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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Writing "The Book"
By Clyde Blakely


The first page, clean and white, stains red as His palm glides over it. With sorrow and joy, determination and resolve, He faithfully writes the first name: Abel.

More names quickly follow.

Special feelings accompany each entry: Noah’s obedience and reward. Job’s name brings a smile as He remembers the wager He knew He would win; the Devil thought He gambled. Not one entry lacks His mercy, grace, or love.

Thousands, no millions of names are recorded, sometimes coming simultaneously, but He never tires or misses even one. As each is recorded there is rejoicing all around, angels singing, reunions happening. Joy and peace abound. Abraham eagerly greets many “family” members of a seemingly endless line.

All names were chosen before the foundation of the world, yet each had to choose to have their name written in this book. Other books fill with names as well, though they do not bring the same responses in heaven. They will be opened later, with weeping. This book, however, is one which will be read with eternal rejoicing. The second best book ever.

Writing “David” gives joy to the King of kings, Whose Name is also written – not in the pages of the book but on its cover.

Ruth and Rahab are among many individuals who others saw as having no hope of salvation but they, too, are recorded. His Spirit changes hearts and destinies.

1948 brought just such a person’s name into earthly existence. Born of loving parents, his grandfather was a “hell, fire and brimstone” preacher and baptized him as a youngster. The world thought him a good person, a leader, yet he knew in his heart something was not right. At age 18 God spoke to his spirit, revealing the accountability and consequences of his actions. Receiving Jesus’ free gift, the pen recorded one more name that evening with those of Ruth and Rahab and David and Abraham and Job and Noah and Abel and the untold number of others.

Recording continues all the while knowing He is nearing the last page where the last name is to be written. Then will the Writer’s Life be eternally shared with all who are found in His Book. Alleluias will fill the heavens for eternity. I will try to be louder than anyone else.


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Kate Oliver Webb05/22/10
I really do like this! To see the writer joined in HIS book with all those of faith, really blessed my heart. Excellent in praise of our Lord and His grace, and very well written.
Brenda Shipman 05/22/10
Such a unique take on the topic. I bet no one else thought of this - God, writing in the Lamb's book of life. Neat! We all eagerly long for that last name to be written and we will join all those "names" around the throne. As writers, this serves as a great reminder that God Himself is an author. He, the "Word" started all this! :)
c clemons05/29/10
Ahh...to know with a certainty that one's name is recorded in the Book of Life is a blessing that too few have really ascertain. Many are in the book of doubt. Good job again Clyde. I am taking a break right now from FW so I don't have access to my messages so I hope you have my email address. Be blessed.