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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: A Letter From Christ
By Pat Guy
01/17/07


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Ashley struggled to contain the scream of anguish welling up from the deep of her soul. But she couldn’t hold back the tears pouring down her cheeks. She had just miscarried – a crushing blow to their hearts and years of effort. The Doctor’s words of ‘try again’ seemed far away from the reality of the despair she felt.

“When my heart is grieved … you hold me by my right hand.”*


The doctor marveled at the strength beyond this couple’s unimaginable sorrow – a Power beyond themselves. He left them to their grief wrapped in a Love he could sense was Present.

***

George gunned the accelerator. No way is this car getting past me. Serves ‘em right for tailgating. He looked to the left as the car pulled up beside him ready to gloat at the driver he pinned in traffic.

He was struck by the young girl’s face of panic and tears. He saw a baby strapped in the back seat; too calm – too quiet with red blazing cheeks.

“In your anger do not sin.”*


The young girl couldn’t believe it! The man was slowing down to let her through! She instinctively turned to look at the driver and saw the expression on his face. She was so glad he wasn’t angry. She just had to get to the hospital!

***

Twenty! That’s what the sign says lady! Twenty items – not fifty! Can’t you read? Sheesh! Madison gripped the bar of the cart and clamped her mouth shut. She seethed with the desire to say something to this elderly lady taking her time trying to fit what seemed like fifty items on the small space at the express lane. She struggled to keep her body language in check too. One big exasperated sigh would get the point across to this elderly and painstakingly slow lady.

“… help the weak, be patient with everyone …”*


The elderly woman was aware of the controlled restraint of this young lady next in line. She appreciated it. It was her first time going to the store alone after such a long recovery. She wondered if her memory had been affected somehow – she didn’t remember the counters being so small. Nevertheless, she smiled at the young lady and thanked her for her patience.

***

Thanksgiving – a time for feast and family. As Mia flitted around the grocery store she noticed a couple dutifully using a calculator making sure every penny counted. She could tell they were facing hard times by their attempt to appear clean and presentable in soiled and stained clothing ... by the empty look on the wife's face. The young man smiled at her as she walked by with her cart half full. She flinched at the ‘buy one – get one free’ bologna among the other few ‘staples’ in the couple's own cart. She heard the young man give a running total when the wife picked up another item – it went back on the shelf.

“… let us do good to all people …”*


The young wife turned at the tap on her shoulder – she had almost finished putting their food on the counter. The lady with the smile gave her an envelope along with a Star ornament mumbling something about Thanksgiving and Christmas. She handed them to her husband as she continued with the groceries, but when he showed her what it contained she quickly scanned the store, astonished. The lady with the smile had disappeared somewhere among the isles.

***


It has been said, ‘You are the only Bible some people will ever read.’

Maybe they didn’t realize they were paraphrasing from God’s own Words … “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”*

A letter from Christ to the world … yes, that’s what we are … written by the Blood of the Lamb.











*Psalms 73:21-23
*Ephesians 4:26
*1Thessalonians 5:14
*Galatians 6:10
*2Corinthians 3:3
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darlene hight01/18/07
Beautiful reminder that things are not always as they seem and a dying world needs to see something different in us. Thanks for putting it so simply.
Amy Michelle Wiley 01/19/07
Great point! Good job and thanks for the reminder.
Betty Castleberry01/19/07
I could see myself in a couple of these situations. This was a good reminder of how we *should* act according to the scriptures. Wonderfully done.
Jan Ackerson 01/21/07
I really liked this approach--the POV experiment was a great success, and this should give us all second thoughts about our own behaviors.
william price01/21/07
Very good Pat. I wish my regular work was as good as your experimenting. Enjoyed the writing and the message. God bless.
Joanne Sher 01/21/07
This definitely moved me, and got me to thinking about myself. This is wonderful - and I definitely agree with Jan - this is a VERY successful experiment!
T. F. Chezum01/21/07
Very good, and moving. Made me think. Thanks for writing this.
Crista Darr01/22/07
Woo hoo! Love it! So heart-warming and a great encouragement to all of us to be the hands and feet of Jesus - or, of course, His "letter". Beautiful.
Sandra Petersen 01/22/07
Thank you for putting in words the many ways we are living epistles to the world around us. Each of the four vignettes was a small gem, complete with a verse to crown it.

Nice way of wrapping up the entire message at the end. Good reminder to all of us.
Laurie Glass01/23/07
I'd experiment, too, IF I could do it this well. :) This is a great piece with reminders we all need. A bit convicting even in places. Well done.
Marilyn Schnepp 01/23/07
After reading MANY co-writers challenges today - this was the first to bring tears to my eyes and make me FEEL something deep down inside. Thank you! It spells out a great truth! We ARE the Writing of God in action...for those who don't read the Bible. A Terrific read, and a great message!
Helen Paynter01/24/07
Your message comes through very clearly, and each mini-scene was powerful. Good writing, and a good reminder.
Venice Kichura01/24/07
I loved this! What an excellent way to overcome the flesh but by adhering to the writings of God's Word and being the only "letter" that some folks will ever read from God...Great job!
Sara Harricharan 01/24/07
Wow. That's pretty much all I can say after reading this. So very true and very well written. I liked the different instances and characters. Very inspiring and encouraging. Awesome writing!
Loren T. Lowery01/24/07
Turisms never lose their power but when they are presented as well as you have done here - they soar!

Your first paragraph especially had meaning to me. Thank-you.
Mark Kinsman03/08/10
I too started to write at a young age. I have not picked up pen and paper for 23 years. I have been saved for 23 years. Demons excorcised, the Spirit has led me to this sight and to start brushing the dust off the quill (keypad). I have played around with a few challenges and am slowly gertting the juices back. I will write only for God's glory! You are an inspiration, a poet, a visonary and a wordsmith.
Thanks and God bless
Mark Kinsman03/08/10
I too started to write at a young age. I have not picked up pen and paper for 23 years. I have been saved for 23 years. Demons excorcised, the Spirit has led me to this sight and to start brushing the dust off the quill (keypad). I have played around with a few challenges and am slowly gertting the juices back. I will write only for God's glory! You are an inspiration, a poet, a visonary and a wordsmith.
Thanks and God bless