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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Exhale (08/15/13)

TITLE: Barely Breathe
By Tim Pickl
08/17/13


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Tortuous crucifixion knocks the wind out of me—I can barely breathe;
The weight of my body suspended by my arms results in chest pains—such misery.
My pectoral muscles are paralyzed; breathing is difficult—my strength wanes.
I can inhale, but to exhale I have to push on my feet and straighten my legs;
That action releases the immense pressure pulling on my arms and chest…
Oh… but the pain this brings to my nailed feet is excruciating torment;
But as I blink away bloody sweat, I think of you, my friend—every moment.

I feel the weight of all of your sins bearing down on my body like a flood;
I know I have to endure the cross and the shame while they shed my blood;
While gasping for every breath and suffering such anguish just to exhale again;
I AM doing this because my love for you is more than you can comprehend:
I AM the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father—Immanuel, God is with you!
While I AM fighting for every breath, I AM exhaling my last words of truth:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do .” (Luke 23:34a NKJV)


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CD Swanson 08/22/13
WOW!!!!!!!

Deeply and completely powerful!

God bless~
Brenda Rice 08/22/13
Marvelous, wonderful and full of Glory! Oh, how He loves us.

Thanks.
CD Swanson 08/29/13
Congrats! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/30/13
Congratulations for ranking 5th in your level and 23 overall! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/30/13
This is such a powerful piece. You took me right to the cross where I could feel Jesus looking at me and telling me how much he loves me.