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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: The Flames Within Me
By Steven Kellen
06/17/10


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There is a flame burning inside of me. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and there is something burning inside of me that I have to get up and let out so that I can see what it is (it is currently 1:41 AM). Sometimes the flames stirring in me actually cause me to have heart burn in their burning desire to be expressed. Itís a stirring that I have to get up and listen to, to see what it is. I have to write it down in order to let it out. Sometimes I play with the flame for a while and blow on it a little to see if it will will get stronger, and if the flame glow brighter. If the light begins to dwindle I will put it aside, like a votive candle, and let it alone while I wait to see if there is another flickering of light somewhere inside me. When the fires are burning within me they are like stars that are little individual celestial sparks awaiting the darkness of the night to deepen so that the ambient light can dissipate and allow the brightness of each individual thought to come into the Preakness of its being. As I let go of each individual spark of thought, patterns begin to arrange themselves like stars so that I can see the constellations begin to form. Each constellation has specific points of brightness that form the character of what I am seeing. I allow my imagination to be guided by the ever present eternal being within me as the Spirit begins to tell me the heart and the essence of what I am seeing. It is much like praying. I watch and listen and take a walk with the thoughts that come to mind and write them down. I have no idea where the thoughts are leading me, but I trust in the Lord and know that there is always a point to what what I am being told, and that it will all come together when we ďget there.Ē So I take long quiet walks in the coolness of the night along the path of life with the Lord as my companion, and we talk of stories of being. It is all reality. It is all a vision. It is all truth beyond what the eye can see. It is the existence of Godís flame living within me prodding me excitedly in the stillness of existence to get up and share with the Holy One in the depths of the eternal fires burning that desire to be known. I close my eyes, put my hands on the key board, and describe what I am seeing as the flames within me begin to emerge as I walk the timeless paths of glory with the Holy One.

Glory To God In The Highest!

Thank You Lord

Amen

2:29 AM


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Mildred Sheldon06/19/10
I to have experienced what you are talking about. When one is awakened from a sound sleep and their mind is going the speed of light one must follow God's leading.
Joanne Sher 06/20/10
Such vivid descriptions - and great word pictures. I could feel exactly what your experience was. Thank you.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/22/10
Good choice of words and metaphors. I wanted to journey with you!
One thing that would make the journey easier - spacing. Break your thoughts into smaller paragraphs and double space between paragraphs.
It's easier on the eye and separates the thoughts so that the reader can linger a little longer on each one.
Well done and keep writing - not that it sounds like you have a choice! :)
Joanna Stricker06/22/10
Wonderful, vivid description of the writer's challenge. I love the comparision to a "flame". Paragraphs would have made this more polished, and easier to read. I am glad I came back to read more pieces this week because this a beautiful descriptive piece--I wouldn't have wanted to miss. I don't know where your inspiration came from, but it brought to mind Jeremiah and his God-given compulsion to speak the Word of the Lord.