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I put your entry in my top three for this week in the Intermediate category. Kudos!
11/21/05
I hadn't read this until now - indeed a beautiful peace. It brought tears to my eyes and caught me breath in my throat. This is awesome writing.
Congratulations on your first place win! It's good to see that the judges and I agreed. Kudos all around!
11/21/05
“The crowd began to thin out, and the procession slowed down as they came to the base of the hill. Soldiers blocked anyone from going further, except the condemned, those closest to them, and those in authority. He and Mary were stopped, but the soldier could see the look of a mother about to watch her beloved son die and let them pass after the cross was lifted from the ground and set in place.”
Well-Written story of Excellent and Beauty. I was so touched and my eyes burned with tears.
Congratulations, a Greatly deserve Win. Thank you Joyce for “The Beauty Within” Blessing. Helen

Thank you all very much. Wow! I am so blessed by all the comments and the 1st Place. Now, I have tears in my eyes. Thanks again, to all of you, and to God be the glory.
11/21/05
Congratulations, Joyce. The beauty of the cross is hard for the heart to behold with eyes seeing only the surface of life. But faithing eyes discover the beauty within, and cannot help but fall in reverent gratitude, receipients of that scarlet tide. God bless.
11/21/05
It is evident you put a lot of thought and care into this piece. It's wonderful. Congrats on your win.
11/21/05
Congratulations, Joyce. You have worked hard at finding the heart of John and expressing his thoughts and feelings. The way you gave the background to this event (from ‘He heard on’) without making it an information dump also works very well. Your crafting is great, too, fast paced as they rush through the crowd, slowing down towards the end. Thanks for tackling such a difficult task so well , and showing us the beauty in this moment. Yeggy
01/14/06
Joyce, this really is a beautiful retelling - I'm so glad that it will be included in the FaithWriters' Anthology.

I'm in the process of editing the entries now, and need to contact you about a couple of small things. I also need a three to four sentence biography note (written in the third person) to be included in the book. So could you send me a Private Message with your email address please?

Thanks so much. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator and Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine)