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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Space (01/23/06)

TITLE: No More Sea
By Pat Guy


‘Then God said, “Let us make man …”’

These are the Words I read in the Living Book of yesterday, today and tomorrow, and I asked myself, ‘Why? … Why did God make man?’

At what moment in endless time was man birthed in God’s heart? When did the first whisper of love for man begin?

Did the empty void beyond Holy Realm reflect something that always was? Or did it reflect nothing at all?

For when the flame of Holy Light radiated through endless space, piercing through endless time …did the Hand of Glory touch His intended? Was His search reciprocated with hollow emptiness? Did He find no dwelling for His Intimate Grace – no reflection of His Loving Mercy?

I read again, ‘Then God said, “Let us make man …”’

And again I asked myself, ‘Why?’

So I reviewed the first moments God spoke and thoughts provoked more of the same, ‘What can Empty offer God? Of what use is Formless, beaten down by Deep and Dark?’

The beauty before me in Living Words painted a masterpiece …

Empty heard its Master and awoke to new light. Formless stretched to magnificent heights as stately beasts stretched their limbs, shaking off the dust of dry ground. Creation beamed with order and life; blossomed with color, fragrance and food in preparation for the Hands of its Creator – in preparation for the breath of God.

Then He said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness* …”’

And I wondered, ‘What did God use to mix with dry Earth to make the clay for living flesh? Did He use Living Water? The earthen vessel to be formed would be filled with Holy Breath … but why clay? Clay is so fragile. It will break when it falls. A vessel made of pure gold – clear as glass, adorned with priceless jewels should be the one entrusted with such a Holy Treasure!

Then the last Words of the Author called me, beckoned me across the pages of history that told of death, redemption and life. They drew me to the ending of His Living Book and I closed my eyes as the illumination of this prophecy filled my soul…

‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea…. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God”’*

Things too wondrous carried me toward a flicker of a thought; for the flame of Holy Light had revealed empty space and pierced through the darkest of time. The hand of Glory had reached further than Eternity and took hold of the end to create the beginning; to create a dwelling for His Intimate Grace – to bestow a reflection His Loving Mercy.

And ‘He said to me, “It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the end”’*

The beginning/The end – One, forevermore.

I cannot comprehend the wonders of His Love.

1. *Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
2. * Revelation 21:1, 3 (NIV)
3. *Revelation 21:6a (NIV)

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Linda Watson Owen01/30/06
Stunningly beautiful! I wish I had 'space' to copy all the phrases that I love from this entry. Here's just one: "Things too wondrous carried me toward a flicker of a thought; for the flame of Holy Light had revealed empty space and pierced through the darkest of time." Pure poetry! This has blessed me much!
Laurie Glass 01/30/06
This is both a beautiful and a thought-provoking piece. Not only did this piece make me think, but it also touched me with its poetic voice. Lovely.
terri tiffany02/01/06
This was beautiful...I have to use that word again. As someone else said...it was poetic and thought inspiring as well. Very, very nice!
Lynda Lee Schab 02/02/06
As many have mentioned - this is pure poetry. Your words flowed down the page with ease and took my breath away. To repeat the popular description, it was simply beautiful. Magnificent!
Blessings, Lynda
Corinne Smelker 02/02/06
the imagery used throughout this piece was incredible - I certainly hope it does well in the Challenge
Jan Ackerson 02/02/06
"...At what moment in endless time was man birthed in God’s heart?"

That's my favorite line. This is great, really masterfully written.
Shari Armstrong 02/02/06
Wow -great thoughts! well done.
Crista Darr02/02/06
Pat, your writing is taking us to high places. I love your expression of the oneness in the beginning and the end. This is a deep and beautiful journey.
Garnet Miller 02/03/06
Sometimes I wonder why God created us as well. But, then I think of His great love and sacrifice to bring us into a new reality in His loving arms for all Eternity. And then, I thank Him for my life. Well done and very thought-provoking.
Cheryl Harrison02/03/06
Yes...it is beyond comprehension that God would desire to share his image with us. He knew we would smudge his image. He knew we would turn away from him, yet he still made us in his image...and because he knows how he formed us and remembers we are made from dust (Ps 103:14), he extends his grace. He is truly an awesome God! Good job...thanks for the inspiration.
Maxx .02/04/06
Excellent once again. Very polished and well presented. Well thought out. Wonderful message. A contender in a fairly strong week! Great work!
T. F. Chezum02/04/06
Very well done & thought provoking. Great job!
Debbie Sickler02/04/06
This was full of masterful imagery and I loved the lines, "At what moment in endless time was man birthed in God’s heart? When did the first whisper of love for man begin?" Thanks for giving me something to think about in a new way. Really well done and I hope you place this week!
Suzanne R02/07/06
What a great take on 'space'! It is pure poetry ... wow!
Julianne Jones02/07/06
Poetry in prose - those were my thoughts as I scrolled down the page. Simply beautiful, Pat, and with a depth that begs to be read again and again. Thank you. Well done.