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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: Tomorrow I die
By Martin Strom
04/23/06


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My heart is beating so fast. I lie face down in the dust. The darkness envelops me like a shroud. All I can hear is my shuddering breath. I am sweating. Fear has me in its grasp and I am so afraid. Father help me! Tomorrow I die.

The oppression is so heavy. I feel its evil near. Be at peace oh my anguished heart. Please be at peace. My sweat tastes like blood. Deepest sorrow wastes me. I am overcome with grief. I can bare the pain and the shame, but the sin is just too much. Please Father if it is possible Take this cup from me.

I am weak. My soul is crushed. My strength is poured out. I am exhausted from feeling so much. All the sin of the world is just so much. I gag at the thought. It is too revolting. My body shudders in disgust. Is there no other way? Please Father is there no other way to take it away but that I drink? You will turn your face from me and I will be undone.

But I must. I know that I must. With the last of my courage and all of my soul’s last strength I speak it out loud “Not my will but yours be done”. In my mind I see a million lives rejoicing in their salvation. I know each one, set free by my blood. I feel such joy in them that I even start to laugh. In my mind I see my Father pleased with me. I see his smile and I feel his joy and love.

I hear footsteps approaching and I know it is time. I rise up to meet what lies ahead and I know now I can do it.


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Sue Dent04/28/06
To have SUCH inner strength!Very good imagery to depict what he must have been feeling. Good Job!
darlene hight05/02/06
The title captured me right away (and that is important)
This is a piece with great imagery but I felt that a third person perspective would have made it stronger. It is extremely difficult to write first person and have the reader really feel the depth of the event. It is a great take on the topic word. Very creative
Edy T Johnson 09/01/06
I came looking, from the message boards, to get acquainted with who you are, and discovered this. What powerful writing! Unlike the above comment, I've always thought FIRST person, not third, was the person of choice to convey the depth of emotion you so beautifully portray, here, in your writing. I wouldn't change a thing. I like your God-given talent and I will have to keep an eye on you :)