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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)

TITLE: Are Memories Eternal?
By Kim Hamlin


I killed a baby when I was 24. The devil always reminds me that it was pre-meditated.

I stole a co-workers credit card once and purchased things I donít now remember. I went to rehab to avoid prosecution.

Got into a fight while in rehab and tried to kill my opponent because she tried to touch me inappropriately.

I slept with another womanís husbandÖback before I knew that cheaters always cheat.

I showed up high on cocaine for my cousinís graduation from a Christian school. I realized, after I was in the church, that I was wearing fishnet stockings and 3-inch heels. I actually believed, at the time, that others were staring at me because I was so hot.

I played slots in South Korea until I burned up a monthís pay and then stole enough money to send home to the daughter that I had allowed to live.

I told my best friendís husband that she was cheating on him because I was so drunk I had forgotten he was in the room. She didnít speak to me again until I was invited to her wedding to another guy, not the one that she was sleeping withÖI could only go to the wedding if I apologized for destroying her second marriage. I hung up on her.

Iíve envied youth, money, power, possessions, and recognition. Iíve coveted that which Iíve neither been willing or fortunate enough to earn or obtain.

Enter the man, the Son, the Savior, who saves all that come to Him.

Iíve busied myself with good works, family life and a career so that I wouldnít have to spend any quality time with my Creator. His Spirit has always been there to convict and draw me back in. Thank you, thank you, Savior and Wonderful Counselor!

I know my destination. I know who I am and I know who I used to be. I know the man and the Spirit who saved me when He died for me. Will I remember all my sins in eternity?

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Robert Johnson03/17/11
PASSIONATE Confession! That's what I call laying it out there.., but oh, how I am reminded with joy of the answer already given by our most awesome Father in Heaven in Psalm 103:12, "as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Actually, this whole Psalm is a comfort and joy for all of us who are far too often reminded of our past sins by the evil one. As the Lord continues to shape each of us Christians in his own imagine,surely it must include an eventual day when we too can use these past experiences as nothing more than a tool to teach the next generation why it is so important to walk in both love and obedience to Christ. Thanks for the powerful reminder.
Kate Oliver Webb 03/17/11
An awesome telling of the human condition, and the eternal redemption from it. Very well done, and I thank you for so sharing your experiences and the grace which saved you. God bless, and please keep writing.
Leola Ogle 03/17/11
A great reminder that no matter how far we think we are from God or how great our transgressions are, He is but a prayer away and only He can wipe the slate clean! Good writing. God bless!
Brenda Rice 03/17/11
WOW! You un-covered and in so doing you revealed,your heart. I too pray that memories are not eternal. But if they are, Our Father will give us His perspective on them instead of ours. I commend your courage.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/19/11
You ask a good question, but Heaven is suppose to be pain-free and if those memories cause you pain, yous may remember the memories and see how they have affect others in likely a good way without feeling the pain. You definitely wrote a thought-provoking piece.
Mildred Sheldon03/20/11
A beautiful heart wrenching story that each of us has in the past. They are not like yours but those memories still haunt us to this day. Will they be remembered in heaven? I doubt that they will because everything will be made new and what was will be no more. For that I praise God and thank Him for setting us free and granting us eternal life with Him
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/26/11
This is a wonderfully creative piece (appears to me to be creative to make a point, rather than factual) Congratulations on your EC.
Sydney Avey03/26/11
This is a gripping description of what all sinners (that would be all of us) experience -- guilt. I love that you didn't use the word, but made us feel it. It's an interesting question you pose.
Bonnie Bowden 04/06/11
I am glad God's sovereign. Even if we do remember our thoughts, it will not be in that condemning way Satan uses.

Congratulations on your EC award.