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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: Warrior of the Realm
By Pat Guy


She leans against the door, locking it behind her – an unconscious impulse reflecting her state of mind. Anticipation shivers, moaning its resistance, she draws in a steady breath … it is time.

She lifts her head … eyes hold fast – familiar fears threaten to surface.

The mirror resonates her thoughts in its silvery pool – she can not look away.

Do not fear, for I am with you.

Foul whispers hiss their rage – they lie in wait. Their master told them where to be … and it is time. They shoot forth their venom.

She falls to her knees.

Deliver us from the evil one.

Prostrate … reverent … she embraces The Sword to her chest as she prepares for this battle. Holy Words breathe strength into her soul – Holy Fire touches her lips. She is ready and her Advocate will fight along side her. She will not be alone – she is never alone. Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.

The pain begins, wounds cut deep, scars of battles past still tender … her Advocate groans unspeakable cries before her Lord and Savior. A sweet savor to The Father. Pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.

Cares of this world, unholy thoughts, penetrate their diversions and she lifts The Sword to strike down their control; she must prevail – she must focus on her mission … and they retreat to the outer realm.

His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Whirling moments, suspended in time fuse hope, trust, uncertainty into one lovely word … Mercy … Mercy … according to your unfailing love and compassion … have Mercy. His Glorious Presence wraps her in Light.

She lays a most worthy sacrifice at His feet. For great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise. From each chamber of her heart a song fills the Sanctuary with sweet essence of love, honor and praise, bathed in tears of petitions longing to be heard.

Shadows fall upon her – wings of Majesty, bright as the Morning Star, lift high and Powerful. The Lord’s right hand is lifted, the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!

Evil forces flee their distant perch. They have lost this battle. They will hunt for other prey to snatch in their talons of lies.

She rests. In His joy… she rests. You will fill me with joy in Your Presence.

Unaware are her loved ones, her friends, the Church … the desperate, of the battle brought forth on their behalf.

As intercessor …

As Prayer Warrior of the Realm …

She rests … for now … in His Glorious Light.

Authors note: Italics are partial quotes from these verses in order as they appear: Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 6:13, Hebrews 13:5, Psalms 62:8, Psalms 91:4, Psalms 51:1, Psalms 145:3, Psalms 118:16, Psalms 16:11

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Amy Michelle Wiley 12/14/06
Powerful story! The "unconscious impulse" seemed to be a POV shift, but otherwise great story!
william price12/14/06
The Unsung heroism of intercession! Only God knows. Very nice story. God bless.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/15/06
This was beautifully written. Thank God for prayer warriors!
Suzanne R12/15/06
You wrote about my grandmother! That was so sweet of you - thank you - indeed, she was truly an 'unsung hero'. Oh - it wasn't specifically her? Anyhow, it is beautifully written and powerful because it is true.
Laurie Glass 12/16/06
What a clever take on the topic. I love the way your words flowed to communicate such a powerful message. Great job.
Connie Van Berkel12/17/06
Love the imagery and how you interspersed scripture. Read it several times. Thank you.
Beth Muehlhausen12/17/06
Wow! This pulls the reader into another realm and then carries him along powerfully!

I could picture her entering her prayer closet....but then opening her heart to embrace the fullness of Christ! Awesome!!!

Catrina Bradley 12/19/06
Very powerful. You've captured the battle of the intercessor beautifully. Your words captivated me. Thank you.
Jan Ackerson 12/19/06
This is soooooo good! I know a few prayer warriors like this, and they are powerful, powerful people. Thanks for putting them to words.
Sandra Petersen 12/19/06
What a wonderful description of the battle a prayer intercessor and warrior undertakes when she comes seeking the Lord's Presence face for others. Gave me chills.
Joanne Sher 12/19/06
This is wonderfully vivid, atmospheric, and unique. Loved it!
Betty Castleberry12/19/06
Beatifully written. This is awesome.
Donna Powers12/19/06
Wow! The imagery here is so incredible. I was enthralled by this account and loved your depiction of this unsung hero. Thanks so much for sharing this.
Donna Haug12/20/06
Loved the intensity of the fight contrasted with her peace and rest after she had done her task. Powerful.
Ann Grover12/20/06
Deep and powerful. Evocative and profound take on the topic.
Leigh MacKelvey12/20/06
the imagery was the best part! Great writing.