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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Easter (05/30/05)

By Roberta Kittrell



Have you noticed that whenever a group of believers get together to discuss what is so frequently referred to as the happenings of Easter, they eventually get around to the body Jesus had after His resurrection which could move through walls, yet one could touch, one where they wouldn’t necessarily recognize him and he could eat.

In the beginning the Great Creator decided to create something beautiful and beneficial He was going to name it “bonfire”—Good Fire. He carefully chose and placed in its own special location each piece of coal. Great time and attention were given to this task.

As He went about creating and building this special structure, dried leaves and twigs fell over and between some of the coals. The Creator said not to mind them. They would serve as tender and burn away as chaff.

In His Time, the Great Creator was ready to anoint His creation with accelerant. Everything was in place. He reached down and with a flick of His Fingers created a spark. All the heavenly beings stood around and gazed in awe. How beautiful! How powerful! How beneficial it was to those who drew near to partake of its warmth!

Each piece of coal was in its special place doing what the Creator intended it to do, working in harmony with the others.

Oh-ohhh! Pop! Pop-Pop! There fell away first one glowing piece of coal, then another, and another, until there were several pieces which had fallen away! Each glowed awhile and gave off warmth, but in lessening degrees until each looked as though it were dead!

The rest of the bonfire continued on as the Creator tended it, giving off warmth, yet having lost some of its symmetricity and beauty. With new coals added on as ones died in service, the well-tended bonfire continued burning through time—-but it wasn’t quite the same.

By then, the errant coals had realized their loss, and guiltily noticed how the fire seemed to lack something which kept it from achieving the Perfection it once had. In His Grace
The Great Creator picked up each repentant, prodigal coal and put it back in place.

Almost immediately the coals were glowing again, and joining in with the rest to give off the glorious warmth. The former Perfection had been restored.

Let’s let God speak through our dear brother, the apostle Paul: “But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.” (I Corinthians 12:20, NKJV) [He goes on explaining how each part is essential to the welfare of the body, that none is more important than the other, saying.] “But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it of if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (24b-27).

So what will be His Resurrection body? Could it possibly be what all of us believers together form—-the Church of which He is the Head, Let’s not be like the coals who fell away. If any of us have been such, now is the time take our eyes off of self, the world, and lesser things, and to look to our Commander-in-Chief the Lord Jesus Christ in humility and say, “Reporting for duty, Sir.”

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Debra Bowers06/07/05
The story about the coals, was very clever and I loved the point you made. The ending was too military for me, after reading such a creative first part.
Phyllis Inniss 06/08/05
A creative idea using the bonfire and the individual coals falling away. Your point was well made and we have to be ready for His call.
dub W06/08/05
Yes, the personification and symbolic language makes this a very enjoyable piece.
Shari Armstrong 06/08/05
Very interesting piece, quite unique.
Leticia Caroccio06/09/05
What a unique perspective. I liked your use of coal in your article. It was effective. Good job.
Michelle Burkhardt06/13/05
Nice story. I loved your creative thoughts. Such an unique story needs a unique title.