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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Countdown to Christmas/Advent (10/23/08)

TITLE: Redemption's clock is ticking
By Sharon Kane
10/27/08


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Ten sensitive slender fingers slowly explore the luscious fruit. They tingle as they stroke its smooth skin. Playfully turning it over and over, they measure its weight, cup its roundness, compress its softness. Sticky juice oozes where the skin is broken by over-eager fingernails. Trails of syrupy sweetness run down between the fingers. The fingers offer themselves to be licked as they raise the fruit to parted lips. Perfect white teeth close on the fruit... The death knell sounds over creation. God's heart breaks and angels weep as redemption's clock begins to tick.

Over nine generations mankind expands across the world; exploring, inventing, toiling, building. Each takes his place in the never-ending cycle of marrying, bearing children, growing old, and returning to the dust. God gave them to be lords of creation. They were to rule over the world that its fruitfulness and harmony should be a victorious shout of praise to His glory. Instead they stain the earth with envy, lust, violence and bloodshed. Multiplying wickedness, they pierce the heart of their Creator.

A mere eight are saved when God pours out all His wrath upon the world. He thunders in judgement. The earth convulses with the anger of its Maker and pent-up floods burst from the deep. Lightening slices through the sky that is black with His fury. Torrents crash to the earth, battering the world, unleashing God's holy rage against the polluting tide of sin that had indelibly defiled His perfect handiwork.

His wrath satisfied, God turns again in love towards His image-bearers. He patiently teaches them to live in harmony with themselves, with each other and with Him. He reveals the heavenly rhythm of freedom and rest. Every seventh day man shall enjoy respite from his labour, every seventh year the riches of the land itself shall be replenished and slaves liberated from their burdensome toil.

As the priests pronounce the six-fold blessing over God's people, they catch a glimpse of how His heart bursts with passion for them. He desires to bless them and keep them! He longs to make His face shine upon them and be gracious to them! He yearns to turn His face towards them and give them peace!

God's people fail to conquer five famous Philistine cities. As foretold these become snares and traps to them; whips on their backs and thorns in their eyes. Seduced by foreign gods, the chosen ones bow to worthless idols and practise vile abominations. Thus they despise their birthright and incur God's wrath.

God rejoices in David, a man after His own heart. In life, in song and in kingship David displays God's righteousness. Yet four of his sons die before their time in consequence of his one abhorrent murderous sin, for the holy God makes no exceptions to the moral Law.

Three righteous men, exiled in a pagan land are saved from the flames when God himself walks with them through their fiery trail. The Lord's eyes search out the farthest corners of the earth to reward acts of faith and devotion.

Two astonished old people reluctantly believe the heavenly messenger and become parents of the Saviour's forerunner.

One holy embryo nestles into the womb of a most highly favoured lady.

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Ten tiny fingers ball into tight fists. Parted lips hungrily search for the breast that oozes with life-sustaining milk. A perfect toothless mouth closes around the mother's nipple... Life's melodies explode upon the globe. The Father's heart exults and angel choirs shout for joy as redemption's clock chimes the coming of our glorious salvation.


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Phyllis Inniss 10/31/08
This piece is truly awesome. You must have been inspired to write it. Your first and last paragraphs present a contrast and yet you have managed to make similarities. Where the first is one of seduction that brought sin and death to the world. The last brings life and our eternal hope. I like the way you gave us snapshots in between these two paragraphs of God's wrath and forgiveness in the way He deals with His people. You have done a marvellous job with this.
Seema Bagai 10/31/08
Wow! This is one of the best pieces I've ever read here at FaithWriters. Awesome work.
Gregory Kane11/01/08
This blew me away.
Actually on my first read through, I didn't immediately notice the significance of the digits 10 to 1. I got as far as 3,2,1 and then realised I had missed something vital.
Very well done indeed.
Marijo Phelps11/03/08
I don't know if the judges ever catapult someone from intermediate to MASTERS but if they do this would be the piece that does it! AWESOME writing, incredible creativity - what a count down!!!! Blessings and thanks!
Karlene Jacobsen 11/03/08
I didn't catch the numbering in there until one of the other comments drew my attention to it.
This was masterful. You show an incredible grasp of Scripture.
I agree with previous comments, this is my favorite by far.
Celeste Ammirata11/04/08
Wow! This is awe-inspiring! Amazing. I agree with all of the above. God Bless you for writing this!
Yvonne Blake 11/04/08
Very creative...very descriptive. With writing like this, you probably will move up the ranks quickly, but it takes three EC's to reach Masters. Keep up the wonderful writing!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/06/08
This is, indeed, masterful writing. The imagery is beautiful and the message, wonderful. Congratulations on placing in EC.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/06/08
A very well deserved EC...ingenious and anointed. Enjoy this first of many victories.