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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)

TITLE: Coming Down the Home Stretch
By Barbara Mahler
12/01/12


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“But you’re coming down the home stretch,” my boss suggested encouragingly.

“Thanks,” I replied, “I’ll think about it again.”

My boss was responding to my telling him that I was considering discontinuing a class that I had begun eight weeks earlier. The course was intense, requiring eight hour weekly evening class attendance and at least that much time again in preparation for each session. I love learning and initially enjoyed the challenge.

Perhaps those who successfully accomplish this feat: work a full time job and spend their evenings and weekends studying and doing homework are much younger, better students or are more highly motivated. No matter. I admire them tremendously – more so because I now realize that I can’t do it.

Fear - fear of the unknown, along with fear of not being able to provide for myself in my later years has been my constant companion along the path I have been walking thus far. However, the recent, unforeseen and unexpected death of a close friend – who was exactly my age has caused me to take another look at the real meaning of “…the home stretch” for me.

Prayer, reflection and the words of music composed by Marty Haugen, “We Walk by Faith,” have all helped to provide me with a new direction – “…coming down the home stretch” with faith and confidence in the Lord.

"Help then, O Lord, our unbelief,
and may our faith abound;
to call on you when you are near.
and seek where you are found:

That when our life of faith is done
in realms of clearer light
We may behold you as you are
in full and endless sight.

We walk by faith, and not by sight:
No gracious words we hear
of him who spoke as none e'er spoke,
but we believe him near."


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Beth LaBuff 12/08/12
As we all come nearer to "that home stretch," our goals and thinking do often change. I can't imagine trying to do what you were doing with the class and working, plus homework. Wow! I'd never heard the song you mention, but the words are beautiful. Thank you.
Sandra Wells12/09/12
I really connected with your piece. The line - "Fear - fear of the unknown, along with fear of not being able to provide for myself in my later years has been my constant companion along the path I have been walking thus far." is exactly where I have been. Thank you for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/10/12
This is a lovely devotion. I liked how you started and then brought the piece full-circle with that lovely song. You may have done this but I want to make sure everyone knows to check and see if the song is copyright protected or in the Public Domain. You really did a nice job with this message. I liked the way you used a sport saying that many people can relate to. Good job.
CD Swanson 12/11/12
Good job with this piece...and a lot of great messages. God bless~