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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)

TITLE: Into the Light
By Karlene Jacobsen
05/26/09


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I will never be able to express to you the despair I felt when I entered the room that day. Darkness was so thick and heavy, it made breathing difficult. Although every ounce of my being screamed, “RUN! ESCAPE…” I remained rooted to the place where I stood.

The door clicked behind me, shutting out any trace of light left from the other room. My life as I knew it was over.

I was told this would happen. Some tried to warn me, they even tried to talk me out of it. They said in this room I would see things that would humiliate and terrify me. As far as I could see, which was no where, they were wrong.

How long I stood in that room alone I could not tell you; it felt eternal. The silence was deafening. My own thoughts pounded in my ears, screaming, wailing, taunting, and mocking. When at last I decided to listen to my flesh, a light flickered on in the distance. At least I think it was distant, or it could have been just very small; what I know is it caught my attention.

From the direction of the speck of light, I heard a voice that was sweet and kind. “Come to me.”

Fear told me taking a step would be the death of me, but intrigue overruled and I took a tentative step toward the little speck. One step, two, three, Hey, there’s nothing to be afraid of … my steps became more confident and quick; that is until I looked down and could see that I was wearing a wedding dress.

I stopped, ran my hands gently across the exquisite fabric of the dress. Where did this come from? I came in here in jeans and t-shirt… my mind could not find an explanation.

“Come to me.” The voice beyond the light beckoned, reclaiming my attention.

Turning my focus back on the light, I began to move forward again. As I moved, the light grew larger until it was so bright I could not look at it any longer. My hand shot up and I bowed my head to shade my eyes. As I did so, I noticed a black spot on my beautiful white dress. I felt around in the darkness for something to scrub out the offense, but was unable to get hold of anything adequate. My heart began to splinter and I wept bitter tears.

“What is the trouble?” Oh, the voice was so gentle.

“There’s this spot. It became apparent as I drew closer to Your light. How can I come with my dress soiled?”

“Before you, you will find lamb’s wool soaked in blood. That will cleanse the stain.”

It had not been there before, but I was not about to question Him, so I looked toward the light again. Just as He said, there was lamb’s wool, soaked in blood.

I washed with the blood and the stain was removed. Who’d a thought blood would remove a black soil stain?

“Carry that with you always,” it was a gentle warning.

My trek toward the light source began once again. I began to hum favorite childhood songs like, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” It was not long though, before I saw another stain; this one was larger than the other one. But upon His instruction, I applied the blood and the stain dissolved.

This process continued. The stain getting larger in appearance the closer I came to the light; but each time the blood removed the stain.

I was now feeling the warmth of the light, and I looked around me to find that light encompassed me about dispelling the darkness I had once been in. My soul rejoiced as I stood confident before my Bridegroom.

It was then I heard Him say, “Well done My good and faithful servant.”

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So often, as we draw closer to our Lord, we see our utter wretchedness in the light of His holiness. But thanks be to the LORD our God; as we allow the blood of the Lamb to cover us, it is the righteousness of Christ our Father sees, and not our filthy rags.

Isaiah 64:6


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Jan Ackerson 05/29/09
Very good allegory!

I'm not sure you needed that last little bit, explaining it to the reader--trust your own writing to do the trick!
Patricia Herchenroether06/03/09
Very well done! This is a rough draft? I can't imagine how you would make it better. I know I will keep this scene in my mind every time I think of my Judgement Day.
Colin Swann06/03/09
Thanks for showing us the importance of being cleansed and made clean and white by the Blood. Lovely devotional writing - Thanks

Colin
Catrina Bradley 06/03/09
I love it! I got a chill when she looked down and saw she was wearing the wedding dress. The blood washing the spot is excellent. Superb work.
Lollie Hofer 06/03/09
Loved your creativity and thinking outside the box. I could see your MC in the white dress cleaning it with the blood. Good message.
Pamela Kliewer06/03/09
I absolutely love this. I have been thinking of holiness a lot lately and so this story fits well w/ that. Thank you so much for this. Well done.
Mona Purvis06/03/09
You took me on a journey and did it very well. The story itself is very rich and deep.
Mona
Rhonda Schrock06/09/09
I like this! Having grown up in a legalistic culture, this is a wonderful take on what Judgment Day may be like. Thank God!