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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Easter (05/30/05)

TITLE: Three Witnesses
By darlene hight


What have you done to him? Do you not know who this is? Lord, I don’t want to be a part of this. Please, don’t lay him here! How can I stand guard over his broken body? How can I look on this the rest of my existence?

What are you doing? Please, do not use me for this. I wasn’t designed for this! Please, this is my Lord. No, not into his hands! His hands….. Oh no not his hands! Oh……..Oh……Oh…….. I wish that I never was.

Wait, what is it that you are making? Am I to be a crossbeam in the palace? A cross! No, not that! Oh……….what have you done?! Don’t you know who this is? My Lord, I am so sorry! Why have they done this to you? Do not put me on his back. Can’t you see his back? Can’t you see what you have done to his back? Oh….. that I had never been formed. Why was I made for this?

Peter stood staring at the cross where Jesus had hung only hours ago. The blood stains drove a spike into his own heart. He knelt down and with his knife he carved two pieces of wood from the cross. He drilled a hole through the top of one. He then fashioned his own cross, tied it, and slipped it over his neck. “I will wear this. I will never forget what I did to you, My Lord.”

John wept silently over the piece of wood that had held his dearest friend. How could this have happened? Why did it end like this? He spotted the nails that were driven into Jesus’ hands. He picked them up, slipped them into the bag tied at his waist. He walked away.
“I will remember your healing hands.”

Mary stood at the tomb. Where have they taken him? What have they done now?

“He’s not there! Mary, he’s not there! He has risen!” the rock cried out. “He’s not here. He’s alive! He’s alive!”

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Kyle Chezum06/06/05
Very creative and well-written! A winner in my book. I liked this one!
Suzanne R06/07/05
Now this is creative! And it's a perspective on Easter that is indeed 'out of the box'! Great work.
Melanie Kerr 06/08/05
A very powerful piece of writing. Very stark and compelling.
dub W06/08/05
Love the personification, well done.
Sally Hanan06/08/05
Very clever and great title.
Amy Michelle Wiley 06/09/05
Unique perspective. Well done!
Shari Armstrong 06/09/05
Wonderful piece. I love the idea of the three witnessess - because they needed 2 or 3 to prove something true :)
Your piece is indeed creative and moving; however, Peter denied Christ as he hung on the cross. I think as Christians we must be careful to portray the truth of God's word. There is an important lesson to be learned by Peter's action regarding the death and resurrection that was missed. While it may be creative, I'm not sure it's prosperous to God to replace actual events with fictional imagery.
Val Clark06/10/05
A tough, perceptive piece of writing.
Debbie OConnor06/10/05
Very creative. I really like the tree's emotions as Jesus is hung on it. I was with you in a powerful way until the very end when the rock cried out. I like it, but would have liked to hear more from the rock. Overall, a very strong entry.
Maxx .06/10/05
I really like the perspectives here. This is very good.
Joanne Malley06/11/05
A very strong, well-written piece. Impressed how much is said in so few words. Great job!
Lynda Lee Schab 06/11/05
Though brief, this piece was very powerful. Went back and read it a couple more times. Creative take on "Easter."
Well done.
Blessings, Lynda
Pat Guy 06/11/05
I too would have wanted to take somthing, make something, to remember.(I have a cross made out of 3 spikes on our wall in our living room) Very well done - very well said.
Linda Germain 06/12/05
Powerful writing. Wonderful imagery.Very creative.