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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Endless (01/09/14)

TITLE: A Writer's Prayer
By Ruth Tredway
01/16/14


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A Writer's Prayer

Nearly a century ago, the song lyrics and music were created. Frederick Lehman, in 1917, wrote "The Love of God."

The third stanza comes from the lyrics of the poem, "Hadamut," penned in 1096, by a Jewish cantor, Rabbi Mayer of Germany. Later, in 1917, pastor Frederick Lehman used lines from this poem as the third stanza in his hymn, "The Love of God."

"Could we with ink the ocean fill,
"And were the skies of parchment made,
"Were every stalk on earth a quill,
"And every man a scribe by trade,
"To write the love of God above,
"Would drain the ocean dry.
"Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
"Though stretched from sky to sky."*

The third stanza is a word picture that any writer can understand. The sky is an endless writing surface. The oceans contain an unlimited supply of ink. Every person who is alive or has ever lived has the opportunity to write on this page. The topic: God's love.

As a writer, I love the look and feel of words on paper. That song speaks of a writer's fantasy. What if the whole sky were an endless blank page? No word limits. No lack of space. No deadlines. what if every person who has known the love of God, who has experienced his working in their lives, could write for the world to see?

Another word picture: I'm standing in the middle of two rows of book shelves, as high as I can read or reach, as far behind me as I can see, and stretching endlessly into the future, to a mere dot on the horizon. All of these volumes have but one theme - God's demonstration of His great love for mankind, throughout all of HIStory.

Would it be possible to fill that many volumes with what we know of the Lord? Probably, but it's not necessary. God has provided all that we need, in one volume that can be held in my hand.

The Spirit of the Lord prompted John to write:

"Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31)

And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. (John 21:25)

On second thought, that endless sky and limitless ink are a reality. Today we call it "internet." And today we have the opportunity to write for all the world to see. It is an open door of opportunity for any scribe who will take up the task. It could be a sermon, a blog, a retelling of an encounter with the living Lord. It may look like songs, or poetry, or stories of seeing the hand of God at work in everyday life. Whatever we write, or whatever we share of the writings of others, is it helping to fill up the vast expanse of parchment available to us?

Father, let the words of my mouth [and my hand], and the meditations of my heart, be pleasing in your sigh, and may they be written so that men and women will believe, and have everlasting life in Him. (Psalm 19:14)

*source: (http://www.hymnalaccompanist.com/Story/The%20Love%20of%20God.html)
** all scripture from the NIV version.


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Larry Whittington01/20/14
Very good writing and good thoughts.

It is always joyful when a person finds Jesus as the Messiah and yields to his Lordship in obedience and is baptized for the forgiveness of their sin and then God gives his Holy Spirit to him as evidence of his heirship of God and joint heir of Jesus.

Keep your heart on heaven and your eyes on his word.
Sheldon Bass 01/21/14
This is an excellent piece. And I love the word pictures! That song has been a favorite of many. You did a good job of tying it all together and good use of scripture at the end.

Write On! Scribe for the Lord.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/25/14
I enjoyed this piece. I can tell you did a great job of researching and checking your facts. Though I'm not familiar with that song, it is an awesome verse and does speak to my heart.

You may want to consider tightening some of your sentences. For example the first line could be turned to this: Nearly a century ago in 1917, the lyrics and music of the song,"The Love of God" were created by Frederick Lehman.On the message board there is a thread called Jan's Writing Basics. It's an awesome opportunity for writers of all levels. She just did a lesson on tightening. Jan is great about responding to each person who posts on her thread.

I also enjoyed the ending. You painted a beautiful picture and the verses you selected were a perfect fit for your message. Good job and keep writing!