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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: Winter's Walk
By Carol Dee Meeks
07/26/06


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When we walk in the days of winter, while those around us are in the summer of their prime, our choices can hinder sharing life with those younger relatives and friends. A negative attitude can drive them away. They may even know they should try harder to keep in touch, but the dark side makes them uneasy, and they stay away.

I watched my husbandís mom this weekend. The nursing home let her come for a visit. From the time her granddaughter got her inside our door until they left, there was little to smile about in her world. She must have repeated her stories and woes six times before lunch and more than that after we ate. We were exhausted just listening to her self-centeredness. Age is sometimes ugly and so is agesí walk.

As I watched her, I wanted to ask why she chose to walk on the dark side of life, but you donít discuss these types of things with her. I thought of John 8:12, and how Jesus told His disciples ďI am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.Ē I silently prayed, Lord touch her heart.

We are either slaves to dark and Satan, or we are slaves to light and Jesus. With Him, there is no gray. It is either night or it is day. It is hope or dismay. It is a daily choice to have a good day or a daily choice to have a bad day. It is a lifelong journey and is never mastered until we meet death, but it is the difference of joy in our lives or extreme sadness I witnessed our visitor share. She is so caught up in herself and her troubles, she canít smell the roses. She isnít even aware there are roses. Sad to say, she hasnít changed since Iíve known her.

I silently prayed, Lord touch her heart. Let my winter walk be more tender and compassionate of my loved ones.



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Joanne Sher 07/30/06
So true! I have relatives like this! Thank you for this unique take on the topic. I enjoyed it!
Sandra Petersen 08/01/06
I liked the comparison of 'winter' and 'summer' walks. How sad the lives of those walking alone through the 'winter'! You selected excellent words to describe the situation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.