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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

TITLE: Blessed is the Man
By Lisa Beaman
12/06/05


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He is older than he appears. His quick smile and easy laughter fade the years away. His eyes sparkle like the leaves on a large oak sitting in the sun. People are drawn to his dynamic personality and are blessed when in his presence.

He stands straight and tall. He does not hide his faith; he boldly lives it out in his life. The winds of sin and worldliness do not break his stance. He is strong in the Word and its truth.

He is not perfect. He bears the scars of both physical and emotional loss. Yet he carries these scars with grace and gratitude, giving thanks to God for his imperfections. He relies on the Lord to prune the branches in his life that bear no fruit. He accepts his scars as he grows in the direction God intends.

His roots grow deep. They are grounded in loving family relationships, friendships and faith. He is well versed in scripture and eager to share an encouraging word. He also has an ear that is ready and willing to listen to the life stories of others, learning from them and deepening his experiences.

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:3 (NIV)


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Judy Anderson12/12/05
I love the flow of this article, a picture of an elder, filled with grace and strength, not crushed by the blows of life. This picture is filled with simile an a poet's hand. Thank you!
Beth Muehlhausen12/13/05
Loved this peek into the wisdom and understanding of a mature Godly man. Good job!
Suzanne R12/13/05
You've described well the man who is like that tree ... well done.
Steve Clark12/13/05
I love this piece and the way you made your description of the man be applicable to any Christian man in history, but in some ways it could also be Christ whom you describe. His only "imperfections" are the scars He bore unto heaven and the emotional scars, though a stretch, could be a reference to the pain of His feeling forsaken on the cross, by both friend and Father. The room for interpretation in this piece allows us to see each Christian man in the reflection of Christ's example; just as we are to be seen.
Carla Feagans12/14/05
I really enjoyed this. Great descriptions, you did a wonderful job of bringing this verse to life. Very well done.
Jan Ackerson 12/14/05
Quite lovely, peacful, and full of strength.
Marilyn Schnepp 12/16/05
"He is not perfect", and yet he stands tall. This is such a wonderful piece to explain that beautiful verse in the Bible that you have quoted.
Brilliantly written in such a few words! A Masterpiece of artistry at work! Kudos!
Val Clark12/18/05
A lesson for me to remember, here. Thanks. Yeggy.