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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Winter (11/14/05)

TITLE: Winter Storms
By Andrew Curtis
11/17/05


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The trees bend and ache from the piercing winds. Skin cracks as the dry, arctic air moves in from the north. Snow piles up on the sides of houses deep enough to swallow entire cars. Darkness sweeps in slowly, allowing orange and red streaks to caress the sky. The grass has long since lost its green. Patches of brown, sharp leftover blades poke through shallow notches of snow, looking for sun and air.
There seems to be no escape from the deadly freeze. Light poles are a testament as the wood and aluminum rods are now a coat of ice. The entire city appears to be dead. The forecast calls for more of the same weather. It seems that the tiny village is down for the count. Any more rain, sleet or snow may more than just metaphorically kill the village. It will be hardened and frozen solid. The village could completely die out as it is too far for help to reach in time.
Our hearts are much the same way. They can be covered with anger, jealousy, greed and other sins, making it almost dead. Our hearts harden as we continue to practice the negative actions. We are easier to anger and we begin to not feel as bad for stepping on toes. We forget that we are not here for our own desires. The orange and reds of love disappear, and our passion for Christ begins to. They are replaced with coats of black.
We sometimes do feel as though help is too far away. There is no way it can get to us in time. Our hearts are so iced over that we are doomed to live a life where there can be little or no help at all. Jesus gives us the answer to this. We do not have to live in the ashes of pain if we do not want to. He will give us the help we need and will light our hearts on fire, forcing the ice to melt and allow our hearts to breathe and thrive once again.
God knows our “village” better then we know it. He created it, and He created a way out of the pain of self indulgence. The Son can and will warm the village of our hearts if only we ask; honestly. The storms will come and go over our lifetime. How well we prepare for them is what shows to other “villages”. We need to be close to them so that we can help when they are in need, and we can also seek assistance when our storms are drowning us.
Winter should be a time for reflection, not just for the frosty storms to ice us over and hibernate our walk with God. Although it’s cold outside, our hearts need to stay warm and inviting. After all, God’s heart is always inviting us; to stay.


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Jan Ackerson 11/21/05
I really liked your first two paragraphs. You painted a vivid word picture without getting overly adjective-happy: not an easy thing to do! I wonder if you might try a re-write where you continue in the same way: describing the gradual thawing of the village--then letting your readers grasp the analogy more subtly. You're obviously a good writer!
Nina Phillips11/21/05
I liked your analogy and descriptive portrayal between our hearts and the village. Nice work. God bless ya, littlelight
Joan Scott11/21/05
Your article was touching a good remind to gard our heart and look to Jesus so our hearts won't become hard. Thank you!
Jesus Puppy 11/24/05
A good devotional. Placeing the spacing between the paragraphs would make it read some better.
Helen Harris11/26/05
I Love this Descriptive part:
“Skin cracks as the dry, arctic air moves in from the north. Snow piles up on the sides of houses deep enough to swallow entire cars.” I feel so cold.
“Winter should be a time for reflection, not just for the frosty storms to ice us over and hibernate our walk with God. Although it’s cold outside, our hearts need to stay warm and inviting. After all, God’s heart is always inviting us; to stay.”
Wonderfully said. Thank you. Helen