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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)

TITLE: Cutting Words, Bleeding Dreams
By Laurie Kiel
03/13/13


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My mind recreates the word knife that had once stabbed my eardrums. The knife again plunges deep into my heart, as my self concept bleeds out. The words once spoken by my church drama leader pierce my heart -- Stab – “You don’t have the gift of acting.” I create my own Nightmare on Elm Street only instead of Freddy invading my dreams, I allow the word knife to slash them, as it pops up at every audition, every performance.

When someone praises my acting, I display the knife so that they can protest its existence, as I seek their words to soothe my wounds.

But then, Jesus holds me close, as He gently applies the pure salve of His truth to my wounds “The dream you have in your heart is from me, and others cannot steal it from you with their word knives unless you let them. Listen to Me, my child, not to them.”

I arise from my Lord’s lap, and touch my heart where my dream resides, whole, healed and slashed no more.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 03/14/13
Deeply moving and profound.
God bless~
Phyllis Inniss 03/17/13
When words pierce the heart, only Jesus can heal it. By turning to Jesus you have resolved the issue. Thanks for posting.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/20/13
I have so many different emotions thumping around inside my brain as I read the story. You did an outstanding job of laying your pain on the table for all to see, not to gain pity, but to help others heal by seeking God. What a wonderful gift you have given. This is a stunning and powerful piece.
Sandra Hartman03/22/13
Yes words can certainly be a knife that goes deep into a person's being.
You have taken a real life problem and put a very creative spin on it. God Bless
Sandra Hartman03/22/13
Yes words can certainly be a knife that goes deep into a person's being.
You have taken a real life problem and put a very creative spin on it. God Bless