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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Time to Burn
By Kathy Bruins
07/23/07


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It was I! It couldn’t be. How could anyone have seen us? My face reddened with the internal heat that rose from my being. No air filled my lungs. The forbidden fruit I took and ate was displayed for all to see. But how did…? The hotel was so far away…from everyone.

I knew it was wrong. I wanted to say I couldn’t help it, but somehow that didn’t ring true. I wanted him, and was ready to do anything to feel his embrace. Mark and I allowed lust to takeover, rather than Jesus. I couldn’t look any longer at the images of degradation.

The cover-up seemed so well planned…so precise…no one would know. Our families would never know the deception, and therefore, never be hurt. It was just “our thing.” What a lie I believed. I sank to my knees seeing that the One Who loved me most looked devastated. I hid my face knowing the hell that I deserved.

He showed me the wounds in His hands. I heaved the sounds of sadness curled on the floor, the retch that I am. He suffered because of me. It’s time for me to burn for this…it’s what I deserve.

“Daughter,” he said.

I looked up and saw only love as He stretched out His arms to me, beckoning me to come.

“No,” waving Him away, “I don’t deserve you.”

“I paid for it all, my child. My love for you covered your sins…all of them. You have been freed from the darkness.” His hand rose to clear the loathsome images. “They will never be seen again. You are forgiven. The sin is cast out, but not you. Come.” His hands were lifting me up into His arms…for all to see. His embrace will never let go of my heart. I am His!


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Dee Yoder 07/27/07
"The sin is cast out, but not you." I think that should be printed above every church door in America! It's the gospel in one sentence! Lovely entry.
Virginia Gorg07/27/07
Short, with a powerful message. Well done.
Sheri Gordon07/31/07
This is a very well written, powerful message. Good job with the topic.
Lynda Schultz 08/01/07
I agree: "The sin is cast out, but not you" is a classic line. A couple of little things to fix. I could be wrong but I think it woud be more correct to say "It is me!" and it should be "wretch" and not "retch." Interesting take on the theme.