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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: Working quietly,together
By Ruthie Forgey
08/01/06


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Working quietly,together

Her sermon penetrated the stillness of

lives that had become coldly

complacent and began to awaken hearts

that had grown inconspicuously

hardened by the mundane. The

gentleness of her message massaged

courage into hopelessness and desire

into defeat. The echo of truth

resonated into the canyons of idle

minds, grabbing the attention of

dismissed dreams, powerless passions

and deserted destinies. Resurrected

kindness and determined thoughtfulness

began to stir as inspiration incited

action, creating an eager quiver in

the congregation to respond. Her

delivery was impeccable, each pause

perfectly planned as our breath hung

on her every movement, our eyes never

leaving her sight. Definitions of

humility and unconditional love were

clearly stated, and contagious

enthusiasm began to consume our

creativity as we searched for methods

of emulation. The deliberate

pronouncements of each poignant point

rendered us surrendered to His call

upon our lives, and clothed us in

unobstructed obedience. Articulated

grace had been given and graciously

received. She had never planned to

preach with such power, never really

even recognized the call on her life.

As a matter of fact, she was even

running frustrated minutes behind this

morning as she was trying to make her

way to work. Then, she saw the crowd

gathered, gawking at a helpless human

in the form of a hump lying on the

sidewalk. His vomit covered him and

his smell was rancid. He was in

apparent distress, gasping for breath

as his panicked eyes searched for a

helping hand and a willing heart.

Jeers of judgment could be heard as

some walked by in self-righteous

ignorance while others stood round in

curiosity cloaked with concern.

Without thought, she pushed her way

through the crowd and kneeled in front

of him. She found a tissue in her

purse and began to wipe vomit away

from his scraggly chin. She held his

dirty and rough hands in hers and

calmed him with a caring gaze directed

into his eyes. Both their eyes filled

with tears as compassion began to seep

into his soul and his gasp for breath

had been met with someone willing to

give him life. His panting was

greeted with prayer as she bowed her

head and spoke loud but silent

petitions to our heavenly Father.

Soon, the paramedics came and carried

him away. She stood and smoothed her

wrinkled clothes and then continued

her journey to work., unaware of the

sermon she had just preached. Many

lives had been altered because she had

chosen to make the sidewalk her altar,

openly offering selfless sacrifice

without thoughts of selfish gain,

recognition, and promotion. I left

the crowd that morning, feeling

wonderfully blessed and rightfully

reproached. In her, I had seen Him

and I knew that I would never be the

same..


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Joanne Sher 08/09/06
WOW - this is very powerful! What a vivid picture you painted. I found the short lines distracting, but I'm guessing that wasn't your fault. What a great message!!
Summer Cordon08/10/06
Wonderful! And congrats on your placement!