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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)

TITLE: The Gifts
By Margo McKenzie


I didn’t know what to get my grandmother for her 70th birthday. She already had everything, so I wanted to make this gift special. Instead of the local department store, I found myself in an art store, and I was drawn to a picture of three women. They were in line and in profile-pose staring in the distance. Smooth skin, chins tilted slightly upward, eyes looking directly ahead. Grey hair, followed by salt and pepper hair, with no grey at all bringing up the rear. This tri-part picture displayed postures of power, expressions of confidence and eyes of determination. This was it!
I wrapped it in a gift bag and took it to my grandmother. “I just wanted to thank you for being such a great role model for my mother and me. Happy birthday. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
“Thank you so much, Baby.” She took the gift out of the shopping bag and studied the picture in silence.
“I have just the place for this fine work of art.” She removed one old picture from the wall and replaced it with my gift. “You know why I put that picture there? So that those three women could look at the gift your mother gave me before she died.”
To the right of my gift was another picture of a cross with lettering superimposed on top which said: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
“Don’t look to me. I might just let you down, and I won’t always be here. Look where I’m looking and where your mother always looked for wisdom and strength—to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit -- that threefold cord will never let you down and will never be broken. And that’s my gift of words to you-even though it’s not your birthday.”

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Genia Gilbert04/19/12
Lots of love and good guidance here. It would be a little easier to read put another line space between your paragraphs. But I enjoyed reading it.
Genia Gilbert04/19/12
oops. That should read "if you" put another line space..." Sorry.
Laura Manley04/19/12
Such a beautiful little story with so much said in so few words! I would like to have seen spaces between the paragraphs, but that is easy to remedy next time. I thoroughly enjoyed your story. Nice writing!
C D Swanson 04/20/12
I always say this - when a writer can pack emotional sentiment and clarity into few words - it is a sign of a great writer!

This was powerful! I loved the imagery presented and the emotional connections with the mother, daughter and grandmother...along with the Trinity. Beautiful job. I loved this so much.

God Bless you~
Graham Insley04/21/12
A strong parallel with a great message. Well done.
Grace Merkey04/23/12
I like this a lot. It makes me want to take a picture of three generations in my life.
Jody Day 04/23/12
Ditto about the space between paragraphs, but other than that: very nicely done! Beautiful sentiment, imagery, encouragement, and on theme. Good job.
Catherine Maher04/25/12
Loved this powerful story. Such a wise Grandmother. Isn't it wonderful how God uses such ordinary things to speak great wisdom to our hearts.
I felt it and I say you did fantastic. Keep it up. I want to read more.