sad to think about all the people in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois who had lost their homes, their livelihood, and everything they had accumulated.

I Am still here. They haven't lost everything -- they haven't lost anything.

That is true, I thought to myself. Jesus Christ the Lord is everything -- there is no need to fear death or hardship. He, with His life, paid for a bridge from this world into the Life (see John 14:6 [NIV]), and it can never be flooded or rerouted or destroyed. People need to be shown how to cross the bridge from tragedy to Christ. Not everyone will choose to do this, but those who do should know that just because they have crossed the bridge doesn't mean that hardship or physical death will never befall them -- rather they can and should learn Christlike ways to patiently endure -- to persevere.

You are Mine. I created you for this. Testify.

2 Timothy 1:8-10 “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”


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Yvonne Blake 08/09/08
This is a good devotional. It's sad that so many people don't have the assurance of knowing the Lord.
Well written.