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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: The Stone Writer
By Eleanor Joyce
04/29/07


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I am a stone. The Lord has shown me my heart today. I may look like a rounded stone, reading the proper writers, and mixing with the right people. I can be a smooth stone, with polished words and crafted phrases belying the coldness of my hardened soul. In dutifully humble shades of gray, my surface conceals a heavy core of self righteous pride. That is what God has shown me today.

As a writer, I have approached him on my terms, asking him for words to share. I have come within the parameters of deadlines and contracts, word counts and topics. And he has shown me that I am a stone.

He reminds me of who he is, and of what I am, and it has left me with nothing to say. I remember that he created water, but for me he said “I thirst”. I consider that he orchestrated the orbits of the universe, but for me he was willing to be led, blindfolded into pain. I recall that accusing crowds said he was a man, claiming to be God. But the opposite is true. He is God and became a man, for me. He created light, but was abandoned in darkness for me. He died, and rose, to bring me life. And I am a stone. It breaks my heart.

But, slowly a glimmer of joy is born in that brokenness. With gentle patience and unfailing grace he leads me his words in Luke 19:40. “…If these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” From a heart of stone, with the power of his love, he is able to ignite a fire of worship. And I am a stone.


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Myrna Noyes05/04/07
I loved this honest, insightful devotional! I, too, feel like a hard stone at times, but that should not stop me from praising anyway! Thank you for getting to the heart of things and sharing with us so we would be moved to ponder our own hearts as well.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 05/08/07
This is inspirational because of your vulnerbility - inspiring me to be vulnerable as well. Well done