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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Winter (11/14/05)

TITLE: I Am Here.
By Pat Guy
11/21/05


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When Lord? When will this stop?

Soon, my child. When it is time.

I grow faint of the cold. I am crushed as the frost. Hear my cry, O Lord. Relieve me of this suffering.

I am here. Take my hand.

I can not, Lord.

My heart dwells in the dead of night. Raging winds pursue me. My soul thirsts beneath layers of frozen pain. Help me! I long to feel – to live. I cannot move!

My child, it is but for a season. Look up! The Sun shines!

I do not see Its light – I do not feel Its warmth. Where is It?

Behind clouds of doubt – in the shadow of your tears. I am here…always

Help me Lord. I can not……

Be still my child. Rest now in the silence of this time. I will reach you – do not fear. I will touch your heart, so it hears mine. I will cover you, with the Light of My love until you bloom once again. Your branches will be stronger, your blossoms sweeter. Your heart ablaze with praise!

I grow faint of the cold. I am crushed as the frost…….

Shhhhh, my child. Shhhhh. Sleep now and rest, as I hold your hand, as you breathe My Presence, as life renews – I am here. Be still…. and know….

Shhhhh…..shhhhhh…..I love you…I love you.

Listen now to My voice,
Hear My Words,
As you rest upon My heart,
As I stroke your brow.


‘Do not fear,
I am with you,
I am your strength,
I will help you – I will hold you.’

Lord……?

Shhhhh, my child. Shhhhh. Sleep now my precious one, as you rest upon My heart, as I stroke your brow – as you breathe My Presence.

Be still…. and know…. I am here.











Psalms 143:1-10 (NIV)
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)


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dub W11/21/05
Intriguing piece, however, it makes the reader search for winter - a mere general assumption in far northern areas that winter is cold. Nonetheless, a well thought out piece.
Sandra Petersen 11/22/05
My eldest daughter and I read this one together. She liked the line about the Sun shining (or is that Son?) I had my own favorites: "I am crushed as the frost" and the promise "Your branches will be stronger, your blossoms sweeter. Your heart ablaze with praise!" The entire sixth paragraph is full of such heart-wrenching despair, and then the cries subside with the continual loving reassurance, the final comforting hushes of a Parent as the weary suffering one finds rest and peace. Beautiful! One I could reflect upon when I begin to despair. Thank you so much for sharing this!
Lynda Lee Schab 11/23/05
Really, this was a powerful piece, packed with much emotion. I caught many references to Winter, and loved the figurative approach, rather than the literal. Very creative, unique entry.
Blessings, Lynda
terri tiffany11/23/05
I think it was written beautifully:)
Julianne Jones11/24/05
Beautiful and from the heart! The Father comforts us just as we as parents comfort our children. Loved the way you used winter images to portray the despair and heartache of one of God's children. And then the reminder that it is just for a season. Well done.
B Brenton11/24/05
It's in the box...
but heartfelt...
so I like it. :)
Jesus Puppy 11/24/05
Ahhh what a way to be comforted,, but the Lord's own loving hands.. very well done.
Laurie Glass11/24/05
This made me cry. I have been there. Beautifully written.
Suzanne R11/26/05
Very touching, the comforting calming voice of God Himself. Well done.

And I agree - winter was all through it!
Jan Ackerson 11/26/05
I was especially touched by the "shhhhh-ing." Just perfect.
Carla Feagans11/26/05
This is wonderful. I think I'm going to keep it close at hand to read on my toughest days.

This was exactly what I needed to hear - what so many of us need to hear in the winters of our lives. Thank you for reminding us of God's love and reassurance even when we are fighting or questioning it.

This really touched me. And that's what it's all about, right? Thank you.
Linda Watson Owen11/27/05
Beautiful, Pat! So emotionally powerful and immediate. The voices are 'real' in every way!
Garnet Miller 11/27/05
Isn't it funny: sometimes God just wants us to be still and know Him. Over the past few days I have developed a bad cold. Yesterday I lost my voice. And you know what? I still tried to move and do things. God told me to lie down and rest. I kept trying to speak, but He told me to rest my voice and my body. He said,"Shhh--you need to be still." Thanks for this article. It has me written all over it!
Debbie Sickler11/27/05
Beautifully done Pat. Great job.
Val Clark12/05/05
So beautifully done, Pat. Just what I needed to hear. Love the visual concept of the Father brushing at my brow. Ahhh. Thank you. Yeggy
Tabiatha Tallent03/29/07
This is a beautiful piece. It could've been any one of us, but this puts it into sort of a poetic view.
Joanne Sher 03/29/07
Just beautiful, Pat! No wonder it's a favorite of yours. You have such a gift for putting us right there.
Julie Arduini03/29/07
Very well crafted, leaving me with a huge lump in my throat as I've uttered so many of those words---even this week. A blessing of an entry.