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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)

TITLE: Autumn Beauty
By Nadine Riggs


Autumn Beauty
As I sit and watch You change the seasons of Your world from summer green to autumn, so filled with color my eyes dance with wonder as I gaze at every site. You paint the trees so beautifully God, yet it is no wonder, as You are perfect in everything You do. The trees burst forth in color, some green, others yellow, orange, red, and purple my heart leaps with joy as I stand in awe yet again while gazing at the colors of Your world. You change the hues so softly, and slowly that one day I awaken and notice Your beautifully painted world, and my eyes fill with tears as I gaze down from the mountain top into Your valley below. I beg You in prayer to leave the colors as they are, but You refuse as You remind me I have yet to see the beauty of the snow covered peaks when You change Your world again to winter snow. Your seasons come, and go like a clock ticking upon a mantle they never fail to change from winter white, to spring and summer greens, and once again to a beautiful autumn rainbow which serves as a delight to my very soul. No computer, camera, nor electronic device fashioned by man can ever capture the beauty as You color it, but it is no wonder as this world is Your creation, and then You made man.
Like Your world a man goes through seasonal changes from his conception, to his death; and eventually I pray his resurrection through grace, his life also is like an unstoppable ticking clock. Yes when a man is conceived, becoming a twinkle in his parentís eyes, You sign Your name upon Him as You do upon all Your creations. Then come the tears of his first cry; both for his parents, and of course his own as his sheltered world within the womb ends with his birth into this cold cruel world. As an infant he depends completely upon his parents, and the inner voice within which alerts him to hunger, pain and even joy as he grows rapidly into a toddler; when he is constantly testing his new world. Then childhood like spring rapidly fades into the summer green of youth when he learns to trust the voice within as he joyfully discovers it is not a conscience, but the utteringís of the loving Holy Spirit given to him by the Sacrificial Lamb. Yet again time continues to march on in his life as he ages from a young adult into the autumn of his life, his hair is now filled with shades of gray, and his youthful step begins to slow more, and more with each passing day, until he passes into the winter season of old age. Now he impatiently awaits Your call when he will once again return to spirit, awaiting his glorified body promised him by Your only Son, King Jesus the Sacrificial Lamb. So like the seasons of Your creation mankind has seasons of his own, and they will not change until You recreate manís imperfect world into the perfection You once painted before the fall of mankind within the garden of Eden.

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Karen Pourbabaee 09/03/09
Love the lyrical flow of your first paragraph and it has very good descriptions.
There should be shorter paragraphs so your piece will read easier...suggest dividing the 1st paragraph into two at "I beg You in prayer..." The 2nd large paragraph could be divided into the four "seasons" of a person's life.Enjoyed reading your piece.
Mildred Sheldon09/07/09
Loved your piece. The descriptions of how God changes things was beautiful. I would have enjoyed this more if you had placed each part in its own paragraph. Well written
Rachel Phelps09/09/09
The first paragraph was lyrical and lovely as a prayer. I was a little lost in the second part and felt as if the flow has been lost a few times. As others have mentioned, double-spacing between paragraphs helps readers' eyes immensely. Good work.