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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)

TITLE: Dropped Stitches
By Lisa Keck


She turned to the chapter the pastor had just referenced and dreaded what was coming. It wasn’t one of her favorite passages, yet she’d have to stay and listen.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” His voice continued but the woman didn’t know if he was reading more scripture or making a point. She paid little, if any attention as her mind went to wandering.

“Excuse me Father,” she tentatively approached.

Yes, my child.

“I just have one question about that. How come You dropped stitches when You were knitting together my lip and palette.”

I make no mistakes so how could I have dropped stitches?

“Well isn’t that what they call it when they make a mistake knitting? I don’t know. All I know is I was born with gaps in my garment.”

I made no mistake. Those gaps made you unique and they were repaired, were they not?

“Well yes, by doctors. I would’ve rather been made whole in the first place. You know they’ve operated 4 times and I still have a hole in my palette and although sewn together, there’s still the scar on my lip.”

Well of course there is. Nothing can compare to My work but think of what the experiences they brought meant to you.


You’re working on your memoir are you not?

“Well yes.”

Doesn’t one of your favorite memories of your earthly father take place in the hospital?

“The poor guy was scared something had happened to me!” She cried.

Because he treasured you.

“Yes, he did. But that’s beside the point. I think you could’ve made me whole. I would’ve found another memory to show my father’s love. Do you know how hard this has been on me? The surgeries, the speech therapy—all that hard work and I still got teased.”

But it made you who you are. Think about how you cope with your feelings.

“I write. So, lots of people write. It’s not like I purposefully chose the written word because the spoken word was inferior.”

Maybe and maybe not.

“So somehow, all this was planned and nothing was hidden from you?”

Yes, including that you would choose this time and place to dwell on questions; the answers for which you’ve been seeking for a long time.

Sermon point taken from Ps. 139:13-16.
Only verse 13 is quoted out of the NIV
Since I didn't actually hear God speak there are no quotes around His words.

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Anita van der Elst08/14/08
Wow! Thank you for sharing these intimate thoughts with us. My heart was touched. Well done. Even though you didn't hear God's words audibly, I "heard" them loud and clear. Can't wait to read your memoir!
Lucile McKenzie08/15/08
A heartfelt and personal comment and an original use of the prompt. Very well done!
Marlene Austin08/17/08
Nice personal narrative. We all have answers which we seek and can only be answered by God. :)
Patty Wysong08/19/08
This is full of thought and feelings, in such a way that we can relate if we have any question about why God made us as He did. Well done.
Helen Murray08/20/08
Brave aproach to a very sensitive area. Well done.
Judith Gayle Smith08/21/08
A terrific answer to all the "why" questions we ask our wondrous Creator! Thank you!
Robyn Burke08/22/08
Brave expose of feelings. And brave is the writer who attempts to write dilouge for God! Well done!
Lois Hudson08/28/08
I just discovered this entry.
I find it very moving and intimate, a review of questions
held from childhood and an understanding Father leading her toward acceptance and expectation of what else He has in store.
Noreen Ophoff09/07/08
Heart-felt devotional for those of us too aware of our own imperfections. Great
"draw-me-in" title.