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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Postcards (08/29/05)

TITLE: Write a letter, not a postcard
By Jonathan Trostle
08/31/05


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Imagine with me for a moment that you are a high school senior on his class trip to Washington D.C. For a couple of days you have toured that historic city. You’ve seen the White House, toured the Smithsonian, and climbed the majestic Washington Monument. As you prepare to head to Dulles Airport for the long, disappointing trip home, you spot a colorful postcard out of the corner of your eye. On the postcard, you see an arrangement of small pictures depicting each of the landmarks you have visited.

"I should have sent my parents something. Well, they’ll get this after I get home, but at least they’ll know I was thinking of them."

You buy the postcard and quickly scribble some words on the back of it.

“I had a great time. Love you both.”

Then you sign your name and shove it into the closest mailbox you can find. You return to you group of friends and soon forget about the postcard until your parents receive it a few days later. They are pleased to get something from you, but would have preferred something longer with more meaning.
That is how God feels when we don’t take the time to talk to him. He enjoys communicating with the children He dearly loves. But so many times we think we don’t have the time to talk to him. When we should be thanking Him for the vast amount of blessings He has bestowed upon us, we often hurriedly ask Him for a number of things and then quickly end our conversation with Him. Prayer should be taken seriously, a fact clearly proven by the desperate prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane. Just remember, like any loving parent God would sometimes like to receive a letter instead of a postcard.


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Ryan Barnhart09/05/05
Good outlook on how difficult it sometimes is to remember to pray. It reminded me.
Anita Neuman09/06/05
A great message!
dub W09/06/05
Would make a great devotion or meeting opener. Thanks.
Jan Ackerson 09/07/05
I really liked this analogy! I wonder if you might consider writing it as a story with the "imagine you were..." character a real high school kid.
Shari Armstrong 09/07/05
A very good comparison. Nicely done.
Julianne Jones09/08/05
Ouch! A great reminder of the importance of prayer. Well done and thanks for sharing.