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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: New Year (05/09/05)

TITLE: New Yearís Tradition
By Hazel Williams
05/15/05


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This is normally the time of year where I sit down with pen and paper in hand to make a list of all the things I desire from God for the coming year. It is also the time of year where I review the list from the previous year.

As I brought in the New Year at church, the list was so very far from my mind. To be honest, I had no intention of attending Watch Night Services at the church I am proud to say I am finally a member of-just finished New Members classes two weeks ago. Anywho, I stopped at a fellow saint of the church place of employment, I was bored and wanted to get out of the house. He knew I did not want to go to church that night and decided to get sly. It worked for a moment. Every time I got ready to leave, he always asked me to do something for him. When it dawned on me what he was doing, I must admit that I did talk about him for a moment and realized that I was going to be going to church that night.

Once I got there, I was very thankful of his not so undercover efforts to get me there. Even if I had not attended services that night, I still would have prayed in the New Year. It was nice to pray it in with so many like-minded saints.

The pastor informed us through scripture that this is the year of Grace. He spoke to us about how the numbers spiritually represented what type of year we were going to have. The number five is Grace. This is the year for Godís grace to be poured out over all who have been going through in 2004. Rejoice saints; none of what you went through in 2004 was in vain. We are going to be rewarded for being faithful. We are to be rewarded for steadfastness. We are to be rewarded for not giving up. We are to be rewarded for holding on.

When it was time to pray in the New Year, I closed my eyes and started praying. Before I knew it, the New Year was ushered in and the balloons and confetti were dropping down. Yes, you heard me right, the church I attended brought the New Year in with a bang, which made me all the more thankful. Even though I did not get all my praying in that I wanted, it was a nice celebration. One that I will never forget.

After the services, it was time to eat and fellowship. To bring in the New Year with saints is a beautiful feeling. It is very different from bringing it in at a club, bar or house party. It was a peaceful celebration full of thanks. While fellowshipping, I was telling a saint about my list I create at the first of the year. It was then that I realized that this is the first year that I did not peek at the list. I really did a good job of hiding it from myself this year.

I really did a good job of hiding it. It took me almost thirty minutes to find that list when I got home. I almost forgot about it again. When I did find it, my mouth dropped open. Everything on my list with the exception of two items I received. The two I did not receive were material things (I put them on my list again this year). Who knows, God just might grant me that 1996 Jaguar XJ8 convertible (3 years before Jaguar sold the company and messed up the body of the car) and Lincoln Navigator, canít give up hope this year, considering this will be the third time they are on my list.

Let us run on and see all that God has in store for us this year. I promise not to peek at my list until this time next year, if the Lord is willing.


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Teresa Oswald05/16/05
A different approach to the New Year from what one usually encounters- asking God for things or changes in the coming year rather than resolving to do/change things on one's own. It really made me think.

A couple of quick critiques. This is the time of year "when" you make your list (rather than where). The sentence which begins "To be honest" might be a little easier for the reader if it were broken into 2 sentences. Lastly, when you speak about going to your friend's place of employment, there needs to be a possessive in there somewhere. I must admit though, I'm not sure if it should be "saint's of the church place" or "saint of the church's place." I can't quite figure out something that sounds right.

All in all a very well written piece that just needs a little tweaking. God bless your year.
Phyllis Inniss 05/16/05
Fellowshipping with other members of your church is a heartwarming experience. Don't be disappointed if you don't get that jaguar next year. God knows best.
Leticia Caroccio05/23/05
If only two things were left off your list I think you are ahead of everyone else. Those are big ticket items and I believe it very possible that God wants His children to have the desires of their hearts. I have learned, though, that God loves to teach His children to wait. Nicely done and interesting to read.