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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Deep End (03/06/14)

TITLE: The Deep End (i)
By Judy Sauer


The Deep End

The deep end of life
The deep end of the pool
The deep end of debt
The deep end

The deep end of a marriage
The deep end of a job
The deep end of a friendship
The deep end

The deep end has various scenarios running through my overly active mind. The little hamster just does not take a break from that squeaky wheel. It is more than exhausting; it leaves me breathless.

The deep end of a bottle
The deep end of an ice cream carton
The deep end of drugs of choice
The deep end

The deep end of defeat
The deep end of surrender
The deep end of letting go
The deep end

Why must the pain be merciless? Why must letting go be so darn hard? Why must acceptance seem impossible? Why must anxiety dominate the day? Why?

The deep end of questioning
The deep end of regrets
The deep end of self-betrayal
The deep end

The deep end of no answers
The deep end of never giving up
The deep end of tugging on boot straps
The deep end

These isolated life-situations share a common thread. Twisted into ropes are the whirlwind of endless emotions that heave and weave the agonies and pains of lifeís dead end veracities. The agony of defeat prevails. Yet beneath the delicate veil of denial are more lies we utter. Those little white lies we keep telling ourselves enable placating, ignoring, denial, and all erode our self esteem.

I dare us to dive in and face realities we would rather not see in our own deep ends. Can you spot the flaws in your kinked armor? If we remove the shroud that hides us from the world, will we see a valley of tears? What revelations might come into light if we magnify our actions of willful blindness? Do we even dare?

None of these are easy paths of challenge or tasks to undertake. Only with the powerful grace, mercy, forgiveness, and healing of God can we begin living in the light of day.

The deep end of forgiveness
The deep end of Godís grace
The deep end of healing
The deep end

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CD Swanson 03/13/14
Thank you for this unique and powerful journey. The message and the way it was expressed was clever and fresh.

God bless~
Yvonne Blake 03/19/14
I like the stream of thought with the commentary interspersed throughout - especially the ending.
Philippa Geaney 03/19/14
This is clever. Well written and very thoughtful. I could see our exposure to jumping into the earthly deep ends as practice and an understanding of taking the leap of faith into God's deep end of His grace.
Great writing.
lynn gipson 03/19/14
Thank you for every scenario of the deep end I could possibly think of.

A fresh new approach to these two words. I only think of deep end of the water or deep end as in going off of one.

Very well done, I say!
Toni Hammer 03/19/14
Beautiful, powerful and different. The most unique entry of the week in my opinion. I loved how you mixed mediums in this piece. Well done, as always.