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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: Freedom Race
By Laurie Glass


With trembling hands, I lace up my running shoes. Although I fear running this race, I fear not running it even more. Death is at my heels.

I must run away from this life of self-destruction before itís too late. No matter how hard it is or how long it takes, I determine to reach the finish line of freedom. Iím running for my life.

Although my first step is on shaky legs, I feel a bit more steady with my second step. I remind myself that races are run one step at a time.

The steady pace feels comfortable. The rhythmic pats of my feet on the pavement soothe me and reassure me of better days ahead. I know Iíve done the right thing in beginning this race.

I feel a cramp in my leg. These contracting muscles make it difficult to continue so I take a break. I massage my leg and re-hydrate myself. It would feel so good to stay here and relax. Iíve come almost halfway Ė perhaps this is far enough. Running is such hard work. But, no, if I stay here, Iím at greater risk of returning to the starting block and I donít want to go back. Death awaits me there and I must run from it.

Iím making extra effort to resume my pace. Itís taking more out of me than at the beginning but the sooner I do it, the sooner Iíll reach the finish line. However, Iím so out of breath that I question how Iíll complete this race. How will I find the strength to keep running? Is it worth it? A voice saying, ďLook to Me,Ē rings in my mind, filters through to my heart, and strengthens my body. I will persevere.

Through blurry eyes, I see the finish line. I once again remind myself I need only take one step at a time. Although freedom is in sight, these final steps are still challenging, even draining. Soaked in sweat, heart pounding, I labor for each step.

Freedomís sweet aroma comes wafting toward me, fills my lungs, and energizes me to continue. I can almost count the remaining steps. I realize Iíve never wanted anything more than to reach the finish line, than to reclaim my life.

My final step across the yellow line as I break loose the ribbon before me is one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. I drink in thirst-quenching freedom and my entire being is refreshed. In the strength of the One who made me, I have outrun death.

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Pat Guy 05/04/07
Wow! And I was holdong mine until the end. I loved this - I really loved this. It truely is inspiring on many levels and wiil touch many exactly 'where they are at.'

It's lovely.
Edy T Johnson 05/11/07
I want to say, "More! More!" This is gripping writing as you take your reader along on the run, one step at a time. Terrific description, here, but I am suspicious this only hints at what lies behind and ahead of this episode. So, I hope you will include this when you write the rest of your story! You sure know how to write, Friend.

Thank you, too, for your welcome comments on my "Sparrow" story. I appreciate it, and you!
Beth Muehlhausen05/12/07
I really like this - it is so true to life! I was right there with you every step of the way and could FEEL the victory! In my opinion, this is a very powerful piece of writing. Makes me think and appreciate the challenge of earthly life and the promises of eternal life.