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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)

TITLE: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
By Laurie Kiel
08/03/11


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I bolt upright in my bed, heart pounding. The words “you’re fired” are still ringing in my ears, yanking me back into consciousness. Images of my boss chewing me out were still playing in my head. Like a diver coming out of the depths, I take deep breaths to decompress as I emerge from my dream back into reality.

It was only a dream. Those words saying “you’re fired” had not been uttered by my real boss, only by his dream doppelganger. Even with the dream over, I can’t get back to sleep. It was too real, the words too frightening. And in the shadows of night, doubts swarm around me like demented termites, eating away my confidence.

Morning eventually comes, and the bright sun chases away my shadows. I go to work, still nervous that my boss will be upset over the mistake I had made the day before. He accepts my apology and all is well. Was this what I had wasted a night of sleeplessness on?

The nightmare had been so real, the reality so different. And I wonder, we talk about people “going to sleep” when they die. But instead, aren’t we asleep now? When we reach heaven, this will all seem like a dream. When we die, we Christians won’t be going to sleep, we will finally be waking up. The dream will be over, and God’s glorious reality begins.

“Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream.”


For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:11-13 NIV.


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Noel Mitaxa 08/04/11
Great approach to the topic, and straight to the point. Well done.
Linda Goergen08/04/11
I really enjoyed this! Love the vision of death as an awakening, not a going to sleep!! Good job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/19/11
This is a great devotion. You really nailed this topic. I think the Bible verse was a perfect fit. Congratulations on ranking 9th in level 3