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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: It's a Colorful World (12/03/09)

TITLE: In Contrast
By Nikki Rosen
12/09/09


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I had lived in darkness for a long time. Horrible darkness. I was immersed in it - with the people I knew, the things that were done to me and the lifestyle I lived. As a child I was beaten and called vile names by both my parents. They instilled a deep self-hatred in me and a belief that I had no right to exist. As an older teen, I was kidnapped, held for six months and raped. When I finally managed to get free, I couldn‘t function. My life spiralled even deeper into a black hole as I sought solace in drugs, self-injury and a refusal to eat.
Neither hospitalization, imprisonment nor drug rehabilitation worked to free me from the chains that kept me stuck in a cycle of pain, despair and hopelessness. Nothing worked. Nothing until He touched me – in a hospital – under oxygen. I heard a voice whisper, “pray in my name.” Pushing away the oxygen, I sat up and in a voice hardly audible, spoke the name, ‘Jesus.’ I knew at that moment Someone touched me. I felt the chains falling away. I knew I had been freed. My eyes were opened.

Two weeks later I was released from the hospital. As I walked outside, my eyes drank in the sights and sounds. I stood in awe looking up at the trees, the mountains and the sky. I remember thinking how brilliant in color they were and how their texture appeared like velvet. The darkness I had been accustomed to for so long had been replaced by vivid colors that filled my senses and created joy reverberating through me. How had I never seen the beauty and myriad of colors before? I thought of the words from a well known hymn, ‘once I was blind, but now I see.’
He had opened my eyes and showed me the fullness and richness of the world He created - a world bright and rich in color. In contrast to the darkness I had lived in for so long, I now walk in a world full of brilliant color.


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Jan Ackerson 12/11/09
What an awesome testimony!
Sunny Loomis 12/15/09
Beautiful! You have quite a witness.