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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: Eternal Hope
By angela belock


Pain may rack my body to the point of tears, but it can never rip away the eternal Hope that Jesus promised us in heaven. Fear may try to rip every part of my insides apart, begging me to turn away, but even fear canít take away the promise God made to me. Doubts can drive me absolutely crazy, festering like a disease all through my body, but even doubt has no power over Hope.

Hope is the beacon of light for a better tomorrow. Hope is the spring board from the darkness of the physical material world, and a leap into a truly beautiful paradise. When one has hope God is present, comforting, and reassuring. When one has hope they donít doubt what tomorrow may bring, they donít weep for what they donít have, but rejoice for what they do.

When a person who has sinned, and dropped into disgrace, losing friendship and respect, God will still sweep in with his arms open wide embracing them. For he knows even the most faithful servant will fall into disgrace at some point in their life. He is willing to forgive the sinner when everyone else is willing to cast them aside.

So pain may starve me from the freedom to chase my kids all over the farm. It may take away my ability to ride a horse and gallop all over Godís beautiful country, but it canít rob me of Faith. It canít take away my belief that there is always a better tomorrow out there. I may hurt so much that I canít walk from the house to the barn without wanting to collapse on the ground and cry. But I will never ask God, ďWhy me?Ē

For inside me, the spirit stirs. Inside me a gentle whisper tells my heart to be calm. Inside God is holding me up. Inside I know God would not give me this physical challenge if he didnít have an eternal solution. Hope is believing that no matter how hard life can be there is always something brighter out there. Something sweet, enduring and gentle.

God doesnít punish us by sending pain or disease, but he does truly test us. Encouraging us to reach for higher things, to work through our problems and carry his torch. My daughter may ask why God makes me hurt, and she may pray for the pain to stop. My husband may look at me with sad eyes and an unhappy smile, knowing he can do nothing for me physically. But inside his heart, he can encourage God to work his will and bring peace to my soul.

My daughter may pray in her room for a healing that may never come. God gives people gifts and maybe my own pain isnít a curse but a gift from above. A gift to teach people, to tell them, much like Job, this isnít what life is about. What hurts is the physical. What makes me want to cry is nothing to worry about. Because God is using it to touch the people around me. To teach them about love beyond pain. Gentleness and tenderness is stronger then doubt and anger. Despair has no power and Hope is Eternal Salvation.

So as I lay on my bed one more time feeling physical pain control my body, I am not defeated. God is not defeated. Instead I arise a stronger person the next day because Godís hope lies with in my heart and I know someday I will have a whole body with no pain, and I will ride those horses again. I will play with children all through the yard, and I will see my husband with understanding on his face. For some day we will all understand why God makes all things happen. This I know because all hope is eternal.

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Lynda Schultz 05/11/06
Good stuff here. I especially like this line: "Inside I know God would not give me this physical challenge if he didnít have an eternal solution." Nicely done.
Rita Garcia05/12/06
The very essence of hope, I really enjoyed reading this one. Good job!
Melanie Kerr 05/12/06
I liked that whole paragraph that talks of what is going on in the inside! You have written something that is very encouraging.
Helen Paynter05/13/06
This has, I suspect, been wrought in the fire of adversity (in other words, it sounds as if it is autobiographical). Great message. Small technical point - take a look at this sentence: 'When one has hope they donít doubt what tomorrow may bring, they donít weep for what they donít have, but rejoice for what they do'. Do you see how your POV (point of view)has shifted? smooth out one or two little things like that, and it would be even better. Good writing.
Carla Feagans05/15/06
I LOVE your message here, it is so heartfelt and inspiring.

You have written this with such great care and emotion, and there are some really wonderful descriptions and thoughts captured here.

I agree with the POV (point-of-view) comment, if you clean those up this would be superb.
lynn rodgers05/17/06
cool, sounds alot like emotion writing. see the message boards- water cooler to know more