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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: Blessed Beyond Measure
By Deborah Wolf


She lies quietly in bed, waiting for sweet rest to come over her. It has been a full day; visiting doctors and undergoing more tests. There are not any definite answers as to why her heart chooses not to keep its regular beat. It happens more often now; still all they are able to tell her provides little assurance of restored health.

I tell her that she is the healthiest sick person I know. She has had diabetes since 1975. In 2000, she had breast cancer. I can’t remember when she was diagnosed with high blood pressure, and of course this heart arrhythmia has been around for several years.

At the age of eighty two, she has lived twice as long as she thought she would live. She has had a rich life as a gifted artist, talented seamstress, student of the Bible, loving wife and mother, homemaker, excellent cook, and loving caregiver. As long as I can remember, she has devoured books, one after another, always ready for each new adventure of thought.

This night as she settles into bed, the thoughts of the day begin to flood her mind. Should she have asked more questions? How can the doctors be sure she is taking the right medication? Did she remember to take every pill? Did she remember to check her blood sugar before bed?

Then she remembers the words of Paul, “. . . We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor.10:5b (GW)

She begins to shut out this day’s concerns and tomorrow’s worries as she lifts her needs upward to the throne room of God’s love. Then she ends her prayers the way she does each night, with the words of Psalm 23.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (ESV)

She says she never gets through these precious words twice before sweet sleep covers her like a warm blanket.

I thank God for this wonderful woman, my mother. I ask Him to bless her with the prayer of Jude, in verse two; “Mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.” (NIV) Because I know that if she has more than enough mercy, peace, and love to meet her needs; then our Shepherd has blessed her beyond measure. She truly has everything she needs for this day and for all of her tomorrows yet to come.

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Patricia Trimarchi06/16/06
Lovely tribute to Mother. Nicely written.
Amy Nicholson06/16/06
This was a lovely piece. Well written. What a nice idea; I think I'll try reciting Ps. 23 before falling asleep tonight. Keep writing!
Sherry Wendling06/17/06
Lovely sketch here! Mother's godliness wraps around the reader like soft blanket; your use of her nighttime prayer to highlight the beautiful truths of Psalm 23 works beautifully.

You show solid writing skill and a mature voice; a Level 1 entrant who could well compete at a higher level if be you choose! Your structure is tight, one train of thought building into the next. Your present tense is nailed right down! Your power of description, your flow, your engaging of the reader, all very, very good! Keep on!
George Parler 06/17/06
"She says she never gets through these precious words twice before sweet sleep covers her like a warm blanket." Peace doesn't come any sweeter than this. Your have such warmth in your writing. Thank you.
Lynda Schultz 06/21/06
This is beautiful - a wonderful tribute to a woman you obviously love AND admire. Good work.