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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: A Good Chance of Gloom and a Probability of True Rest
By Dee Washington


The little child raised his hands to be lifted into my arms. Too young to express or to even know his feelings, his eyes and his appeal to be held conveyed his despair. He draped his tiny legs across my lap and nestled his head on my bosom. With a half-smile, he looked up and rested his eyes at mine; he is safe.

I stroked the little one’s forehead and kissed him on his sweet brow; as I wrapped my arms around him, he tucked his arms beneath mine and I felt his body relax.

I don’t know what type of clouds may appear from a child’s view, but I suppose there are some. I don’t know the depth of his fear, and I can’t feel his despair, but right now I know that he’s feeling melancholy and maybe even a little sad. Nevertheless, the baby’s body eases in my arms. For a moment, he has found repose.

As his life goes on, the chance of murky trials are likely to take place for this little one. Life may well take him to dark and gloomy places and he will need a resting place; a place to hide when he is downhearted and dispirited. My heart speaks,

“You, grandmother, will be here to comfort him only for a little while; your arms are waning and they are momentary.”

Many times in my life, there have been gloomy skies. But, whenever I am feeling down and burdened – a little melancholy, just like this little child, I lift my feeble hands and appeal to the Father to lift me into his arms. Although I do not know how to verbalize completely or even know what to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes for me, and the Father understands my despair. He gently lifts me, and lovingly he envelopes me, and he wraps me safely in his bosom; there I find rest.

Jesus reminds me that, “… for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these(Mark 10:14 NIV).”

So, come little child and listen to me. I will tell you how to apprehend the kingdom of God - the God of all comfort and the Source of true rest.

He is the only One who will never leave you nor forsake you if you find yourself alone in dark times. When you are hurting, and life gets murky, you have a Heavenly Father to whom you may go to be lifted up. If you become sad and despairing, you can appeal to him for respite. If storm clouds appear in your life, and if gloomy skies befall, cry to him for “he [takes] the children in his arms, put[s] his hands on them and blesse[s] them(Mark 10:16 NIV.”

Only lift up your hands! You will find everlasting safety in him alone. In his bosom you will find never-ending repose, and your soul will find true rest in his eternal arms. Come little child; listen to me!

Outlook: World English Dictionary - 2. The probable or expected condition or outcome of something

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Joanne Sher 06/12/11
Beautiful descriptions in this piece, and a lovely message.
Nancy Bucca06/12/11
Very well worded. A nice, enjoyable read.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/15/11
This brought tears to my eyes as I thought of the many children who have no one to respond to their open arms.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/17/11
Congratulations for ranking 10th in level one!