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

TITLE: Postage Due
By Robert Bronkhorst
09/01/05


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When one thinks of post cards, the image most people think of are those 3x5 cards sent from family and friends from some remote part of the world or country. They often say that they are "Wishing you were here," "Having a great time," or "Fun in the sun." And, as is often the case, the post cards arrive in the mailbox after the sender is already home.

But my post card is something I see everyday. The post card I see is of the squirrels that have chosen the maple tree in my back yard as a place to live. The postcard I see is the birds as they diligently watch for the tiny, subtle movements of unseen insects in the grass. The post card I see is of the flowers as they reach upwards to the sky.

God gives us a new post card everyday. It is his reminder of all the wonders of the world that He has made for us to enjoy. I am thankful that I am given that opportunity to see the post cards He sends. Yet, as I sit here in the comfort of my home and look out the window, I ask myself why?

Why does my post card have peace and happiness when our neighbors in the Gulf States have death and destruction on their post cards? Why do I have all the goodness that God has created when Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama only have devastation? Why did God choose to bring that upon them? Why did God send them that post card?

Somehow, my own little piece of the world seems meaningless now. I can sit here in my house in a state faraway from all that despair and thank God that I wasnít there, yet at the same time, feel guilty for saying that. Iím sure that most of the victims wished that they werenít either.

Maybe God created hurricanes to show us humility. Maybe He created hurricanes to test our strength and belief. Maybe He sent us all this post card of destruction and despair so that it would be a reminder to all of us that we need to show compassion, hope and love. Maybe He wants us, the ones that werenít there, to find a way to help out those that were. Maybe He wants us to show Him that we still have those feelings for each other.

I think maybe it's time that we all send Him a post card. It would be a refreshing change, donít you think?


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Julianne Jones09/07/05
Lovely thoughts here and they flowed really well. Loved the thought-provoking last line. What postcard are we going to send Him? Thanks for sharing.
Jan Ackerson 09/07/05
Effective use of repetition...a thoughtful essay.
Shari Armstrong 09/09/05
Some good thoughts here. Well done.
Lisa Graham09/11/05
What a wonderful analogy, and so deeply truthful. Excellent essay!
Rachel Burkum09/11/05
I had never thought about every day like that before...thanks for the neat concept.