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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Carols/Carolling (10/02/08)

TITLE: Carols of Love
By Irvine Saint-Vilus
10/09/08


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Carols of Love


Michelle loved the melodic richness of Christmas carols, their cheery lyrics evoking the harmonious spirit of the season. And the frills of Christmas traditions like Santa Claus and elves made the world seem perfect, even for a short time.

But for her it was the baby Jesus who’d captured the essence of the holiday. The plight of the world had rested on His little shoulders and He’d carried the burden with the strength of a million Goliaths.

She imagined singing Him a lullaby of carols as He slept in a makeshift bed in a dingy stable. It was a worthless gift for the worthy King, alongside the gold, frankincense, and Mir, to give thanks for those like her who were getting a chance to live eternally by God’s amazing grace and through the selfless love of Jesus.

Sometimes she dubbed her own words onto the classic Christmas tunes to tell the whole story of Jesus’ life on earth, depicting Him the victor of dueling personalities, God and man. “It is timeless,” she’d belt out, “the Love that touches the hearts of sinners from generation to generation from His throne above.”

It circled the span of the world seventy times seven linking the past with the present and reigning over them. Just as He’d healed the leper by the edge of the water so many years before, He stirs the waters through the move of His Holy Spirit and heals the man dying of AIDS.

God’s love altered Michelle’s faith as He had the faith of His servant Peter decades before. He’d steadied her faith like a rock, even after her mother died of breast cancer five Christmases prior. And after her brother, Harry, whom she called Ham, was throne in jail for using heroin the year after.

She only prayed and sang praises to Him. And when Christmas came round she sang carols to its end till it rolled around again, always feeling His Love radiating through her.


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Olivia Stocum10/10/08
Nice flow. I enjoyed reading this. Keep writing and God bless. Olivia
Jan Ackerson 10/11/08
Nice little character study--it left me wanting to know more of Michelle's story.

Quick note: "throne" is a fancy chair--I think you wanted "thrown".

Your writing is quite pleasant to read.
Karin Beery10/13/08
I like the faith of Michelle to endure. Sharing her personal tragedies helps the reader empathize.

Some of the sentences seemed to run on a bit. I would encourage you to brush up on comma usage. A well place comma can help the reader "hear" the sentences as you intended.

You expressed your faith very well.