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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Postcards (08/29/05)

TITLE: A Date with Evil
By Pat Guy
09/04/05


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Away in the manger,
No crib for His bed.

He ends as He began – Homeless.

Jesus wakes to the distant bleating of young lambs as their shepherd gently guides them to pasture. His shelter did little to shield Him from the heavy mist of morning, but Creation welcomes Him with such an array of color that He doesn’t mind. Leaning up on one arm, He admires from a distance the palate of gold and coral that wash across the city of Galilee. And the delicate fragrance of passionflower clings to His moist skin in scented balance of earth and palms. Sweeping His gaze across the plain, His thoughts linger on the beauty His Father created so long ago.

He is hungry – unusual for Him so early – but just as well. He will sustain himself with food and water today – Satan is waiting.

A prickly trunk among a cluster of Sable Palms supports an aching back not used to sleeping on the ground, He shakes off the chill of night sending tiny droplets of moisture flowing one into another. Running His hands through His hair, soft coos catch His attention and He reaches up to perch a Dove who just lighted to keep Him Company. Her sweet whispers are met with a delighted smile of pleasure – she has no fear. She waits until He lifts her up to return to the freedom of her skies, gracefully disturbing the rising mist as He watches until she’s gone. It won’t be long now …. His own ascension.

A sigh to His Father as He kneels in Reverence begins an intense plea for Strength and Power to prepare for today’s destined encounter with Evil.

Hunger will have to wait.

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The sun high and hot – sustained and refreshed, He sets out on the well-traveled road from town and greets those who pass by, leaving behind Him a smile on each heart. Distant shouts of praise guide Him to the bank of Jordan where His cousin is baptizing new believers and He notices a few Sycamores nearby offering welcome shade. He sits to rest and silently joins the believers in the joy and smiles on their faces. Love, Joy, Peace – Forever. He takes time to reflect on “why” He is here but is interrupted when John notices Jesus among the trees and eagerly motions for Him to come – not realizing …. there is One more to baptize.

The River Jordan stirs once again as Jesus takes His place beside an obedient cousin whose heart is full with humble pride. Each surrounding believer, already drenched with muddy waters stirred by the emersion of their own souls, quietly prays before their Savior. As John the Baptist speaks, Jesus submits to the death, burial, and resurrection of His body.

And then…….the Heavens parted…….

……. a brilliant blur descended from the skies with Regal Grace …..

A postcard delivered,
On the wings of a Dove,
From a Father in Heaven,
Speaking of love,

“You are My Son, Whom I love,
with You I am well pleased.”*

Drenched with muddy waters, by the submission of His soul, The Spirit immediately lead Him away to the dessert – Evil was waiting.







*Matthew 3:16,17 NIV
Story based on Matthew 3:13 – 4:1 NIV

The name (flower) passionflower is one other note of interest. The flowers of passion vines are associated with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, especially in Latin countries. The five sepals and five petals are said to represent the apostles minus Judas, who betrayed Jesus, and Peter, who denied Jesus.

The five stamens represent the five wounds Jesus received (one each in his hands and feet and the piercing of his side by a spear), the stigmas represent the three nails used to nail Jesus to the cross and the corona of numerous filaments is said to represent the crown of thorns. Certain tropical species possess foliage marked by silvery-green rounded variegations, and these are said to represent the coins of silver for which Judas betrayed Jesus. The Sun Herald 8/13/05


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darlene hight09/05/05
What a great out of the box entry! I love the way you wove his life beginning with his birth. Very descriptive writing that really brings it to life and especially loved the tidbit at the end on the passion flower. Loved it!
dub W09/05/05
What a creative way to tell this story. Thank you.
janet rubin09/06/05
I loved this intimate picture of Jesus' private world.
Debra Brand09/08/05
Very unique entry. The last line of the store where the Spirit lead? or leads him away to the 'desert'. Watch your spelling. Tense seemed ok.
Jan Ackerson 09/08/05
I like this very much, and I like the use of present tense. You slipped into past tense a few times, though. Also, a few random words were capitalized...but these are minor, and picky. This was very good writing, and a creative way to look at the topic. Thanks!
Karen Ward09/08/05
The descriptive writing was lovely, and the view of things through Jesus eyes was unique. A pleasure to read, thanks!
Jan Warrick09/08/05
This is a moving piece. I often wonder what Jesus thought and felt. You have given us a possible glimpse. Thank you.
Amy Michelle Wiley 09/08/05
I like it. :-) I did notice a tense change in the second sentence (but probably wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't asked). "His shelter did little to shield Him..." should be "does little to shield". Great story!
Brandi Roberts09/09/05
A very beautiful entry! Thanks for sharing!
Debbie Sickler09/09/05
Very interesting read. Although Debra pointed out the spelling error in the last line, I'm sure Jesus would have prefered going to dessert!
Julianne Jones09/09/05
This was beautiful - I could almost feel it as well as see it happening. Well done!