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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Soul (07/13/06)

TITLE: At the Foot of the Cross
By Cheryl Beckwith


At the Foot of the Cross
Today I bring a heavy bag of regrets to you. I thought I gave it up before but there are times when I find myself still dragging it around. It is a bag full of some ugly things.

At one time my attitude was that I wish I had never been born. I carried that around for so many years. I told you , probably more than once that I did not ask to be born (at least I don’t remember of it) and I might have said no if I could have seen the first twenty years of my life.

Here is this bag once and for all. I know you have forgiven me. I want to be sure I have forgiven myself. The bag I bring you now is much smaller than in the beginning of our relationship but the things in it are probably the heaviest of all the baggage I have accumulated.

My greatest longing is to be as close to you as humanly possible and to be as much like you as any human has ever been.

It breaks my heart to see how little like you I truly am. And yet, I can see the changes you have made in me .I know I have held you back.

You do not barge in and change thing that I will not allow. It scares me to realize just how easy it is for me to stray away from you.

You have given me a spirit and silenced my soul. My soul would have dragged me to the black pits of Hell if it would have been allowed to carry out its devious plan.

The spirit you brought to life over twenty years ago is making me as light as a feather. It pulls me up higher and higher to your light .It twirls me around and I float on the breeze of your grace and mercy.

You have filled me full of life. You give me every reason to want to live .You bring deep emotion over me when I meditate on your amazing love You just keep giving.

You are always there for me .You dry my tears only to bring them back again in gladness. I close my eyes and I see a light beaming down. Your love is being poured in to me.

The world talks about soul. “He’s an old soul” they say about a child who seems wise beyond their years. “She’s so full of soul” the comment is made about someone who seems so in tune with the present culture. “Find your soul mate” the advertisers beckon.

Give me my savior’s spirit and I will have true wisdom. Take this culture from me and give me the old rugged cross. Fill my soul with Jesus; he is the lover of it. Look what you have done for me Lord. My soul rejoices in you.

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Amy Nicholson07/20/06
Wow! This was really great! A couple typos, but who cares! "Take this culture from me and give me the old rugged cross."
Loved it! This was a lovely prayer.
Jan Ackerson 07/20/06
Wonderful prayer--one that we would all do well to practice every day.
Marilyn Schnepp 07/22/06
A devotional that was uplifting. Nicely done.
Lynda Schultz 07/26/06
I might have chosen another title but perhaps that is only because I was grabbed by the picture of the "bag of regrets" idea. We all have them and you painted that picture so well. Good job.