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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Spring (as in the season) (11/28/05)

TITLE: The Dove
By Amory Calcott
11/29/05


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In many cultures, birds are heralded as a sign of Spring. Today, a solitary dove has perched outside the frosty window on a barbwire fence. She is calm and unconcerned with the bleak, bitterly cold landscape around her. She alights gracefully amid the rusted, twisting spikes of the old fence. The barbwire cannot hold her back, for nothing can stop the freedom of flight. In her tender, silent way, she radiates good cheer. She has arrived early. Spring is not here yet–-but we know beyond all doubt that it is coming.

In early history, birds were said to represent the soul in flight. In Christianity, one bird, the dove, came to represent the Holy Spirit. Regardless of how harsh our spiritual landscape may seem, there is never any need for despair. Just as a lone dove can bring beauty to an otherwise barren field, the Holy Spirit, our Divine Comforter, comes at the darkest, coldest moments to give us hope.

In Spring, as the world slowly awakens to lush rebirth, humanity is filled with anticipation of the coming season of warmth. New life will be blossoming at every turn. There is no force of darkness, regardless of how powerful it may seem, that can stop one single tree from flowering in springtime. Renewal will come.

It will come to the Earth, and it will come to our hearts.


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Mary Alice Bowles12/06/05
Beautiful message of encouragement. Thank you
Jan Ackerson 12/07/05
I love the way you weaved the theme of "hope" through each paragraph.

One correction: "barbed wire," not "barbwire."

Very peaceful entry.
Alexandra Wilkin12/09/05
Very restful indeed. God bless.