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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: She Bleeds
By Rachel Lerch


As a teen she found that cutting helped to dull her mental illness. The stabbing fear that she would drift off unnoticed could be abated with a slice. Though unseen, a sliver of hope dwelled there, the anchor to sanity. If she could no longer take it, there it was. Evidence of her torture would have to be believed... wouldn’t it?

It wasn’t so bad... heavy on denial, time would heal those wounds, and so it seemed. Popping up at mindless moments perhaps, but with a mighty will, they were mostly bound. And when she could no longer think, a drink would still the voices that shouted her shame.

But sweet! Those mid-twenties changed her life, she thought - marriage, kids, and the mark of stability... Jesus. Finally silenced, the cuts and pain were gone (surely they were gone) for who is the Great Healer? So glad, so glad that she was the calibre to be found in Him. Amen, and amen.

Scars and stitches hiding,

tucked away with razors

buried deep beneath

this new life.

‘Till the blade slipped against the fabric of her mind and it began to bleed. Anxiety, pain, and depression were resurrected in full power... all the things a Christian is not supposed to have, if they are doing it right. But the more she tried to overcome, the more things came undone.

Girl, do not reach for the hidden things.

Fresh cuts, fresh hope. Not in the Mighty Saviour, but in aching desperation for a human anchor. Sin. The fleshy mind not healed but broken. Denial stripped away and every hidden thing revealed. Who is this Christian who sins in such ugliness?

Does a Christian mother cut? She bleeds.

A follower drinks along the Way... and falls. She bleeds.

Does a woman have hope in Jesus when she sees no light of day? Amen. Finally empty, she is be filled with the blood of the Lamb. Look up dear girl. Through pain of dying mind, the Son shines through, and covers you. It is not the healthy who need the Doctor. It is the bitter, who need the Sweet.

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Sara Harricharan 06/04/09
I like the abstract voice and way this was written. There is a message in here. You did well with the characterization. Nice job and fitting title.
Stacy Wells 06/04/09
Very nice. You had me with the title and sealed me with the first paragraph. I wanted to know more.
Shirley McClay 06/04/09
This was poetic. And even powerful. Very nice.
Deborah Porter 06/12/09
Hi Rachel. I just wanted to leave a quick note to congratulate you on your Highly Commended award in Level 1, and to let you know you also did extremely well overall, ranking 32nd out of all the entries for the week.

Once again, it was a big week of entries, so you really deserve an extra pat on the back. If you would like to see the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August. It’s going to be an amazing time of inspiration, information and encouragement. (If I’ve already mentioned that to you, forgive me. We’re just so excited about letting members know about this great gathering.)

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Lisa Johnson06/18/09
How appropriate the message that it is not the healthy who need a doctor...and it is the bitter that needs the sweet. It is when we are finally empty of ourselves tha we can be truly filled with Him. I'm blessed in the reading of your story.
Thanks by the way for your kind comments about my story.