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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: Tender Mercies
By Valora Otis


Never underestimate the power of the Lordís tender mercies. Those same tender mercies can fortify and protect us in these troubled times in which we live. When we cannot find comfort He provides the solace, which we so desperately need. When we try to show the joy we feel, and the words donít come to explain the unexplainable and the tragedies in life, He is there. When we are alone in the world and the pain seems without end, He shines his light on us so brightly that we can find our way through the darkness threatening to overwhelm us.

Like the Fire-fighter carrying a small child out of a flame-engulfed building, the tender mercies of the Lord carry us in mighty arms. He delivers us from our fear, our loneliness, our pain and our sins.

Deliverance from the fire that threatens to consume us is the greatest gift of all. The Lord fortifies and delivers us if we take time out of our busy lives and give our lives over to Him who holds the power to deliver us from the buffetings of the adversary. He is the light and we can choose to follow Him from the darkness, safely into the light of his love. The joy is in the surrender of that moment of dedication.

He is my ĎFire-fighterí and I am the child whose tears of gratitude course down a hot cheek as Iím carried to safety in the middle of the darkest night of my life. His tender mercies are there for all of us. All we have to do is ask.

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Marilyn Schnepp 10/12/06
A short anecdote to begin your message would be a lure for your readers...to hook them and bring them in to read the thoughts you have to offer them. Just a suggestion. Thanks for sharing.
Edy T Johnson 10/12/06
I like the image comparing Jesus to the fire-fighter, rescuing the child in danger. I agree with Marilyn that you might want to begin this sweet devotional with a brief (touching?) anecdote, to better grab your reader.
Ann FitzHenry10/12/06
I thought this was really lovely. It shines with praise for the Lord. Your entry is a reminder for all of us that we are not alone in difficult times.

My favorite lines:
His tender mercies are there for all of us. All we have to do is ask.

Betty Castleberry10/16/06
Wise words in a nice little devotinal. I tend to agree that sharing an anecdote might have helped to draw readers in. I did like this, though. Thank you for sharing it.
Jan Ackerson 10/16/06
"I am the child..." That image alone was enough to bring a lump to my throat. Very nice.
Joanne Sher 10/16/06
Just ADORE the final paragraph - definitely a keeper! Nice job!
Shari Armstrong 10/16/06
Some powerful images here - thanks for sharing it!
dub W10/17/06
The first sentence made me pause and say "amen." This is very well written. A tight message worthy of recognition.
Donna Powers 10/18/06
Very nicely done and it's always good to be reminded of the way the Lord cares for us.
Sara Harricharan 10/18/06
This would make an awesome devotional! Great job!
Donna Haug10/18/06
Everyone has already said it, but the hook would have helped. Maybe if your original inspirational idea couldn't be used, you could make up your own in a similar vein? I love the feel of those two words: tender mercies. It sounds so gentle.
Aylin Smith 10/18/06
Well done!
Laurie Glass 10/19/06
Lovely devotional. Your words are calming in this piece. Well done.
Val Clark10/19/06
Right fromthe heart! A difficult place to write from but you did it anyway! Thanks for sharing such important insights.