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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expand (07/18/13)

TITLE: Choose Life
By Sylvia Maltzman
07/24/13


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Expand…they say the universe expanded from its single point of origin and is expanding still. God, the point of origin, called it into being with a word, and carefully scattered it in all directions, blessing each bit of matter as it sailed through the void. All expansion starts that way – from a single point, blossoming outward. A woman does not like to use the word “expansion” to describe the progress of her pregnancy, but she, too, is blessed at conception from a single point, the merging of two cells, a spark of life which expands cell by cell, until that bundle of human potential starts to stretch its empty, protectively dark universe, the womb. And the woman stretches, too, becoming a mother, her body expanding with the growth and robust movements of her little one. Her entire life will have to expand in order to cradle that little one, that child, expanding her love and the work of her hands from womanhood to motherhood.

All good dreams start that way as well…from a spark, or a seed, all the way to a bonfire, or a tree. Expansion of that dream, that seed, overtakes and overshadows other things in its path, but growth is comprised of that struggle to choose what to keep in order to feed that spark, that sapling, that little child, and what to push away, clearing the path. It’s not comfortable, and it’s often painful, but whatever isn’t growing is busy dying. The Great I Am instructed us long ago that to follow Him, we must choose life. Reluctantly or eagerly, we must necessarily choose to expand.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/25/13
This is short and sweet and gets right to the heart. You did a nice job and your words are inspiring.
Joanne Sher 07/27/13
Lovely writing, and an important point. Thanks for sharing!
Brenda Rice 07/27/13
Your entry is full of truth and very nicely done. Thanks.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/01/13
Congratulations on placing 23 overall!