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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: You Turned My Ow into Wow
By Lisa Keck


“You changed my sorrow into dancing.” Psalm 30:11a (NCV)

“I figure if a news story brings you to tears, you should see what you can do."

That was my reaction in an e-mail about my recent activity. After seeing the story on the news, I had been traveling to a nearby town, my hometown, to help clean up after a fire at a community center that served meals to the elderly and homeless. They also had other services for the homeless. Homelessness is like a paper cut. You may not be sure how it happened but it's painful and there's not much you can do but put a band aid on it. And you can't avoid using paper. So many types of paper-- as varied as the reasons for homelessness.

I don't know about you but it makes my heart say, "Ow!" Maybe it's because it's affected my family. My brother once lived on the streets of my hometown. Maybe he even ate at the center that was now devastated by an electrical fire. It was the most helpless time of my life. There was nothing I could do for him as long as he was drinking and the drinking didn't stop. He was an alcoholic, trying to self-medicate the wound caused by our father's death.

Yes, my heart has said "ow!" many times over the years. It's healing nicely though. The wrongs done to me and the unintentional hurts have all left their scars on my heart. I will be wounded again and I will heal again. It's part of the life we have here. There are days I wish I was little again and my wounds were all on the outside. The bactine stung but only for a second. The pain of skinned knees is not remembered. But my heart remembers. It may not say "ow!" as emphatically as when first wounded but I can still see the scars.

It is from those scarred places that tears flow. Yes, they’ve been healed. In my brother’s case my sorrow has turned to dancing because he accepted Christ before he died. He’s Home now but having him in my life created a place from which I’m motivated to serve. It has been my experience that service is part of the healing—wow, it’s amazing the things and people God chooses to use.

I’m convinced the word heard most often in Heaven will be “Wow!” The beauty, the peace, the stories of the saints will all bring on this exclamation of astonishment. The pains of this world will be forgotten. Our “ows!” will turn into “wows!”

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Anita van der Elst01/14/10
I like this! Add one letter and pain becomes wonderment. Nicely done devotional piece.
Robyn Burke01/15/10
Really great message in your story! I totally 'get' the being motivated to serve by an 'ow' in our past. Your line about 'service is part of the healing" is very powerful and insightful.

Your first paragraph contains a rather lengthy sentence that might work better if broken up a bit.

Again, a strong message about how God heals and works in our lives-- Good Job!
Mildred Sheldon01/16/10
I love this. It was very touching and only God can turn the ows of life into wows of life in heaven. Thank you for sharing.
Jan Ackerson 01/18/10
Very well done!

The italics were a bit distracting, but I suspect that you just forgot to close them after the initial quote.

I've started a class in the FaithWriters forums for Beginner and Intermediate writers. I'd love to see you there--look for "Jan's Writing Basics".

Really good title.
Sarah Elisabeth 01/23/10
Congratulations on taking 8th place in Level 2! You can view the highest rankings each week on the forums:

Lisa Keck01/24/10
thanks for all the comments. Yes I forgot to close the italics--my notes on how to do it got displaced by the rearranging of the desk.